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Please read the information on the website carefully and use the contact form for inquiries to specific questions only. If the information requested is readily 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 Consulate will contact you.

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

Only applications from residents of Romania can be accepted. Applications from persons holding long-term visitor's visa can only be accepted if they can prove that they were unable to apply in their home country.

All applications have to be submitted in person. Please book an appointment with the Visa Section: Online Booking System German Embassy Bucharest

Please use this form to contact us in consular matters.

A Schengen Visa is required if you wish to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for business, visitor and/or tourist purposes, and you do not attempt to work in Germany.

Schengen visas allow People to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days every six-month period for tourist, business and/or visitor purposes.  We are responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination.

To determine whether you need a visa, please check the List of Schengen countries:

More information about the Schengen Agreement

1. Preparing your application

Romanian citizens do not need a Schengen visa to stay in Germany.
Non-Romanian citizens who wish to stay in Germany or transit via Germany may require a Schengen visa depending on their citizenship.

EU Family Members - Free Movement Check list EU-Mobility

Please fill out the visa application forms:
Aplication Form Schengen Visa  - Link VIDEX    

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

Please book an appointment to submit your application in person. You may apply three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest. Book an appointment with the Visa Section.

Important Requirements
The validity of your passport has to extend the duration of your stay by at least three months. It has to contain at least two blank pages and it must have been issued within the last ten years.

Romanian Permanent Resident Card, Work or Study Permit
Its validity has to extend the duration of your stay by at least one month.

Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring all the necessary documents with you to your appointment.

2. Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.

3. 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 assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing generally takes approximately two weeks. 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 can only be answered if they are made by email by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant.

4. Return of your passport

As soon as the German Embassy has decided on your application, your passport can be collected:

  • by yourself
  • by another person with a written authorization from you and a copy of the persons id.
  • by a courier of your choice. Please note! The embassy is not responsible for payment or arranging the shipment.

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.

5. 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 period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa.

Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival.

When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance coverage. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

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