List of Countries (not) Requiring a Visa to Enter Germany

Generally, foreigners need a visa, i.e. a permission, to enter Germany. For correct understanding, understand as "visa" the permission to enter the country – for a maximum of six months. Residence permit is the permission to enter and live in a country – for an indefinite period. Please keep this in mind because this is essential legalese! Well knowing, that many countries do not distinguish between both in their legalese but here it is vitally important.

Citizens of member states of the European Economic Area (marked with the EU flag) do not need residence permits and do not need to obtain a formal “residency stamp” in their passports or certificate of their status in Germany. All they have to do is report their physical address at the competent registration office (Meldebehörde). Some accession states still have some restrictions.

Third countries generally must have a visa to enter. But some do not. This differentiation is related with paragraph 5 of the preamble to the Council Regulation (EC) No EC 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 "listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement". The determination of those third countries needing a visa to enter Germany are based on a mix of criteria to ensure or prevent

  • willingness to return – based on objective criteria (and never by blinking blue eyes of a blonde),
  • illegal immigration,
  • public policy and security,
  • and to the European Union's external relations with third countries,
  • consideration also being given to the implications of regional coherence, and
  • reciprocity.

 

However, “Buddy” country citizens (marked with “handshake”) may apply for a residence and/or work permit after entry – unless stated differently.

Citizens of countries marked with “***” may enter without a visa but apply for a residence permit for any reason except for employment or business from home.

So, you need to apply for a visa. Click here to be forwarded to online application form of Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. N.B. Filling out the application form online does not mean that you do not have to personally visit the consulate! When you visit the competent consulate, you are present all the papers supporting your application. Filling out the application online does not guarantee any kind of decision. It will only speed the proceedings. Please be aware that an application cannot be processed until these papers have been submitted.

 

As a special service from LG2G, learn your country's name in German when you hold the mouse over your country's flag!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Country Visa
required?

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Afghanistan Afghanistan

Yes
Albanien Albania
Citizens of this country are only then eligible for visa free entry, when they have a biometric passport.
Member of European Union
Algerien Algeria Yes
Andorra AndorraAndorra ***
Angola Angola Yes
Antigua und Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda handshake
Argentinien Argentina Buddy country
Armenien Armenia Yes
Australien mit Kokosinseln, Norfolkinsel und Weihnachtsinsel Australia
(with Cocos Islands, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island)
Buddy country
Österreich Austria Member of European Union
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Yes

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Bahamas Bahamas
Bahrain Bahrain Yes
Bangladesch Bangladesh Yes
Barbados Barbados
Weißrussland Belarus Yes
Belgien Belgium Member of European Union
Belize Belize Yes
Benin Benin Yes
Bermuda Bermuda No
Bhutan Bhutan Yes
Bolivien Bolivia No
Bosnien und Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
Citizens of this country are only then eligible for visa free entry, when they have a biometric passport.
Member of European Union
Botsuana Botswana Yes

Brazilien Brazil

***
Britische Jungferninseln British Virgin Islands No
Brunei Darussalam Brunei Darussalam No
Bulgarien Bulgaria Member of European Union
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Yes
Burundi Burundi Yes

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Kambodia Cambodia Yes
Kamerun Cameroon Yes
Kanada Canada handshake
Kap Verde Cap Verde Yes
Kaymaninseln Cayman-Islands Yes
Zentralafrikanische Republik Central African Republic Yes
Tschad Chad Yes
Chechnya Yes
Chile Chile ***
China China (VR) Yes
Columbia Columbia Yes
Comoros Comoros Yes
Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic Yes
Congo, Republic of Congo; Republic of Yes
Costa Rica Costa Rica ***
Croatia Croatia ***
Cuba Cuba Yes
Cyprus Cyprus Member of European Union
Czech Republic Czech Republic Member of European Union

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Denmark Denmark Member of European Union
Djibouti Djibouti Yes
Dominica Dominica Yes
dominican republic Dominican Republic Yes

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Ecuador Ecuador Yes
Egypt Egypt Yes
El Salvador El Salvador ***
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Yes
Eritrea Eritrea Yes
Estonia Estonia Member of European Union
Ethiopia Ethiopia Yes

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Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Yes
Fiji Fiji Yes
Finland Finland Member of European Union
France France
(including French-Guyana, French-Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, New Caledonia, RéUnion, St. Pierre and Miquelon)
Member of European Union

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Gabon Gabon Yes
Gambia Gambia Yes
Georgia Georgia Yes
Ghana Ghana Yes
Greece Greece Member of European Union
Grenada Grenada Yes
Guatemala Guatemala No
Guinea Guinea Yes
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Yes
Guyana Guyana Yes

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Haiti Haiti Yes

Honduras

***
Hong Kong Hong Kong
holders of SAR-passports
Yes
No
Hungary Hungary Member of European Union

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India India Yes
Indonesia Indonesia Yes
Iran Iran Yes
Iraq Iraq Yes
Ireland Ireland Member of European Union
Island Iceland Member of European Union
Israel Israel handshake
Italy Italy Member of European Union
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Yes

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Jamaica Jamaica Yes
Japan Japan handshake
Jordan Jordan Yes

K

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Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Yes
Kenya Kenya Yes
Kiribati Kiribati Yes
North Korea Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of (North Korea) Yes
South Korea Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
handshake
Kuwait Kuwait Yes
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Yes

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LaosLaos Yes
Latvia Latvia Member of European Union
Lebanon Lebanon Yes
Lesotho Lesotho Yes
Liberia Liberia Yes
Lichtenstein (principality) Liechtenstein Member of European Union
Lithuania Lithuania Member of European Union
Luxembourg Luxemburg Member of European Union

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Macao Macao No
Macedonia Macedonia Member of European Union
Madagascar Madagascar Yes
Malawi Malawi Yes
Malaysia Malaysia No
Maldives Maldives Yes
Mali Mali Yes
Malta Malta Member of European Union
Marshall Islands Marshall-Islands Yes
Mauritania Mauritania Yes
Mauritius Mauritius ***
Mexico Mexico No
Micronesia Micronesia Yes
Moldavia Moldova Yes

Monaco Monaco

***
mongolia Mongolia Yes
Montenegro Montenegro – only with a biometric passport ***
Montserrat Montserrat Yes
Morocco Morocco Yes
Mozambique Mozambique Yes
Myanmar Myanmar (Burma) Yes

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Namibia Namibia Yes
Nauru Nauru Yes
Nepal Nepal Yes
Netherlands Netherlands Member of European Union
New Zeeland New Zeeland (including Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau) handshake
Nicaragua Nicaragua No
Niger Niger Yes
Nigeria Nigeria Yes
North Mariana Islands North Mariana Islands
(Federated States of Micronesia, Mariana Islands, Caroline, including Palau-Islands)
Yes
Norway Norway Member of European Union

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Oman Oman Yes

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Pakistan Pakistan Yes
Panama Panama No
Palestine Territorities Palestine Areas

Yes

Papua New Guinea Papua-New Guinea Yes
Paraguay Paraguay No
Peru Peru Yes
Phillippines Philippines Yes
Pitcairn Islands Pitcairn Islands Yes
Poland Poland Member of European Union
Portugal Portugal Member of European Union

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Qatar Qatar Yes

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Romania Romania Member of European Union
Russia Russia Yes
Rwanda Rwanda Yes

S

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Salomon Islands Salomon Islands Yes
Salomon Islands Samoa Yes
San Marino San Marino ***
Sao Tomé und Principe Sao Tomé und Principe Yes
Saudia Arabia Saudi-Arabia Yes
Senegal Senegal Yes
Serbia Serbia Yes
Seychelles Seychelles handshake
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Yes
Singapore Singapore No
Slovak Republic Slovak Republic Member of European Union
Slovenia Slovenia Member of European Union
Somalia Somalia Yes
South Africa South Africa Yes
Spain Spain
(including Spanish territories in North Africa with Ceuta and Melilla)
Member of European Union
Sudan Sudan Yes
Suriname Surinam Yes
Swaziland Swaziland Yes
Sweden Sweden Member of European Union
Switzerland Switzerland Member of European Union
Syria Syria Yes

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Tawain Taiwan ***
Tajikistan Tajikistan Yes
Tanzania Tanzania Yes
Thailand Thailand Yes
Togo Togo Yes
Tonga Tonga Yes
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Yes
Tunisia Tunisia Yes
Turkey Turkey Yes
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Yes
Tuvalu Tuvalu Yes

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Uganda Uganda Yes
Ukraine Ukraine Yes
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Yes
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland
(incl. Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Bermuda)
Member of European Union
United States of America United States of America
(including American Virgin Islands, American-Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico)
Uruguay Uruguay No
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Yes

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Vanuatu Vanuatu Yes
Vatican City Vatican City No
Venezuela Venezuela No
Vietnam Vietnam Yes

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Western Samoa Western Samoa Yes

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Yemen Yemen Yes

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Zambia Zambia Yes
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Yes