Visas and Entry

21.01.2022 - Article

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Entry to Germany

Nepalese and certain non-EU nationals need a

Arriving in Germany
Arriving in Germany © dpa

visa in order to enter Germany. An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found here.

Should you however only be transiting through the Schengen area, you may apply for an airport transit visa (Category A). This visa allows a short stop-over at an international airport only. Neither leaving the airport’s international transit area nor overnight stays in a hotel are possible. If you need to leave the international transit area (i.e.to catch a connecting flight at another airport to leave the Schengen area), please apply for a regular Schengen visa.

The visa section of the German Embassy in Kathmandu will only allow access to vaccinated applicants from 21.01.2022 in accordance with the requirements of the Nepalese authorities. Therefore, appointments can only be granted to vaccinated persons, this applies to both Schengen visas and national visas. Appointments of unvaccinated applicants have therefore been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

The German Embassy has reassumed processing Schengen-visa on behalf of SLOVENIA (since Sep. 1st, 2021) and BELGIUM (since Nov. 1st, 2021).

Arriving in Germany: PCR tests and quarantine regulations

Entry & quarantine regulations
Entry & quarantine regulations © die Bundesregierung

A PCR test is always required for departure from Kathmandu International Airport, regardless of vaccination status.

As of Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, Nepal is classified as a high-risk area. Please observe the changed regulations on entry and the quarantine regulations!

Processing of visa applications

Issue of visas for vaccinated persons (Covishield, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Biontech)

Please note that you are not considered as fully vaccinated if you have received Sinopharm/Verocell or Johnson&Johnson only.

Since 07.07.2021, entry to Germany has again in principle been possible for persons from who have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with one of the vaccines listed on the Webpage of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI). Fully vaccinated persons can again enter Germany for the purpose of visits and as tourists. To this end, fully vaccinated persons can apply for the necessary visas from the German Embassy in Kathmandu.

Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed on the Webpage of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) and whose last required vaccination was administered at least 14 days ago can enter Germany. This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.

To enter Germany, a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or analogue form (paper form) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented. This must always include:

  1. the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least family name, first name and date of birth and/or passport no/Id-Card no)
  2. date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
  3. name of vaccine,
  4. name of disease vaccinated against,
  5. identifiers that indicate the person or institution responsible for administering the vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.

In the case of a person who has recovered from infection, a single dose of a vaccine is sufficient. As proof of full vaccination for a recovered person, proof must also be provided that they had the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before their vaccination. A positive PCR test must be submitted as proof of this illness. The proof of illness must be written in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and available in digital or analogue form (paper form).

Persons under the age of 12 and who are not yet vaccinated may enter the country with proof of a negative test (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Persons under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test.

Further information is available under the following Link.

Information about mandatory testing and proof of immunity, mandatory digital entry registration and quarantine regulations can be found here.

Visas for persons who are not fully vaccinated (Sinopharm/Verocell, Johnson&Johnson)

Visas can also still be issued to persons who are not yet fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine if the intended entry to Germany is absolutely necessary. The circumstances under which entry is considered to be absolutely necessary are explained in German, English and French on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community under the heading Coronavirus – FAQs and answers, and then under “Travel restrictions/border control”.

Which Visa Category do I have to apply for?

The type of visa you require depends on how long you plan to stay. Are you planning a short visit to Germany, e.g. for a holiday? Or would you like to stay longer, e.g. to attend university?
Please choose how long you are planning to stay. 

Short stay (maximum of 90 days, e.g. for a holiday or business trip)

Long stay (more than 90 days, e.g. to attend university, work or join a family member in Germany)

FAQ on visas and entry

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Which visa do I need for Germany?

I want to travel to Germany as a tourist, on business, for my studies, to work, or to join family members who live there.

Which visa should I apply for?

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