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Germany Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after the period of intended stay in Germany. A visa is not required.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Germany. Passport exemptions apply to holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authories, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom'. A visa is not required for passports endorsed British Citizen; nor for holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authories, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom'. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days per half-year period, for holders of passports endorsed British National (overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and British Subject (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom).

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Germany. A visa is not required.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Germany. A visa is not required.

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for the intended period of stay, and a valid Schengen visa, to enter Germany. Note that Temporary passports will not be recognised.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Germany. A visa is not required.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Germany. A visa is not required.

Passport/Visa Note

The borderless region known as the Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option, and which allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all the aforementioned countries. Additionally, non-EEA members require proof of (i) onward or return tickets, (ii) the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and (iii) sufficient funds to support themselves while in Germany. Note that citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the USA are exempt from the requirement to hold onward tickets. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

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