Germany Visit Visa from UK

Understanding whether you need a Germany visit visa for your trip and what you may need for the application is important to know and prepare for. However, understanding which fees you may have to pay for and the correct documents you have to provide can be a confusing process.

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    Germany Visit Visa Information

    If you are planning to visit Germany or other countries within the Schengen zone, you may need to apply for a visa beforehand. Your particular visa type is determined by the reason and length of your trip.

    If you’re simply visiting Germany, you will need to get a short-stay visa (C visa) more notably known as the Schengen visa.

    These particular visas cover your trip to Germany and those other countries that are classified as part of the Schengen area.

    The Schengen area covers 27 countries, these countries do not have border control between them.

    On a Schengen visa, you’ll be allowed to visit for 90 days maximum on this visa within a 180-day period.

    It is crucial to point out that throughout this time you must ensure you do not pursue any economic activity unless you are authorised to do so within your visa.

    Additionally, the Schengen visa comes with its own requirements that fall under the Schengen Visa Code which is what the mission adopts for their visa process.

    It is important to note though, that if you’re a British citizen you do not need to require a visa when you visit.

    But other nationals that are not from the UK but reside there may have to.

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    Who Needs a Visa to Travel to Germany from the UK?

    Not everyone from the UK will need to apply for a Schengen visa, for instance, if you’re a British citizen you do not require one.

    Although several groups of people reside in the UK are still obligated to gain one. These come with varying entry requirements depending on which category you fall under.

    Notably, this mainly comes down to your nationality, such as non-EU nationals that live within the UK or other individual circumstances.

    To check whether you are a citizen of a certain country that applies to this is listed here.
    The short-term Schengen visas are intended for those who are visiting from the UK to Germany for the following reasons:

    • Business purposes (standard business travel)
    • Short-term study purposes
    • Visiting friends and family
    • Tourism/holidays
    • Airport transit/transit for seafarers
    • Official visits
    • Cultural or sports events
    • Medical reasons

    Depending on your particular reason for visiting, the Embassy or Consulate-General within the UK will determine whether they will issue you a single, double or multiple-entry visa.

    Requirements for Obtaining a Germany Visit Visa from the UK

    There are a certain number of requirements to look out for while preparing your visa application.

    As you will not be automatically accepted for a Schengen visa, the mission will ensure you follow such requirements before you are accepted. These are:

    • You must demonstrate that you have every intention to leave Germany before your visa expires
    • You must have a plausible reason and purpose for your Germany trip
    • You must also be able to afford and fund the entirety of your trip such as your travel expenses and your stay with your own funds

    Your funding should also include your travel health insurance with a policy that covers 30,000 euros minimum. Ensure that this insurance covers the entirety of the Schengen area for it to be accepted.

    Although within your Schengen visa, you are prohibited from any economic activity, it’s important to know that some particular professional activities can still be done and carried out. This may be sports activities, cultural events or standard business travel.

    Additionally, those under the age of 18 have their requirements to follow. As they are underage children they will need to be accompanied by adult guardians such as their parents while attending the application centre in the UK and to be accompanied while travelling in Germany if their visa is accepted. You must also have a UK residence permit that is valid for at least one month post the date you plan to leave Germany.

    Documents Required for a Germany Visit Visa from the UK

    When applying for your Germany visit visa, more known as a Schengen visa in the UK, several documents are required from you that must be completed before proceeding further. These include:

    • A valid passport or travel document
      • Make sure it is also valid for 3 months after you leave Germany and other Schengen countries
      • There are two spare pages for your visa to be stamped
      • Your passport has been issued in the past 10 years but has not been extended
    • A valid UK residence permit
    • German visa application form
    • A passport-format photo
      • This should look professional with a light background and a full face is shown
      • This photo shouldn’t be older than 3 months and must be glued and not stapled into your German Schengen visa application form
    • A cover letter stating the purpose of your visit
    • German travel medical insurance
      • Make sure it has a coverage of 30,000 euros minimum and it covers medical emergencies and reparations for the entirety of the Schengen area
    • Proof of accommodation such as proof of booking, rental agreement or an invite from your German host
      • If you have the latter, they must also provide a copy of their passport or ID. Alternatively, proof of sponsorship, if dependent
    • Proof sufficient funds
      • Such as a recent bank statement from a UK account that is no older than 3 months
      • The minimum funds should be £50 per day, per person while travelling in Germany

    You are also required to provide your biometrics (fingerprints) as an additional document.

    Those who are exempted from providing their biometrics include people who are physically incapable of providing so and children under the age of 12.

    All these documents listed are required for everyone. But depending on your employment status, there are additional documents that are required for your visa application in the UK.

    If you are employed within the UK:

    • Employment contract
    • Current bank statement, within 6 months
    • Leave permission from your employer
    • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax that has been deducted at the source of salary

    If you are self-employed:

    • A copy of your business licence
    • Company bank statement, within 6 months
    • Income Tax Return

    If you’re a foreign student within the UK:

    • Proof of enrolment
    • No-objection certificate from a school or university in the UK

    If you’re unemployed but married to an EU citizen:

    • A less than 3 months old and recent Confirmation of Employment letter from your spouse’s employer, which states the position held as well as their starting date
    • Your spouse’s valid passport
    • Officially translated marriage certificate. This should be in either German or English and must be certified by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or the Legalisation Bureau of the Foreign Office in the UK to prove its authenticity

    Required documents for underage children:

    • Original birth certificate among others
    • Signed travel consent from both parents

    If one of them is not located within the UK they should be signed with consent from the German Embassy in the country they reside in themselves.

    Lastly, if you’re a retiree, it will be a pension statement of the latest of 6 months.

    Remember to ensure all documents you provide are in English or German or have been officially translated by a certified translator.

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      How to Apply for a Germany Visit Visa from the UK?

      Knowing where you should apply for your Schengen visa application a a visa application centre or German Embassy in the UK is determined by the following:

      • Your main destination is Germany, as in, this is the particular country you will be staying in the longest
      • Germany is the only Schengen country you’re planning to visit
      • The first place you will visit in the Schengen area is going to be Germany and you will be spending an equal amount of days in every Schengen country you are planning to visit

      If you apply to the above, you must go to your respective embassy in London or the German Consulate General in Edinburgh.

      You can do this by booking an appointment with them directly. Afterwards, despite which you go to, your application will be assessed in London.

      Germany Visit Visa Application Processing Time

      It’s essential to be aware of what the processing time is to apply and to go through each step of the Schengen visa process so you can align it with your planned trip.

      On average, the processing time can take 15 calendar days at the minimum. Make sure you prepare for any delays as in some situations the processing time can take up to 4 weeks or longer, with the additional time to mail such documents.

      Because of this, it is recommended to book your appointment as earliest as you can.

      This being said, the earliest you can do this is 6 months prior to the date you’re planning to visit.

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      Germany Visitor Visa Application Fee

      The fees you will have to pay during the visa application are determined by your age as well as the current up-to-date conversion rates.

      There are also certain exemptions to these fees to keep an eye out on.

      For UK residents, the Germany visitor visa fees are below:

      • Adult: £73/€80
      • Children (6-12 years): £36.50/€40

      Those who are exempt from paying a fee include children younger than 6 years and family members of an EU/EEA national.

      For those exempted persons, you will be required to provide documents that are either:

      • Original marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate
      • Original full birth certificate
      • EU/EAA national’s passport

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        Applying for a Germany visit visa (Schengen visa) from the UK can be a long process with lots of information and documents you need to prepare for it. Especially when you have a trip planned, it is important to be able to get your visa application processed in time.

        Our Total Law lawyers understand how this can be a troubling and confusing time, and are equipped with the experience and knowledge to be able to assist you throughout your visa application.

        If you are unsure where to begin or need answers to your questions, you can call our lawyers today at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or leave a message online, to hear all about our services and the different options of visas to understand which one is correct for your circumstances.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You can travel to Germany solely with your valid UK passport if you are a British citizen. As long as this is for tourism, business or short-term study and you’re staying within 90 days maximum within 180 days period.

                  There is no set minimum limit but you must have sufficient funds to cover the entirety of your travel expenses as well as your living costs while on your trip. This should also include your travel health insurance that covers a minimum of €30,000 for the entire Schengen area.

                  Anything above €10,000 should be declared.

                  While on a Schengen Visa, you are not permitted to pursue any economic activity you will have to gain another visa that allows this. Some C visas allow this but you will need further required approval from other German agencies to be processed.