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Visa Information in English

17.04.2024 - Artikel

General Information

Please read the following information carefully and use the contact form for inquiries to specific questions only.
If the information requested is available on our website, we may not reply to your message.

Please understand that questions regarding the status of a visa application will not be answered. If additional documents are required to process your application, the Embassy will contact you.

Please do not submit unrequested documents, especially invitation letters. The Embassy doesn't have capacities to store documents before the submission of the application. All documents have to be presented by the applicant at the time of the appointment with the Visa Section.

All applications have to be submitted in person. Please book an appointment with the visa section online:

Online Booking System German Embassy Bucharest

The Embassy does not charge fees for visa appointments. Any visa fees due will be charged on the day of your appointment. The Visa Section does not offer consultation on the phone.

What has changed since 31 March 2024?

Internal air and sea border controls between Bulgaria and Romania and the countries of the Schengen area have been lifted as of 31 March 2024.

Holders of valid Romanian residence permits and national visas for long-term stay, are able to travel according to Art. 21 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement based on these documents as well as a valid and recognized travel document up to 90 days in an 180-day period within the Territory of the other Schengen states, as long as they fulfill the criteria of Art. 6 of the Schengen Borders Code. It is irrelevant whether they stay in the other States of the Schengen area for 90 days in a row or they enter and leave several times.

There is no change for holders of Romanian national short-stay visas issued until March 31, 2024. These entitle you to stay in Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus. A standardized Schengen visa is still required for a stay in Germany.

National visas are issued for long-term stays for a particular purpose. Usually issued for 90 days, such visas may be issued for up to a year in certain cases. After entering Germany, visa holders must apply for a residence permit as a general rule.

Preparing your application

You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany. The entire visa application process can take several months.
Please fill out and print the visa application forms for your appointment:

Application Form National Visa
Consent Letter Minors

Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents or supporting documents are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for each type of visa:

EU Blue Card

Family reunion (German spouse/children)

Family reunion (foreign spouse/children)

Job seekers

Language course


Studies in Germany

vocational training (in German)

Please book an appointment with the German Embassy to submit your application in Person:

Online Booking System German Embassy Bucharest

Important Requirements:

Your passport has to contain at least two blank pages. It must have been issued within the last ten years.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the German Embassy in Bucharest in person. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The German Consulate General will ask you questions about your planned trip and take your fingerprints.

Data protection

Please print the information on data protection. Upon submitting your visa application you will be asked to acknowledge receipt.

Information on data protection

Receipt of the information on data protection

What happens during processing?

The German Embassy in Bucharest will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will check whether your application meets the legal requirements. Depending on the purpose of your trip, it can take up to three months to check your application. The German Embassy will contact you as soon as it has made a decision on your application. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries are only answered if they are made by email by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant.

Return of your passport

As soon as the German Embassy has reached a decision on your application, you will get an answer. In case of rejections. There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected. You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the resident’s registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigner’s authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.

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