Visa Application Procedure


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12.02.2018 - Article

1. Where to apply

All visa applicants travelling to Germany as their main destination have to apply at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos in person.

When is it NOT necessary to submit your application in person?

 If your fingerprints have been scanned for a Schengen visa application any time in the past five years, you may submit your visa application through a representative - whether your Fingerprints have been scanned at the German Visa section in Lagos, at another German Mission worldwide, or at the visa section of another Schengen member state. Please note, however, that an appointment is still necessary.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abuja will issue visas only in exceptional cases. Please refer to Number 5 for more details.

Appointments for your visa interview at the Consulate General have to be booked online. Please note that a separate appointment for every person intending to travel (also for minors) is required.

Only complete applications can be accepted. In case of incomplete documents, you can be rejected on the day of your appointment or your visa application may be refused. Documents sent in before or after the appointment date cannot be considered. You are requested to submit your complete documents even if you are a regular visitor to the Schengen states.

2. Applicants who do not need an appointment

  • applicants for transit visas
  • applicants on official duty (“note verbale holders” only)

These above listed applicants may appear in person at the visa section of the German Consulate General in Lagos from Monday to Friday 06:00 am to 08:00 am.

Only those applicants who present a complete application form together with all the required documents (including one copy of each original) will be admitted.

Attention: Due to the limited number of applicants who can be dealt with each day, access to the visa section for the above mentioned applicants cannot be guaranteed. Given the very high demand for visas during the German summer months, it is highly recommended to book an appointment in advance in order to avoid any inconveniences and ensure admission to the premisses of the Consulate General.

3. Visa fee

The visa fee for Schengen Visa is the equivalent amount of 80,- Euro payable in Nigerian Naira. Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the visa fee if applying for a Schengen Visa, the visa fee for minors aged 6-12 years is 40,- Euro.

The fee for long-term visa is the equivalent amount of 75 Euro payable in Nigerian Naira. The fee for a long-term visa for all children under the age of 18 years is 37.50 Euro.

The payment is to be effected in cash at the time of submission of the application ONLY. The visa fee amount is only payable in 500 and 1000 bills!

Spouses and minor children of German nationals as well as parents of German minor children are exempt from the visa fee for all visa categories. Under certain conditions there might be a reduction / exemption from the general visa fee - however, these circumstances are checked by the visa officer during the submission of the application.

4. Inquiries

Please be aware that information regarding visa applications can only be given to applicants, their legal representatives or third persons with power of attorney.

Inquiries regarding the processing status of the application or requests regarding questions which can be answered by studying the information leaflets available on our website will not be answered.

5. Visa Section in Abuja

Only applicants on official and medical emergency trips residing in the administrative area of the German Embassy Abuja are accepted: F.C.T., Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno. Please see the list of eligible applicants below.

The visa section in Abuja can only process applications for Schengen visas (C-Visas, short term). Unfortunately with the exception of diplomats who are travelling to Germany for accreditation, no national visas (D-Visas) can be processed in Abuja.

Please note that visa appointments at the  German Embassy in Abuja are very limited. Please make an appointment request well in advance as soon as you know about your travel plans. 

Eligible Applicants

Employees of the Federal Level:

1.      Federal Authorities:only official trips / official passports, for private trips only with a note verbale from the MFA. Applicant must be working actively for the federal authority (please provide payslip as proof)

2.      Presidency

3.      National Assembly

4.      State House

5.      Senate

6.      Military: Only official trips with invitation from Germany

7.      SSS: only official trips or with full cost coverage

Applicants may be accompanied by one PA, spouse and children.


1.      Governors from the Embassy’s jurisdiction (plus 1 PA, spouse, children if travelling together with governor)

2.      Spouses and children of Germans living in Embassy’s jurisdiction

(+ non-married partners, who have already obtained visa in Lagos / Abuja and have already travelled)

3.      Transit travellers leaving from Abuja

4.      Visitors for the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin/ Nigerian Consulate General in Frankfurt living within the Embassy’s jurisdiction

5.      Employees of the German political foundations in Nigeria and GIZ (+ spouse and children) living in the Embassy’s jurisdiction

6.      Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Abuja (+ spouse and children) and employees of diplomatic missions who have already received visa in Lagos / Abuja and have already travelled.

7.      Participants of visitor programmes organized by German federal authorities (only with full cost coverage!)

8.      DAAD / AvH fellows: scholarship trips that are less than three months; only applicants living in the Embassy’s jurisdiction

9.      Employees of the UN and ECOWAS in Abuja (only for official trips)

10.  Urgent medical treatment  in Germany (max. two accompanying persons plus attending doctor)

11.  Participants of conferences/trainings hosted by the German federal authorities/the political foundations/GIZ living in the Embassy’s jurisdiction (only with full cost absorption)

Eligible applicants are required to book individual appointments for each person travelling. Appointments can be booked here: Contact the Visa Section of the German Embassy Abuja

Please state name, reason for travel and reason for eligibility (see above) in your e-mail.

6. Complaints

Schengen visa applicants can file a complaint about the consular staff´s behavior or the visa application process   ONLY   through the contact form by selecting the addressee “Schengen Visa Complaints”. Please note that complaints can only be filed in English or German. Complaints filed in other languages than English or German cannot be processed.  Please choose in the box “subject line/reference” one of the following Options:

a) Complaint about consular staff´s behavior

b) Complaint about visa application process

Upon receipt of your complaint, we will process it asap.

Important notice: It is not possible to lodge appeals against refusal, cancellation or revocation of visa – in particular remonstrations – through this contact form.

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