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COVID19: FAQ on National visa

02.07.2020 - FAQ

More information on the EU travel restrictions, their exemptions and their impact on the work of the Visa Section can be found here National Visa - page.

Currently exempted categories are:

  • family reunion
  • students
  • qualified professionals according to the German Residence Act (AufenthG) whose labour is necessary from an economic point of view and whose work cannot be postponed or carried out abroad.

The following FAQ are for persons who already have applied for a national visa or whose already issued national visa expired as they could not travel due to the travel restrictions.

For further proceedings of applications currently exempted from the EU travel restrictions the Visa Section needs updated documents proving that the purpose of the journey still exists. You can see below which documents are requested depending on the purpose of your travel to Germany. Your email containing the document should include your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa. If the necessary data are not submitted your email will not be processed.

Deadline: August 2nd 2020!

Emails of applicants whose category is not mentioned above will not be processed. Therefore please refrain from sending any updated documents.

The Embassy will inform on this webpage about any changes.

FAQ

I am holding a valid visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

It depends. The exception from the EU travel restrictions applies to all those who have a letter of admission by a university (even if a language course or internship precedes it). It does not apply to applicants without a letter of admission by a university (e. g. you are still looking for a place to study or just want to do a pre-university language course).

My visa application is still pending. What are the additional documents I need to submit?

For the current semester, a certificate of enrolment or other proof as well as proof of compulsory presence in Germany by confirmation from the university (e.g. by e-mail) must be submitted via email to visa@colo.diplo.de . Please state your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa. The above mentioned deadline applies!

The documents must also be presented at border controls when entering Germany.

My issued national visa for studies expired as I could not travel due to the travel restrictions. How can I obtain a new visa?

There is a simplified procedure available to apply for a new visa. These applications can be sent ONLY via email to the following email address: visa@colo.diplo.de. Please use the title “Request for new visa – simplified procedure” so your application can be processed quickly. Your email should include:

  • Your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa
  • For the current semester, a certificate of enrolment or other proof
  • Proof of compulsory presence in Germany by confirmation from the university (e.g. by e-mail); these documents must also be presented at border controls when entering Germany.

Deadline: August 2nd 2020!

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Yes, you can.

My visa application is still pending. What are the additional documents I need to submit?

If you have applied for a family reunion visa, you do not need to take any further action. The Visa Section will resume the processing of these applications within the limits of its capacities. If any additional documents need to be submitted, we will contact you directly. Please refrain from status enquiries.

My issued national visa for family reunion expired as I could not travel due to the travel restrictions. How can I obtain a new visa?

There is a simplified procedure available to apply for a new visa. These applications can be sent ONLY via email to the following email address: visa@colo.diplo.de. Please use the title “Request for new visa – simplified procedure” so your application can be processed quickly.  Your email should include your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa. If the necessary data are not submitted your email will not be processed

Deadline: August 2nd 2020!

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Yes, you can.

My visa application is still pending. What are the additional documents I need to submit?

Please submit a valid “Anmeldung zur Eheschließung” via email to visa@colo.diplo.de . Please state your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa. The above mentioned deadline applies!

My issued national visa for getting married expired as I could not travel due to the travel restrictions. How can I obtain a new visa?

There is a simplified procedure available to apply for a new visa. These applications can be sent ONLY via email to the following email address: visa@colo.diplo.de. Please use the title “Request for new visa – simplified procedure” so your application can be processed quickly.  Your email should include:

  • Your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa
  • A valid “Anmeldung zur Eheschließung”

Deadline: August 2nd 2020!

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

It depends. Only if you can proof your obligation to be present in Germany (e.g. through an employment contract) and credible evidence that your employment is necessary from an economic point of view and that your work cannot be postponed or performed from abroad (presentation of a certificate from the employer/client). Corresponding documents must be carried on the trip and presented at the border control.

My visa application is still pending. What are the additional documents I need to submit?

Please submit an updated employment contract proving that you need to be present in Germany, as well as credible evidence that your employment is necessary from an economic point of view and that your work cannot be postponed or performed from abroad (presentation of a certificate from the employer/client) via email to visa@colo.diplo.de . Please state your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa. The above mentioned deadline applies!

The documents must also be presented at border controls when entering Germany.

My issued national visa expired as I could not travel due to the travel restrictions. How can I obtain a new visa?

There is a simplified procedure available to apply for a new visa. These applications can be sent ONLY via email to the following email address: visa@colo.diplo.de. Please use the title “Request for new visa – simplified procedure” so your application can be processed quickly.  Your email should include:

  • Your name, passport number, file number and the purpose of the visa
  • Updated employment contract proving that you need to be present in Germany
  • Credible evidence that your employment is necessary from an economic point of view and that your work cannot be postponed or performed from abroad (presentation of a certificate from the employer/client)

Deadline: August 2nd 2020!

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, holders of Au-Pair visas are not allowed to enter Germany.

My visa application is still pending. What happens now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, the proceedings of these applications are currently suspended.

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, holders of language course visas are not allowed to enter Germany.

My visa application is still pending. What happens now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, the proceedings of these applications are currently suspended.

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, holders of voluntary service visas are not allowed to enter Germany.

My visa application is still pending. What happens now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, the proceedings of these applications are currently suspended.

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, holders of jobseeker visas are not allowed to enter Germany.

My visa application is still pending. What happens now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, the proceedings of these applications are currently suspended.

I am holding a valid national visa already. Can I travel to Germany now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, holders of employment visas are not allowed to enter Germany.

My visa application is still pending. What happens now?

Due to the current EU travel restrictions, the proceedings of these applications are currently suspended.

Please note that the decision whether a person can enter into Germany is taken by the German border police alone. The decision on whether the airline with which you booked your flight allows you to board is taken by the airline. The Embassy does not issue any letters for the entry into Germany.

It cannot be ruled out that Germany and/or other EU member states will reintroduce entry restrictions in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following:

  • The visa issued does not as such guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.
  • Whether or not entry to Germany is granted will be decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei).
  • As a general rule, it is only upon your arrival at a German airport/border that the Federal Police will decide if you are granted entry to Germany.
  • The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.

We therefore urgently recommend visiting the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) homepage (Bundespolizei FAQ COVID, German language only) or calling the German Federal Police phone hotline prior to your intended travel so as to obtain up-to-date information on whether you can expect being granted entry to Germany upon your arrival:

  • Federal Police phone hotline: +49 (0) 331 97997 0 (also English spoken)

As a general rule, persons who stayed in certain defined “risk regions” at any time during the 14-day period prior to their entering Germany are under an obligation to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please consult the website of the Robert-Koch-Institut to find out which regions/countries are currently being classified as risk regions (English version of the respective list to be found at the bottom of the page) Robert Koch Institut.

Details on quarantine regulations can be found here Federal Ministry of Health

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