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Please note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.


Yes, you can. According to the Schengen agreement, visas are valid for: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Please note, however, that you must always apply at the embassy/consulate of the country which is your primary Destination.

Yes, you can. Please carefully check the validity of the visa, the permitted number of entries and the maximum duration of stay (both are mentioned on your visa sticker).

Transit visas are valid only for short stopovers (hours in length) while you are waiting for your onward flight in the airport's international transit area. Please apply for a regular tourist visa if you must/would like to stay overnight.

If you do not have a confirmed onward flight from Germany, you must apply for a regular tourist visa.


Your passport must be valid for at least three months upon conclusion of your trip.

Ask your friends/relatives to complete and sign an formal letter of obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung“) and submit this when you apply for your visa.

The formal letter of obligation is available at the local Aliens' office in their place of residence in Germany. Please bring the original of this letter when applying for your visa.


Just ask your friend/relatives to send you an informal invitation. This must include their name, address and a copy of their passport. A copy of their residence permit is an additional requirement if your friends/relatives in Germany are not German nationals. If your friends/relatives will pay for your travel expenses, you will also need to submit a formal letter of obligation.

Please include your business registration and latest bank statements (covering three months time) to complete your application.

Imagine you are injured during your stay in Germany. Please check carefully whether your medical insurance would cover costs for medical treatment abroad. You will need to submit health insurance documents which reflect coverage during your stay in Europe when applying for the visa.

Please submit your application and all necessary documents listed for the required type of visa. If you attach an original or certified copy of your unabridged marriage certificate (with apostille), your visa will be free of Charge.

You would apply, on your child's behalf, for a regular visa to visit friends/relatives in Germany or a regular tourist visa. You must bring your child's birth certificate and submit a copy. Children under the age of 18 are considered minors by EU law. Therefore, the visa application must be signed by the persons exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship – usually both parents. Please make sure that you include a family court order if only one parent has full custody. The application form must be signed by the legal guardian(s) during the visa interview. Alternatively, their signature may be certified by a notary public.

The processing time for visa applications (short-term) is a minimum of seven working days. If you apply for long-term residence permits or an Employment visa, processing time will be several months.



Opening Hours and Contact Details

Name

Visa Section Pretoria

Fax

+27 (0)12 427 8982 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Postal address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone

0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Visa Section German Embassy

Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday-Thursday

08:00 - 14:00

Friday

08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Name

Visa Section Cape Town

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Further information

Consulate General

Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3052

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

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Name

Honorary Consul

Head

Horst Achtzehn, Honorary Consul

Town

Durban

Tel.

+27 (0)31 266 3920

Fax

+27 (0)31 266 3925

Postal address

P.O. Box 1166,Westville,Durban 3630

Street

9 Kensington Drive,Westville,Durban 3629

Opening hours

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00


Contact Honorary Consul Durban



Languages

German, English

Website

Website Honorary Consul Durban

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