Schengen Visa


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04.12.2017 - Article

If you intend to stay in Germany for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, you have to apply for a Schengen visa. You can apply for a Schengen visa up to 180 days before your planned date of travel.

Please book your appointment for a visa interview at the Consulate General in Lagos online.

For your visa interview, please fill out the VIDEX online application form

Please ensure correct and complete data is filled in to avoid refusal of applications and delays.

Further information on the different visa categories and required documents can be found below.

General information on Schengen visas

All Nigerian citizens are required to obtain a Schengen visa before travelling to Germany. A Schengen visa can be issued for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. However, please be informed that a shorter validity may be granted depending on your purpose of visit. 

Possession of a visa alone does not guarantee entry into Germany. Visa holders must also prove at an external EU border that they meet all the entry requirements as stipulated in Article 5 of the Schengen Borders Code

What is a short term visa?

A short term visa means that your period of stay in Germany is less than 90 days in 6 months = 3 months in a half-year's time.

You will then be issued a so-called “Schengen-visa” that allows you to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days in 6 months.

Persons granted a short-stay visa with no territorial restrictions (category “C” visa) by a Schengen country may, for the duration of the visa’s validity, stay and travel freely in the territory of any other Schengen country. Holders of such visas may also cross the Schengen area’s internal borders without undergoing identity checks. Air passengers with transit visas (category “A” visa) are entitled only to enter the international transit area at airports but not the Schengen area itself.

Third-country nationals with a national residence permit issued by a Schengen country may, for the duration of its validity, travel for up to 90 days per six-month period to any other Schengen country. This also applies to holders of a national visa (category “D” visa) issued by a Schengen country.

Category C (Short term visa for visits to Germany for up to 90 days)

According to the Schengen Agreement, a Schengen visa allows you to stay in the following countries up to 90 days within a period of 180 days: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. However, you always have to apply at the mission of the country which is your main destination.

Category A (Airport transit visa)

With effect from 1 May 2008, Nigerian citizens do not need an airport transit visa if they are in possession of a valid visa for a Schengen member state, a state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, Japan, Canada, Switzerland or the United States of America; or if after using the visa they return to Nigeria from any of these countries. In all other cases, Nigerian citizens transiting Germany are required to obtain an airport transit visa.

The Videx online application form for a Schengen visa

VIDEX enables you to complete your application form for a Schengen visa (short term stay) online. After completion, please print out the application form for your visa appointment.

The use of VIDEX online application form is still not mandatory for applicants.
Please find the link to VIDEX, the questionnaire and guidelines on how to use VIDEX here:

 General User Guidelines

 Notes on completing the VIDEX online application form

 VIDEX online application form

 Information in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation)

Prior Consultation

As an alternative to the Videx online application form you can fill a visa application form which cannot be filled online. This form is to be printed out, filled and submitted with the rest of the required documents at your visa interview.

Important notice regarding visa appointments in Abuja

The Consulate General Lagos handles all visa applications for Nigeria. The German Embassy in Abuja can accept visa applications in exceptional cases. Please go to “Application Procedure” and go to number 5 for more information on the eligible group of applicants and to book an appointment.

Complaints about the Schengen visa procedure

Schengen visa applicants can submit complaints about the behavior of consulate staff or the visa application process using the contact form. Please select as addressee “Schengen Visa Complaints” in the contact form. Please note that complaints can only be submitted in German or English; We cannot deal with complaints in languages ​​other than German or English. Please enter one of the following two options in the “Subject” field in the contact form:
a. Complaint about behavior of consulate staff
b. Complaint about the visa application process
We will investigate your complaint upon receipt.
Important note: The complaint platform cannot be used to appeal against decisions to refuse, annul or cancel a visa - i.e. in particular no remonstrations.

Information on the different types of visas

Please check the information leaflets below for which documents you need to present together with your application depending on the purpose of your trip to Germany.

Information leaflets

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