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Do I need a visa to go to Germany?

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O            no visa requirement for citizens of EU/EEA countries

               Citizen of EU and EEA states do not need a visa to enter or reside in Germany.

O            moreover, no visa is needed in the following cases:

- citizens of Australia, Canada, The United States of America, New Zealand, Japan or South Korea do not need a visa in advance. After entering German territory they can apply for a visa at the local alien authority.

- citizens of Andorra, San Marino, Honduras or Monaco are also allowed to apply for their visa after entering German territory, unless they intent to work in Germany. Exceptions are possible, depending on each individual case.

- holders of a Polish long-term visa or a Polish residency permit do not need a visa for short term stays of 90 days per half a year in Germany


If you are in possession of a Polish visa with a validity exceeding 90 days, you can travel for 90 days per half a year to Germany for touristic purposes or for transit within Schengen until the visa expires. The German Embassy in Warsaw does not issue Schengen Visa. For purposes like transit or tourism, all travels to or through Germany require a Polish residence permit or a Polish long-term visa.

O            Long Term stays in Germany over 90 days and citizens of other countries

As long as you are not a citizen of a country whose citizenship allows you to enter Germany freely (please check the list of countries below), you are residing legally in Poland (e.g. Karta pobytu, D-Visa) and you plan to stay in Germany for more than 3 months (family reunion, studying) or to work in Germany, you need a visa for entering the country.


If you are already in Germany AND have a Polish residence permit that allows you to legally stay in Germany AND you meet the eligibility criteria for a residence permit, you may contact your local alien authority directly and apply for a visa according to § 39 Nr. 6 Aufenthaltsverordnung. Please contact your competent local alien authority for more information on this subject.

List of countries with visa requirement for entering Germany - an overview


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