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You are a family member of an EU citizen (non-German)? Special requirements apply in this case – regardless whether you are travelling for business or tourism purposes. You will find all relevant information including required documents on this page.

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General information about Schengen visa and the application process can be found here.

If you meet the following criteria special (easier) requirements apply to you for a Schengen visa application.

You are...

  • the spouse, the partner in life or a relative in the direct descending line of a EU citizen
    or
  • a relative in the direct descending line of the spouse or partner in life of a EU citizen and are under 21 years of age
    or
  • a relative in the direct ascending and direct descending line of a EU citizen or of his/her spouse or partner in life, for whom these persons or their spouses or partners in life provide maintenance
    and
  • the relevant EU citizen lives in Germany or you want to accompany him/her to Germany

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During the application process your passport has to remain with the German mission and cannot be withdrawn.

A visa issued under the Freedom of movement Act/EU will only allow you to join the EU citizen in Germany (if he/she is residing there) or to accompany him/her. If not accompanying the EU citizen living outside the EU, I might be refused entry into the Schengen Area when using such visa.

The Checklist of required documents has to be printed and signed and submitted at your appointment (Checklist Family members of non-German EU citizens: print-version).

One completed visa application form

  1. Please open the online application form
  2. fill it fully and correctly in English or German
  3. download the completed form as a PDF-file, then
  4. print it and
  5. sign and date it

One photograph

Recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications

Passport Original + 1 copy of the data page

Valid and signed passport which must have at least one blank page and has been issued within the last 10 years.

Documents proving

relationship as dependants in accordance with Freedom of Movement Act/EU

Unabridged marriage certificate or other proof of relationship with EU citizen or his/her spouse / partner in life (original and copy).

Copy of the EU citizen’s passport´s data page and -if he/she is residing in Germany- proof of residence.

Proof of support/maintenance payments (only for family members of European Union citizens and their spouses /partners in life older than 21 years)

Signed declaration in accordance with Article 54 paragraph 2 number 8 in conjunction with Article 53 Residence Act

This is the last page of the visa application form (cf. number 1).

Additional documents for children under the age of 18

Full unabridged birth certificate (containing father’s and mother’s name) in original and copy.

Guardian’s/parents declaration of consent signed by both guardians/parents in original and copy.

Copy of first page of passport of parents/legal guardian(s).

Special cases

One parent/legal guardian is deceased:
Copy of death certificate

Sole custody has been granted:
Copy of decree of the competent court


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