[last updated 10 June 2020 at 10:18]
Germany visa application centres are still closed for new applications due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The German government stopped processing visas on 19 March but is now starting to resume activities in some locations.
A small number of visa application centre locations are operating limited passport return services.
You can find out the latest Germany visa application centre reopening information below.
Germany uses a number of commercial partners around the world who operate visa application centres. The largest two commercial partners are TLScontact VFS Global.
All commercial partners are working with the German government to determine where and when it’s safe to resume operations. Visa application centres will therefore open in a phased manner – which will be subject to change if circumstances require – and not all visa application centres within a given country will open all at once.
There is currently no announcement on when Germany visa application centres in the Americas will re-open.
There is currently no announcement on when Germany visa application centres in Australasia will re-open.
There is currently no announcement on when Germany visa application centres in Europe will re-open.
There is currently no announcement on when Germany visa application centres in India Subcontinent will re-open.
There is currently no announcement on when Germany visa application centres in Russia and Central Asia will re-open.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes updates to COVID-19 travel restrictions by the hour. You should check this information before making travel plans and we’d strongly recommend you also check both your own government’s travel information.
Germany does have travel restrictions in place for non-German citizen and non-resident permit holders but is starting to re-open its borders. Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and their family members returning via Germany to their country of residence are permitted to enter the country. Be sure to check what controls and restrictions are in place before to apply for a visa or book travel.