:: Passport valid for 90 days on exit
Extended passports may still be valid, but will not be accepted if they are more than 10 years old.
:: Two blank visa pages in passport
:: Photocopy of passport information page
:: UK residence permit, valid for 90 days on exit
Travellers must submit both the original permit and a good-quality photocopy. Please note, a C-type visitor visa is not acceptable.
:: One biometric passport photograph
The photograph must be no more than six months old, and should be on a white or off-white background.
:: Completed application form
The application form must be completed online; handwritten forms will not be accepted. Please ensure all questions are answered in full, and all names and details exactly match those in your passport. Once you have completed the online form, print it out, then sign (in the three places indicated), ready to submit to us along with the other application requirements. Please do not process any payment; we will handle this on your behalf.
If you require further assistance with the online application form, we can complete it on your behalf for an additional fee. Please see our Services page or contact us for further information.
:: Signed power of attorney form
:: Additional information sheet, printed and signed
:: Proof of occupation
Please provide a letter from your UK employer (or school/university, if you are a student), as proof of occupation or student status. This must be an original document on official letterhead, addressed to the Mission and with an original (not digital, scanned or photocopied) signature. It should be no more than one month old, and must include the name and position of the signee.
Self-employed applicants should submit a similar letter from their solicitor or accountant confirming this status.
If you are unemployed or retired, please provide an original, signed letter from your local Jobcentre or Pension Service confirming your benefits/pension.
Applicants whose trip is being sponsored by a relative (e.g. spouse or adult child), must submit a marriage/birth certificate (original, plus copy), including a certified translation if not in English or German; a copy of the adult child’s passport; the child’s proof of occupation and funds; and the child’s cover letter, signed and dated, confirming sponsorship.
In case of sponsorship by any other person, the applicant must provide a Formal Declaration of Obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung). This can be obtained via the German Embassy in London, OR the sponsor’s local Town Hall authority (Foreigners Office – Ausländerbehörde) in Germany.
:: Proof of sufficient funds
Please provide your three most recent monthly bank statements. These must be from a UK current account, showing your name, address and an end balance which is no more than one month old at the time your visa application is submitted. The balance should be equivalent to at least £40 per day of stay in the Schengen area, plus enough to cover travel and accommodation fees. Traveller’s cheques covering the same amount will also be accepted.
:: Proof of travel
Tickets to and from the Schengen region (flight, train, coach or ferry) must be confirmed and booked in the applicant’s name. If visiting more than one Schengen country during the period of your stay, you must also provide proof of travel between those countries.
:: Proof of accommodation
Please submit a confirmed hotel reservation in your name, ensuring you account for every night of stay in the Schengen area. If your name is not mentioned on the accommodation reservation, then a joint travel confirmation letter, signed and dated by the person whose name is on the reservation, must also be provided along with a photocopy of that same person’s passport bio/signature page(s).
:: Travel insurance
Travellers must submit an all-risk medical travel insurance policy, issued in either Germany or the UK. This should show the applicant’s name, and must be valid in all Schengen Area member states for the full duration of stay. The policy must cover a minimum of €30,000 for medical emergency and repatriation, with an ‘in case of death’ clause included.
:: Document copies
Please note, where original documents are required, applicants should also submit a photocopy of the same.
Any documents printed from a website or email must clearly display the originating website address or URL.
:: Biometric information, provided in person
All first-time applicants over the age of 12 years must provide biometric information (digital finger scans and photograph) in person at the German visa processing centre in London on the day of application. This is a straightforward process which takes around 10 minutes. We will book an appointment on your behalf, and meet you at the application centre. If you have provided this information since 20th November 2015, you do not need to attend an appointment to provide it again; biometric details remain valid for five years. In this instance, our handling fee will be reduced to £120.
For the digital photograph, your face must be clearly visible from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows, including both cheeks, and with no hair covering your eyes. When attending the biometric appointment, you must not wear a hat, scarf or anything else which covers your face, hair or neck (religious head coverings are excepted). If you wear glasses, you may be asked to remove them while the photograph is taken.
If you have cuts or injuries to your fingertips, you should wait until they heal before booking a biometric appointment.