Visa for Germany

Visa Information

Going to Germany? This website will help you to find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process. It also allows you to download free of charge the relevant application forms.

US citizens in possession of a valid US passport do not need a visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips (for stays up to 90 days). The passport must not expire before the end of the scheduled trip.

Please select:

airport transit in Germany

visit of relatives/friends in Germany

business trip to Germany

tourist visit to Germany

study in Germany / exchange students

employment in Germany

permanent residence with German spouse

visa fees

frequently asked questions (FAQ)

According to the so-called Schengen agreement, tourist and business visas issued by a mission of one of the following countries are valid for travel to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. However, you always have to apply at the consulate of the country which is your primary destination.

Tourist visit to Germany

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Visa needed?

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days. Please check our countrylist if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

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Where and how to apply?

German consular services are available through its Embassy in Washington and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.
Except for rare instances, you have to submit your application in person.
Click here to find out where to submit your application and to learn about any specific application procedures. Due to local particularities handling and processing may vary slightly among the German missions involved.

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Required Documents

– fully completed application form (only German and English versions accepted) and required declaration

– two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)

valid national passport and one copy

– original of valid US alien registration card or valid US resident visa (type A, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, O, R) and one copy

– your current bank statement (I don’t have a bank account / My friends in Germany pay for my visit) and one copy

– confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage with a minimum of $50,000.- (USD) for trips outside the US (Why do I need health insurance?) and one copy

– reference letter from your employer (I’m self-employed and run my own business)

– proof of group travel/hotel reservation/airline reservation and one copy

visa fees

Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.

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How to apply a China Visa


1.Valid & original passport with at least one blank visa page and valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of application

2.One complete filled out Visa Application Form with one passport photo (only color photo with light background like light blue and white is acceptable). US passport holder needs two photos and two Application Forms.

3. An applicant born in China who is applying for a Chinese visa with his or her new foreign passport is required to submit his or her Chinese passport .

The visa application form shall be filled out completely, correctly and legibly, otherwise this can cause a delay in processing or the refusal of the requested visa.

How to apply

1.You must come to the visa office of the Chinese Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction in which you live to submit the application; or

2. If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to come to the visa office of the Chinese Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction in which you live for the application process.

No visa application can be done through mail. No appointment is required.

If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or the denial of visa.

Visa processing time

The regular processing time is 4 working days. Same day pickup requires express service and is charged for additional fee of RP 300,000. (applications presented before 11:30am may be picked up between 3:00pm-4:00pm on the same day, the air ticket for the same day or the next day is needed). Next or Third day pickup will be charged for additional fee of RP 200,000.

Please pay by cash(Indonesia RP) when collect visa.

Visa Validity and Duration of Stay

Usually the validity of a Single Entry or Double Entry “L” visa is 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue. This means the holder of the visa shall enter China no later than 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue, otherwise the visa is expired and is null and void. The duration of stay of a “L” visa is 30 days, which means the holder of the visa may stay in China for up to 30 days from the date of entry. The visa officer may extend the Duration of Stay if the applicant needs and requests a stay in China for more than 30 days.

Additional information

Any person suffering from a mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, hepatitis, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China.

Chinese Visa Application Form Dowload Here(in PDF form)

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How to apply for a UK Visa

Where can I get information?

The UK Border Agency and the British Embassy/ Consulate General in Jakarta work in partnership with a commercial organisation, PT VFS Services Indonesia.

You can find out whether you need a visa and how to apply through PT VFS Services Indonesia website:  PT VFS Services Indonesia also provides information through an e-mail and telephone enquiry service, the number is  (021) 5140 1583/ (021) 5140 1584, or email to  All the information provided is supplied and approved by the UK Border Agency.

Do I have to pay?

No, all information is provided free of charge in Indonesia

Where can I get advice?

PT VFS Services Indonesia and its staff cannot give you advice on how to complete your application, or what type of visa you should apply for.   If you need help with your application or advice about the UK’s immigration rules and requirements, you should seek advice from a qualified immigration adviser. In the UK these are immigration advisers regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner or legally qualified professionals regulated by designated professional bodies.  Their websites are:

How do I submit my application?

PT VFS Services Indonesia manages the Visa Application Centre in Jakarta, where you should submit your application and your biometric fingerscans.

All persons (except as stated below) applying for UK visas must apply in person at the UK Visa Application Centre (PT VFS Services Indonesia), Lt. 22, Zone B, Plaza Asia/ABDA, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Kav 59, Jakarta 12190. All visa applicants must be present at the Application Centre when making their application to have their fingerprints and digital photographs taken.

Children under the age of 5, applicants for Certificates of Entitlement to the Right of Abode, and applicants for British Overseas Territories or Commonwealth visas, do NOT need to apply in person.

Please see the Visa Application Centre website for opening hours and more details:

Who decides whether I will get a visa?

UK Border Agency staff will process and decide your visa application. PT VFS Services Indonesia and its staff play no part in the outcome of your visa application. They cannot influence it in any way. If any member of staff employed by PT VFS Services Indonesia say they can influence your application, you should tell the British Embassy/ Consulate General immediately.

Service standards – complaints and compliments

The UK Border Agency aims to offer a fair and professional service to all our customers. We welcome feedback it helps us to see where we need to improve

If you have any comments, or are concerned about the standard of service you received, please let us know. We investigate all complaints fully and will send you a reply within 20 working days

• If you wish to complain about the service you received from the UK Border Agency at this Embassy/Consulate General, please address your complaint to the Entry Clearance Manager at the British Consulate General, UK Border Agency (Visa Services), Deutsche Bank Building 19th Floor, Jakarta 10310 or by e-mail : .

• If you wish to complain about the service you received from PT VFS Services Indonesia, you may submit it direct to their website, in person, or to the Entry Clearance Manager above.

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Australian Embassy in Indonesia

Applying for a visa

The Australian Embassy has an arrangement with the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) to accept visa applications on their behalf. The AVAC has offices in Jakarta and Bali at:

Australian Visa Application Centre – Jakarta

Level 22, Plaza Asia
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 59
Jakarta Selatan – 12960
(Opposite Pintu 1/Gate 1 Senayan)
Enquiry helpline: (021) 5140 1590-91
Opening hours: 8.30 am to 4 pm – Monday to Friday

Australian Visa Application Centre – Bali

Perkantoran Duta Wijaya, Unit 12
Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon
Denpasar, BALI – 80225
Enquiry helpline: (0361) 264958
Opening hours: 8.30 am to 4 pm – Monday to Friday

The AVAC provides the following benefits:

  • You can lodge your application in person and receive basic visa information from staff
  • No appointment required
  • Extended counter hours
  • Courier option
  • Parking and close proximity to public transport
  • Tracking of your passports

A fee of Rp 150,000 per passport is charged for this service. This is in addition to the visa application charge required by the Australian Embassy Immigration Section to process your visa application.

AVAC also offers a courier option if you live outside Jakarta and Bali or do not wish to lodge in person. For more information about this service, fees charged, contact details, office location and office hours, see:

You can also lodge your visa applications using a registered migration agent, travel agent or student education agent who will forward your visa application to the Australian Embassy on your behalf. Alternatively, you can arrange to courier or mail your application direct to the Embassy at:

Immigration Section
Australian Embassy
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav C15-16
Jakarta Selatan 12940

Applications lodged by courier and mail must be in a sealed envelope and be clearly addressed to the Immigration Section. Delivery is 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Applications must include a pre-paid return envelope clearly stating the return delivery address.

Your application should clearly state the full name, Kartu Tanda Penduduk (KTP) number and contact details of the person you authorise to collect your passport/ documents after your application has been finalised (see below about asking a friend or relative to check the status of your application).

Access to the Australian Embassy Immigration Section is by appointment only. If you wish to lodge your visa application in person, you must make an appointment to do this before visiting the visa office. Appointments can be made by emailing Please note that due to the high demand for appointments it may be two weeks before an appointment can be scheduled.

The decision on your visa is made by immigration staff at the Australian Embassy or Consulate in Bali and not by AVAC or other agency staff.

Visa Application Charges

All visa application charges are listed on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website at:

At 1 July 2008, visa and citizenship application charges are:

  • Visitor and Business visitors – Rp 910,000.
  • Family Migration – Rp 12,910,000.
  • Student – Rp 4,090,000
  • Temporary Residence – Rp 2,270,000.
  • Resident Return Visa – Rp 2,180,000.
  • Re-evidence of a Resident Return Visa – Rp 910,000.
  • Registration of Citizenship by Descent – Rp 1.000,000

These visa application charges can change regularly. For your application to be valid we need to receive the charge that is applicable on the day you lodge your application. Ensure that you have the most current information by visiting before lodging your application.

Payment Methods

Cash – Payment can be made in cash (Rupiah only).

Credit Card – Credit Card – Visa and Master Card are accepted. A 3% merchant charge will be charged to the applicants using the credit card option.

Bank Transfer – Payment can be made by bank transfer to an AVAC account at Standard Chartered Bank. Please contact AVAC for further information.

Bank cheque – Payment can be made by bank cheque. Please make the bank cheque payable in Rupiah to the Australian Embassy. Please include a cash amount of Rp 50,000 for bank cheque clearance fee for bank cheques purchased outside Jakarta.

Payment in Australia – If you have a sponsor or relative in Australia, they may pay the visa application charge on your behalf at the nearest DIAC office in Australia. They can then send the receipt to you – which you can submit with your visa application.

Application forms, information sheets and booklets

Information on the following visas:

  • Visitors
    Tourists, working holiday makers, people visiting family or friends, people visiting Australia on business.
  • Students
    People studying or seeking study, training, or skills development in Australia. Some education agents can lodge your student visa application electronically. See: eVisa Agents
  • Workers
    Professionals and other skilled workers seeking work or business in Australia.
  • Migrants
    People moving permanently to Australia or returning from overseas.

Further information on services provided by the Department is available on the DIAC website at You can also download printable application forms, information sheets and booklets free of charge from this site.

Important notice for visa applicants

Clients need to disclose information about all previous visa applications. Providing false or misleading information in an application may mean that your application is refused.

Your application should be complete at time of lodgement so that your application is finalised as quickly as possible. Checklists are provided for each visa type to assist you. Please note that a decision may be made on your application based on the information that you provide with your application.

Do not send original documents with your application unless requested to do so by the visa office. Please ensure that all copies of documents you provide are certified and an English translation provided if in another language, including Bahasa Indonesia.

In some case, you may be asked to provide more documents or information about your particular circumstances after you lodge your application. The visa officer will contact you should this occur.

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Immigration stamps in passports

For immigration control, immigration officials of many countries stamp passports with entry stamps and exit stamps. A stamp can serve different purposes. In the United Kingdom, an immigration stamp in a passport includes the formal leave to enter granted to a person subject to entry control. Otherwise, a stamp activates or acknowledges the continuing leave conferred in the passport bearer’s entry clearance.

Under the Schengen system, a foreign passport is stamped with a date stamp which does not indicate any duration of stay. This stamp is taken to mean either that the person is deemed to have permission to remain for three months or for the period shown on his visa.

Neither the UK nor a Schengen country is allowed to stamp the passport of a person not subject to immigration control, whether a citizen of that country or a national of another EU country. Stamping is prohibited, because a passport stamp is imposition of a control that the person is not subject to. This concept is not applicable in other countries, where a stamp in a passport simply acknowledges the entry or exit of a person.

Countries have different styles of stamps for entries and exits, to make it easy to identify the movements of persons. The colour of the ink may also provide information about movements. In Hong Kong, prior to and immediately after the 1997 transfer of sovereignty, entry and exit stamps were identical at all ports of entry, but colours differed. Airport stamps used black ink, land stamps used red ink, and sea stamps used purple ink. In Macau, under Portuguese administration, the same colour of ink was used for all stamps. The stamps had slightly-different borders to indicate entry and exit by air, land, or sea. In several countries the stamps or its colour are different if the person arrived in a car in opposite to bus/boat/train/air passenger.

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European Union

Citizens of the member countries of the European Union are also citizen of the union itself, and this is recognised on the passports. They bear both the name of the European Union and of the issuing country (in the relevant language).

Citizens of the European Economic Area (the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) enjoy the freedom to travel and work in any European Union country without a visa, although transitory dispositions may restrict the rights of citizens of new member states to work in other countries. The same rights are also accorded to citizens of Switzerland, although they remain separate from the EEA.

European citizens travelling within the European Union may use standard compliant national ID cards rather than passports. Not all EU countries produced standard compliant national ID cards, and in other countries few people obtained one, which means that many persons need a passport anyway. Unlike most other EU ID-cards, the Swedish national identity card is valid only within the countries which fully implemented the Schengen Agreement, plus Switzerland[citation needed].

The up to now 24 countries that have signed and applied the Schengen treaty (a subset of the EEA) do not implement passport controls between each other, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Some remaining EU countries, plus Switzerland and Liechtenstein, have signed the Schengen treaty, but are not allowed to be included yet. The main reason is that, according to EU law, the member states which joined the EU in 2004 would have to meet strict criteria with respect to their protection of EU external borders, before intra-EU border controls between the old member states and new member states would be lifted. Switzerland and Liechtenstein require some time to adapt their national airports and databases to the standards of the EU.

As a consequence of the above, a French citizen, for example, may travel to the United Kingdom, another EEA nation, and then freely work in that country. However, since the UK has not signed the Schengen treaty, the French citizen will have to carry at least a national ID card, which will be checked at the border. On the other hand, if and when Switzerland applies the Schengen treaty, the French citizen will be able to travel to Switzerland without being stopped at the border, but he will not be able to work freely in that country without authorisation, because Switzerland is not a member of the EEA. This is true notwithstanding the fact that, in most cases, authorisation to work would nevertheless have to be granted by Swiss authorities according to a specific treaty on free movement which had been concluded between the EU and Switzerland.

Some European countries require all persons to carry, or, at least possess, an ID card or a passport. So while Switzerland will not check French travelers’ passports at the border, they may have to show their national ID cards within the country, such as when required by police officers to do so.

Except at the border, ID cards are not required by UK law. There is, however, a de-facto requirement to prove one’s identity to conduct business. A European has to show a European national ID card to open a UK bank account or to prove eligibility to work.

Refugees and stateless persons, who do not have access to passports, may be issued a travel document by the country in which they reside. Holders of those travel documents generally require visas for international travel, and are not be entitled to consular protection. Exceptions to this include persons holding 1951 Convention Documents, who could benefit from some visa-free travel under the convention, persons who reside in the Schengen area, and persons who reside in the Nordic Passport Union area. Holders of UK passports and Irish passports do not automatically benefit from visa-free travel within the Common Travel Area.

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International Civil Aviation Organization Standards

Passport standards are recommended to national governments by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Passports have numerical or alphanumerical designators (“serial number“) assigned by the issuing authority.

The standard format includes, on a passport cover, the name of the issuing country, a national symbol, a description of the document (passport, official passport, diplomatic passport), and, if the passport is biometric, the biometric-passport symbol. Inside, there is a title page, also naming the country. This is followed by a data page, on which there is information about the bearer and the issuing authority, although passports of some European Union member states provide that information on the inside back cover. There are blank pages available for foreign countries to affix visas, and to stamp for entries and exit.

Machine-readable passports are standardised by the ICAO.[3] There is a zone in which most of the information written as text is also printed in a manner suitable for optical character recognition.

To conform with ICAO standards, a biometric passport has an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, which contains data about the passport holder, a photograph in digital format, and data about the passport itself. Many countries now issue biometric passports. The objectives for the biometric passports are to speed up clearance through immigration and the prevention of identity fraud. These reasons are disputed by privacy advocates.[4][5] Governments are reluctant to acknowledge privacy concerns.

Although many countries issue biometric passports, few introduced the equipment needed to read them at ports of entry. In the absence of an international standard, it is not possible for one country to read the biometric information in passports issued by another country.

A passport contains a message from the nominal issuing officer, such as the secretary of state or the minister of external affairs. The passport message, usually near the front of a passport, requests that the bearer of the passport be allowed to pass freely, and further requests that, in the event of need, the bearer be granted assistance.


An international conference on passports and through tickets, held by the League of Nations in 1920, recommended that passports be issued in French, historically the language of diplomacy, and one other language. Nowadays, the ICAO recommends that passports be issued in English and French, or in the national language of the issuing country and in either English or French.

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