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. Please note that you cannot apply more than 90 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 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. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please find the answers to FAQs regarding the Schengen visa process provided by the European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS here: Common Schengen Information Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

The 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 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 form

 VIDEX - the online application form

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

 The Schengen visa form

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.

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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