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You are planning on visiting and touring Germany?
You will find all relevant information including required documents on this page.

Das Bild zeigt den Reichstag mit dem Schriftzug DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLKE und einer deutschen Flagge davor.
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General information about Schengen visa and the application process can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Duly completed application forms may be submitted six months prior to your intended travel date.

It may take an average time of 15 days to process your Schengen visa application.

Therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of their actual travel dates. This will help ensuring a smooth organization of your trip.

If your travel date is imminent or lies within two weeks of your application date, please check if you can postpone your trip. In general, neither the German Mission nor the Service Provider is able to expedite the process.

Please note:

According to the Visa Code, the German Missions in South Africa are only responsible for processing your application if your main destination is Germany.

Submission of false documentation or incorrect information will most likely result in a refusal or even a travel ban to Germany or other Schengen States.

The submission of incomplete documentation can result in a refusal.

The German Missions in South Africa reserve the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary.

Documentation sent via fax or e-mail, which has not been requested, will not be allocated to an application.

During the application process your passport has to remain with the German mission and cannot be withdrawn.

The Checklist of required documents for the travel purpose “tourism” has to be printed and signed and submitted at your Appointment.

Please find the checklist for this travel purpose here: (Checklist tourism: print-version).

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