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Visa Applications - how to do!

Visitors from not EU and EEA countries require a visa in addition to their passport.

Contact the consulate general or your German embassy for the visa application and more detailed information.

Your nearest German embassy is listed at

As a rule, applicants must submit visa applications, together with all necessary documents, in person at the German mission responsible for their place of residence. In order to avoid time-consuming requests for additional information or documentation, applicants should contact the respective mission well in advance of their departure date to enquire about any special local requirements pertaining to visa formalities.

Applicants requesting trade fair visa will no longer require an invitation letter from the respective trade fair company.

In an order circulated by e-mail on 24 July 2013 the German Foreign Office informed the visa departments of the German embassies and consulates around the world that applicants requesting trade fair visa will as a rule no longer require an invitation letter from the respective trade fair company.

This order comes in response to pressure exerted by AUMA over many years. Only recently, AUMA pointed out the problems involved at a round table meeting on the subject of streamlining visa application procedures, which was attended by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Office.

Unlike in the case of other business travel visas, an invitation from a trade fair company provides no extra proof. However, in the past large numbers of staff at trade fair companies have had to spend considerable time writing thousands of invitation letters for their visitors and exhibitors. Following the issue of the aforesaid order this time and effort will come to an end.