Information on visa applications

26.08.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications and visa renewal.

Relaxation of restrictions on entry to Germany for vaccinated persons from 25 June 2021

From 25 June 2021, entry to Germany will be possible for persons from Nigeria who have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Fully vaccinated persons will then once again be able to enter Germany for the purpose of visits and tourists. From 21 June 2021, fully vaccinated persons will also be able to apply for any necessary visas at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos.

However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as areas of variant of concern. Entry to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.

Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) (https://www.pei.de/EN/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-content.html;jsessionid=BFEB5AC0589AE75E8E110A71FFEB2BFF.intranet211?cms_pos=3) and whose last required vaccination was administered at least 14 days ago can enter Germany. This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.

To enter Germany, a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or analogue form (paper form) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented. This must always include:

  1. the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least family name, first name and date of birth),
  2. date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
  3. name of vaccine,
  4. name of disease vaccinated against,
  5. name and address of the person/institution responsible for administering the vaccine, and
  6. written documentation or electronic confirmation with a qualified electronic signature or a qualified electronic seal from the person responsible for administering the vaccine; if such information is not possible for administrative reasons, the confirmation provided by the person/institution responsible should appropriately be made clear, specifically through the use of a stamp or a state symbol.

In the case of a person who has recovered from infection, a single dose of a vaccine is sufficient. As proof of full vaccination for a recovered person, proof must also be provided that they had the SARS‑CoV‑2 coronavirus before their vaccination. As proof of this illness, a positive PCR test dating back at least 28 days and at most six months must be presented. The proof of illness must be written in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and available in digital or analogue form (paper form).

Further information is available under the following link: BMI

Visas for persons who are not fully vaccinated only if absolutely necessary

Visas can also still be issued to persons who are not yet fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine if the intended entry to Germany 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”.



For further Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany please visit the Federal Foreign Office

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