IMPORTANT: As of 1 June 2016 applicants living in the consular district of the German Embassy London can file their visa application in person at the VFS Visa Application Centres in London as well as Manchester:
Germany Visa Application Centre
50 Devonshire Street North
M12 6JH Manchester
If you reside in Scotland or certain parts of northern England you may have to apply at the Consulate General in Edinburgh.
Please check the consular district map, if you are not sure whether you have to apply in London or Edinburgh
The German Embassy in London has outsourced its visa services to the external service provider VFS. For more information please go to:
Please note that all visa applicants have to make an appointment early in advance. Visa applicants are required to apply in person and bring the application form as well as relevant documents after making an appointment.
Important: Only passports that have been issued (not extended!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued longer than 10 years ago, please apply for a new passport at your Embassy.
The Visa Information System VIS is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.
The common 'Schengen visa' is a visa for short stays (tourism, visit or business) in Germany and European countries within the Schengen area.
Please read the following information to find out whether you need a visa to travel to Germany.
All visa applicants are required to book an appointment. Due to high demand, there may be a waiting time of up to 3 months. Do NOT book a flight before booking an appointment.
Visa applicants must apply in person after booking an appointment. You will need to bring your application form, passport and further required documents according to our website.
Please always bring the original documents as well as one copy of all documents mentioned in this section. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
A family reunion visa is intended for applicants wishing to join family in Germany.
If you wish to do paid or self-employed work in Germany, this section provides information on work permits and visa requirements for EU and Non-EU nationals.