National visa (long term stay)

Entry registration and quarantine regulations:

Detailed information about entry registration and quarantine regulations for people arriving in Germany from a risk area can be found here.

New measures to combat COVID-19

According to the decision taken by the Federal and Länder Governments, from 2 November hotels and other accommodation providers may only provide overnight accommodation to people whose travel is essential. It is no longer permitted to provide overnight accommodation for tourism purposes. Visas for tourism purposes will thus only be issued in exceptional cases. The Länder are responsible for implementing this decision. Whether a specific journey is possible thus depends on the rules of the Land to which you wish to travel. More information (in German only) for potential travellers can be found here.

1. Processing of visa applications

Visas can currently only be issued if the intended entry is absolutely necessary. The circumstances under which entry is considered to be absolutely necessary are explained in German, English and French on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community under the heading Coronavirus – FAQs and answers, and then under “Travel restrictions/border control” Link

2. Simplified procedure for new visas

The current entry restrictions may mean that you are/were not able to use a national visa issued by the German Embassy in Colombo prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.

A new national visa can therefore be issued as part of the simplified procedure upon application. This fast-track procedure is available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your stay and destination remain unaltered.

An informal application for the issuance of a new visa under a simplified procedure must be submitted to the German Embassy in Colombo no later than 31 December 2020. In order to do this, please send an e-mail with the title “application fast-track procedure for new national visa” to visa@colo.diplo.de . Please state also your complete personal data and the file number of the previous visa application in order to help us speed up the procedure. It may be necessary that up‑to‑date documents proving that you still fulfil the requirements for a visa will be requested by the Embassy. It is not necessary to book another appointment or attend another interview.


Information on national visa (long term stay)

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