German Travel Requirements

German Travel Requirements
Germany, a land of mystical forests, hilltop castles and medieval monuments, is a choice destination for many travelers. While planning your trip, it helps to know what travel documents you will need.

National ID

European Union nationals need a national ID card or passport to travel, live or work in Germany.


Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and Switzerland must have a passport that will be valid for four months after their planned departure from Germany. Tourists may stay for a maximum of three months in any six-month period.

Schengen Visa

Nationals of Schengen countries that are not EU or Swiss nationals must apply for a Schengen visa from the nearest German embassy or consulate.

Tourist Visa

Nationals of most other countries must apply for a tourist visa.

Visa Application Requirements

If you need a tourist visa, you must contact the nearest German embassy or consulate. You will need a completed application, two passport-size photos, a passport and a photocopy of your passport. You may also need to show proof of income, bank statements, proof of health insurance and additional documents.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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