Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.
For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.
Applicants, who intend to travel to visit and stay with family/friends legally residing in Germany, need to apply as Visitor Family/Friends. Eligibility
Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:
- holding a valid passport/travel document
- holding a valid UK residence permit. In case applicant holds a short stay visa, a C type visa (see example here), for the UK, then applicant needs to apply for a Schengen visa from his/her residence country.
- applying for a short stay visa (Tourist: including Minors, Visitor Family/Friends, Business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family member or Airport Transit)
The following counties, see here highlighted in red, come under the jurisdiction of the German Embassy in London, i.e. applicants residing in 1 of these counties can only submit their visa application at the VFS Germany Visa Application Centre in London or Manchester, which are outsourced representatives for the Embassy of Germany in London.
The following counties, see here highlighted in green, come under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Germany in Edinburgh, i.e. applicants residing in 1 of these counties can only submit their visa application at the Consulate General of Germany in Edinburgh.
|Visa Category||Visa fee (in Euro)||Visa fee (in GBP)||VFS Service fee (in GBP)|
|Tourism/Visitor Family & Friends/Conference||60||53.20||19.50|
|Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine||35||31.10||19.50|
|Children between 6 and 12 years old||35||31.10||19.50|
|Children less than 6 years old||0||0||19.50|
|EXEMPTION VISA FEES||-||-||-|
|Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Germany.||0||0||19.50|
|(scientific) researchers from third countries||0||0||19.50|
|Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations.||0||0||19.50|
Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.
VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.
All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester), Credit/Debit card or Postal Orders in the name of “Germany Visa Application Centre”.
Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.
All fees are non-refundable.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- All of the required documentation listed below is mandatory for all applicants, including such cases where flights, accommodation, insurance and other items may be arranged by applicant’s employer, travel companies or any other companies or individuals.
We therefore strongly advise that applicants provide the documents as listed below, and should not provide documents based on any other source. If documents provided are not as per the requirements below, this may lead to delays at the application centre, and in some cases applicants may be required to take new appointments to resubmit their application.
The list of documents below is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/documents, if desired by the Mission.
Both the standard and the supporting documentation have to be recent, i.e. not older than 1 month, and need to be provided for every Schengen visa application.
Applicants always have to bring and present their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted.
Before gathering the required documents mentioned below, applicants are advised to read the requirements under Overview (see here) in order to ensure they are entitled to apply for the chosen visa category.
For Minors, please click here.
- STANDARD DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
- Printed Visa application form (original) (see here)
- Additional Information sheet (original) (see here)
Document needs to printed, signed and submitted along with the visa application and its additional documents.
- Passport (original)
Signed passport, at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the day of leaving the Schengen Area.
Extended passport may still be valid, but when older than 10 years the passport is no longer acceptable; in that case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.
- UK Residence permit original and photocopy (If holding a UK biometric card, kindly provide a photocopy of both sides)
UK Residence permit, endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area; C type visitor visa (see here) is not acceptable.
- Photograph (original) (see here)
- SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
- Proof of current occupation
- Employer letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed, headed letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s employment) OR last 3 months payslips
- Student letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed, UK school/college/university letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s enrolment)
- Self- employment letter (original): recent (less than 1 month old), signed, headed letter (addressed to the Mission, name and position of the signee and confirming applicant’s self-employment) and obtained from (if applicable):
- applicant’s accountant: when applicant’s company’s accountancy is done by an external/independent accountant
- Receiving Benefits: recent original letter obtained from local Jobcentre or Pension Service
- Applicant, who is sponsored, also needs to provide the following additional documents when sponsored by:
- Spouse/Adult child:
- Marriage/Birth certificate ( copy): when this document was issued outside the EU and is not in English or German, then it should be translated by a certified translator in the UK
- spouse/adult child’s passport ( copy)
- spouse/adult child’s proof of occupation (as in B.1.a, b or c)
- spouse/adult child’s proof of funds
- spouse/adult child’s cover letter (signed & dated) confirming sponsorship
- Any other person:
Formal Declaration of Obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung), which can be obtained from Germany Embassy London (if sponsor lives in UK) OR from the sponsor’s local Town Hall authority (Foreigners Office – Ausländerbehörde) in Germany (if sponsor lives in Germany)
- Proof of funds
- Latest 3 months UK current account bank statements showing applicant’s name, address and an end balance dated within the last month on the visa application submission date; balance needs to show a minimum amount of £ 50.00/day of stay in the Schengen Area + outstanding accommodation and travel fees (alternatively online bank account printouts are also accepted).
- Travellers’ cheques covering the same amount as explained under a.
- Proof of travel (airplane, train, boat, coach, (hired) car)
- Confirmed return travel tickets: mentioning applicant’s name and travel dates to & from the Schengen Area
When travelling by car: car registration, car insurance, return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) mentioning the car’s registration number and driver’s driving licence. If applicant is not the driver, then driver’s cover letter (signed & dated) confirming joint travel with applicant and travel dates need to be provided too.When travel tickets have been paid through travel agency, then a receipt, an invoice or a payment confirmation is also required.
- Proof of accommodation
- Accommodation provided by family/friends in Germany: applicant’s host’s recent (not older than 1 month) cover letter (signed & dated) - confirming travel period and address of stay - is required, along with a copy of host’s passport’s bio page + host’s permit of stay in Germany, if host is non EU citizen.
- Formal Declaration of Obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung), which can be obtained from the sponsor’s local Town Hall authority (Foreigners Office – Ausländerbehörde) in Germany (if host lives in Germany)
- Travel insurance (all-risk medical travel insurance)
The travel insurance – issued in UK or Germany and showing applicant’s name - has to be valid throughout the complete territory of the Schengen Area and must cover the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay in the Schengen Area; the minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation (in case of death clause included) must be 30,000 €.
Please provide 2 recent colour photographs (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:
- Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
- Clear quality and with the face in focus
- Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
- Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
- Photograph attached (paper clipped) to the Visa Application Form
If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.
Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 3 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.
The minimum processing time of a visa application is 1 week, so applicants are advised to leave enough time - between the appointment date and travel date - for the Mission to process their visa application; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.
For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes 3 weeks.
In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).
Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.
Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.
Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:
- to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
- to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
- to leave enough processing time for the Mission
Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Manchester, need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.
The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.
For Germany every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from a Schengen visa application form (VAF).
Therefore each applicant first needs to duly complete the online visa application form as follows:
- Click online Visa Application form
- Select Print Application (all the mandatory fields will be highlighted in red)
- Complete all fields highlighted in red (as per the passport’s details)
Then applicant continues with the following steps to have the completed online visa application form printed:
- Select Print Application (message box requesting for option Open or Save)
- Select Open (new duly completed Schengen visa application form appears)
- Select File
- Select Print & confirm Printing
Once the completed Schengen visa application form has been printed, then applicant needs to finish the remaining steps:
- Sign the completed Schengen visa application form in the 3 designated places (at no.37, right under the disclaimer immediately following to no.37 and then under the acknowledgement immediately following to the 2nd signature)
- Bring the signed visa application form with the supporting documents on his/her appointment day (see Schedule an Appointment).