COVID19: FAQ on entry into the Schengen area

16.04.2020 - FAQ

Visa questions and travelling in times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Visa questions and travelling in times of the coronavirus pandemic.

All information is based on the knowledge and experience of the Embassy at the time of writing this text. No guarantee can be given for the completeness and correctness, especially due to changes that have occurred in the meantime.


The visa is only valid in the period for which it was issued.

If a trip is postponed, a new visa must be applied for the new travel period if the validity of the visa already issued does not fully cover the new travel period. The processing fee must be paid again.

If the visa issued is a national visa for a stay of more than 90 days, please contact the visa office for further clarification.

No, processing fees for an unused visa cannot be refunded.

Visas can only be used for the purpose for which the visa was applied for. The control and evaluation of proper entry is carried out by the respective border posts upon entry. If necessary, information must be provided or proof of the purpose of travel must be carried along, especially if it has changed. If the purpose of the journey cannot be proven or has ceased to exist, entry may be refused.

In principle, it is also possible to enter and stay in another Schengen state as long as the visa is used properly. According to current regulations, Germany must either be the main destination or the country of first entry. The control and assessment of proper entry is carried out by the respective border posts upon entry. The current situation regarding travel restrictions in the Schengen area - and that this may lead to changes in individual travel plans - is known to the border posts.

Please refer to the answers to the previous questions. In principle, it is possible to use the visa in all Schengen countries, provided that the rules on proper use are observed. Please contact the consulate that issued the visa for specific questions about the visa issued.

The decision is basically up to you, the applicant. You should take into account that - as long as the duration, scope or implementation of the restrictions are dynamic or unclear - it may not make sense to apply for a visa now. In individual cases, a visa refusal (in principle subject to a fee) must also be expected, as the decision must also take into account the possibility of returning to the country of residence.

Please inform yourself at the representation of your home country in the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for you (Embassy/Consulate General of Sri Lanka or the Maldives) or on German websites: the Federal Ministry of the Interior  (https://www.bmi.bund.de/EN/home/home_node.html) and the Robert Koch Institute (https://www.rki.de/EN), and when entering the country follow the instructions and instructions in the arrival area of the airport, train station or other border crossing point.

As a rule, you must leave the Schengen area no later than the last day of visa validity and should take appropriate precautions when planning your trip by observing current developments in your country of residence and possibly returning earlier than planned. If, in individual cases, it is not possible to leave the Schengen area in due time, you must contact the authorities responsible for questions regarding your stay in your country of residence in good time. In Germany, this is the respective local aliens authority. Among other things, the competent authorities check whether the requirements for an extension are met (e.g. sufficient passport validity, means of subsistence, travel health insurance, etc.) and then decide accordingly.

Top of page