Germany Schengen Visa From UK

If you are planning a short trip to Germany from the UK and you aren’t a British citizen, you may need to apply for a German Schengen visa beforehand. You should be well aware of the complexities of navigating the process of attaining the correct visa for your individual circumstances.

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    Overview of the Schengen Visa

    Following the Brexit withdrawal agreement, British citizens may visit Germany visa-free for up to 90 days at a time within a 180-day period to conduct a limited amount of activities that include business trips, family visits, and tourism.

    Despite this allowance, you may still need a C-type Schengen visa if you are not a British citizen, even if you are coming from the UK, or if you have been refused entry to the Schengen area in the past for any reason.

    In this case a German Schengen visa will be required to stay up to 90 days to conduct the relevant activity you wish to undertake. Those who do not require this should still be aware of upcoming important changes to guidelines that will impact all who travel from the United Kingdom to Germany.

    It also provides notable benefits such as wider access to the 26 nations in the Schengen area for those who meet the German Schengen visa requirements.

    Stays in Germany exceeding the 90-day allowance will require a National D visa and a residence permit, which you are also recommended to pursue professional legal advice for in order to maximise your chances of the process running as smoothly and successfully as possible.

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    Types of Schengen Visa

    The Schengen visa is available to be applied for in 3 main types. These are for single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry. The difference is merely in regards to how many entries the visa itself allows within a 180-day period. If you will be leaving and re-entering Germany within such a timespan then this would mean a double or multiple-entry Schengen visa will be necessary.

    There is no difference between these different types of Schengen visa regarding which permissions are granted for work, studying, or business activities.

    There is also the Limited Territorial Validity visa which may be issued for a single Schengen country, including Germany.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for a C-type Schengen visa you must not have been rejected entry from a Schengen area member nation in the past. The immigration authorities responsible for determining if your application will be successful or not will take their own discretion depending on the individual circumstances of your case.

    You must be able to present all required supporting documents during the application process as well as strictly comply with all legal directives right from the beginning to throughout your time in Germany or anywhere else in the Schengen area.

    Though there is no automatic entitlement, as a guideline to be accepted you should first of all ensure the reason you are planning to visit Germany is plausible and won’t raise any security concerns by the German authorities, you must be able to finance all your own expenses regarding travel, accommodation, food, toiletries, and travel health insurance, finally you must be able to show that you will leave the Schengen area when you are legally obliged to.

    Schengen Visa Application

    The German Schengen visa may be applied for assuming you meet the eligibility requirements either online via the TLS Contact website, at your local German visa application centre, or by mail.

    If you wish to apply in person within the UK, you must go to the German Embassy in London if you reside in England or Wales, or you may send your visa applications by mail to the German Consulate General based in Edinburgh if you reside in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    Regardless of your method of application, after filling out your details on all relevant forms, you will be required to book an appointment where you may be asked to present such supporting documentation as:

    • A fully valid passport
    • Passport-style photograph
    • Previous visas/permits
    • Flight itinerary
    • Travel health insurance
    • Details of anyone who has invited you
    • Proof of sufficient funds
    • Proof of accommodation
    • Biometric data (fingerprints)
    • Proof of intended visit (i.e. medical, student, work, etc)

    All documents must be in German or English, if they are not you must get them translated professionally first.

    Please note that if you are travelling for a specific official purpose related to work, for instance, you will be required to present further documents proving the purpose you wish to enter the country for, in this case proof of employment. This also applies for students, those seeking medical treatment, cultural purposes

    You will be required to pay visa fees for your application which amounts to €80 per adult and €40 per child between the ages of 6 and 12.

    There may be an entitlement to an exemption on processing fees for children under the age of 6, students who are travelling for educational purposes along with their teachers, diplomatic officials, non-profit organisation representatives, and third-country researchers who wish to carry out research for scientific purposes.

    You should allow at least 5 days to hear a response for your application, though it is not unusual to have to wait up to a number of weeks depending on such factors as how accurate the information has been filled in on the application and the strength of your supporting documentation in proving the intent of your trip.

    The potential for delays emphasises the importance of applying well ahead of time before your trip and consulting professional legal advice and assistance in completing your application.

    For application help and professional translation services, contact Total Law today online or by phone at 0333 305 9375.

    Travel Insurance

    As discussed, you are required to have travel health insurance when applying for your German Schengen visa.

    In order for your travel insurance to be eligible, it must cover medical costs to a minimum of €30,000, any expenses that occur due to repatriation for urgent health reasons or emergencies, and be valid in all Schengen Area member states.

    It is important to note that only those who are required to apply for a Schengen visa due to not be entitled to enter Germany visa-exempt for up to 90 days are required to arrange travel insurance, though it may still be recommended.

    You may be able to find insurance policies as low as approximately €20 per week, though it ultimately depends on many factors such as your age and any known health conditions.

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      Limitations of Schengen visa

      It is important to be aware of the limitations that a Schengen visa has so you do not overstep on what your visa allows while you are in Germany.

      The Schengen visa only allows for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. A D-type National visa and a temporary residence permit are required for stays any longer. Generally, the Schengen visa allows for some amount of business such as conferences, meetings, and market research, alongside tourism and family visits, though it is important to check ahead if you are unsure if you have permission for the activity you wish to conduct.

      You should note that economic activity such as working a full-time job, establishing a long-term residence, or starting your own business to earn a profit will likely be prohibited without explicit permission. Pursuing a long-term course of study is also not allowed.

      You will only be confined to travel to any member of the Schengen Zone, visits to countries outside this area, including anywhere in the EU that isn’t in the Schengen Zone, will require an additional visa.

      Though you may receive medical treatment in Germany on a Schengen visa, it is important to be aware of the German Medical Treatment visa which may provide more comprehensive facilitation such health treatments you may wish to receive and recover from in Germany.

      Other Short-Term Visas

      If you are looking to visit Germany on a short-term basis for a specific purpose that the Schengen visa prohibits, be it regarding business, studying, medical treatment, or otherwise, there are a variety of other short-term visas available for trips to Germany.

      Regardless of if you require a visa to enter Germany for up to 90 days or not, these visas will permit you to undertake particular activities that you otherwise may not be able to without a specific visa.

      The Airport Transit visa is an A-type visa available for stopovers at airports in Germany for flights to countries outside the Schengen Area.

      The Medical Treatment visa is available for receiving healthcare in Germany that may not have provisions in the Schengen visa to accommodate for such possibilities as treatment and recovery taking longer than 90 days.

      The German Visa for Cultural, Film Crew, Sports, and Religious Event Purposes grants special permissions to individuals applying for it, allowing them specific privileges related to their particular activities. Note that additional proof will be required for presentation during the application process.

      Other short-term work visas include the General Business visa and the Visa for Official Government Visits. The Germany Trade Fair & Exhibitions visa is available for those looking to participate or visit such an event, as well as short-term visas for courses of study not exceeding 90 days.

      German D-Type National Visa

      If you wish to work, study, stay with family, or generally visit Germany for a period longer than 90 days at a time, you are required to apply for a D-type National visa if you are from outside the EU.

      Such visas for those who wish to work long term include the Job Seeker visa and the EU Blue Card, the latter of which is intended for highly qualified professionals who wish to work in the EU and are able to meet a minimum annual salary of €43,800, or the reduced amount of €39,682.80 for individuals in such ‘bottleneck professions’ as IT, education, or healthcare.

      The EU Blue Card also grants a quicker pathway to obtaining a permanent residence permit, at only 33 months of continuous residence compared to the typical 5 years otherwise.

      Students may wish to apply for the Student or Student Applicant visa for degree courses at a German university.

      Those wishing to reside with family living in Germany may apply for the Family Reunion visa. This may be valid to join relatives or a partner but you may be required to present additional proof of your relation.

      By default, a D-type National visa is typically valid for a 12-month period and will require an additional application for a temporary residence permit upon entering the country, as well as registering your residency at your local registration centre.

      To apply for these long-term D-type visas you must pay a processing fee of €75 per adult and €38 per child.

      ETIAS Registration

      An upcoming rule change for those visa-exempt from entering the Schengen Area that is important to be aware of is the requirement to register with the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) starting from May 2025.

      Those with a fully valid UK passport, despite not requiring a Schengen visa to enter the country, will be expected to register ahead of time before entering Germany or any other member of the Schengen Area.

      This added requirement, which will be completely mediated online, has been introduced in order to pre-screen individuals who do not need to apply for a visa to identify potential risks to the security of the nations in the area.

      The process should only take a few minutes, will require zero physical paperwork to be submitted anywhere, and will only require a small processing fee.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        The complicated process of understanding what visa to apply for along with the intricate complexities involved in the process of such a task cannot be overstated. Many people are often unsuccessful in applications when such a process hasn’t been well understood ahead of time and it is always recommended challenges like these be mitigated by consulting expert immigration advice.

        At Total Law, we have an experienced team of expert immigration specialists who will be able to advise you on the best option for your individual circumstances and then assist you with your application by scrutinising and checking all your documents for any errors that may be a hindrance in receiving a timely successful response.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  If you have received a rejected response regarding your visa to enter the Schengen Area, you must appeal the decision if you believe a mistake has been made during the application process or your circumstances have changed.

                  You must write an appeal letter for Schengen visa refusal which must contain clear reasons why you believe the incorrect decision has been made.

                  It is important to note that you will only have a limited amount of time to appeal this decision, so time is an essential factor.