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Do you need a visa for Germany?

You DO NOT need a visa for short stays in Germany if you are:

a citizen of the EU/EEA/EFTA
a partner (married or civil partnership) or child of an EU/EEA/EFTA national if you hold a British "Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National" or a "Permanent Residence Card" - and only if you are travelling together with the EU/EEA/EFTA national
a holder of a Diplomatic, Service or Special Passport from Chad, Ghana, Philippines and Turkey
a holder of a Diplomatic, Service, Special or Official Passport from Thailand.
a holder of a Diplomatic Passport from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Malawi, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
a citizen of a country listed below (provided you are not going to stay longer than three months and you are not going to do any paid or self-employed work)

Albania Bulgaria Japan New Zealand Taiwan (only passports that include an ID number)
Andorra Canada Korea (Republic of) Panama USA
Antigua & Barbuda Chile Macao
(RAE only)
Paraguay Uruguay
Argentina Costa Rica Malaysia Romania Vatican
Australia Croatia Mauritius San Marino Venezuela
Bahamas El Salvador Mazedonia Serbia  
Barbados Guatemala Mexico Seychelles  
Bosnia Herzegovina (only biometric passports)  Honduras Monaco Singapore  
Brazil Hong Kong
(SAR passports)
Montenegro St. Kitts & Nevis  
Brunei Israel Nicaragua Switzerland  

Holders of British Passports/Travel Documents:

To enter Germany without a visa, you must have one of these:

British "European Community" passport issued in or after July 1988
British "Isle of Man", "Jersey" and "Guernsey and its dependencies" passport
Travel Documents according with the Convention of July 28, 1951 or the Convention of September 28 1954. (These Travel Documents must be valid for at least another four months at the time of entry into Germany.)
British Subject passport, with the additional entry: Holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
British Overseas Territories citizen passport, with the additional entry: Holder is defined as a UK National for community purposes.
British Nationals Overseas (BNO) passport.

Citizens of any countries not mentioned above WILL need a visa to enter Germany.

Please note:
The processing time for visa applications for the nationals of the following countries is 14 days. In addition to the regular requirements, these nationals have to provide a full address of reference in Germany with postcode.

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus
Burundi Congo (DR) Egypt Indonesia Iraq
Iran Jordan Kazakhstan (diplomatic passports only) Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Morocco Mauritania Nigeria North Korea
Oman Pakistan Palestine (Travel document) Philippines Qatar
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Somalia Sudan Syria
Tunisia United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Yemen Vietnam

Please note that Travel Documents issued by the above named countries will need the same processing time.