Your entry into Germany should be as smooth as possible. Please find below all necessary information about the visa application process matching the local requirements. This information is exclusive.
Opening times of the visa section
The visa section is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8.00 am until 1.00 pm and in addition every Wednesday from 2.00 to 4.30 pm. Visa applications may only be submitted upon appointment.
Passports can be picked up from Monday to Thursday at 2.00 pm, on Fridays at noon.
Appointments for Schengenvisa are activated two weeks in advance. Due to automatic programming, the appoitments are activated at midnight CET. Please be aware that du...
Waiting periods for visa appointments
Online Booking of a visa appointment
To apply for a visa you need an appointment. The booking of an appointment is exclusively done by using the German Embassy’s online booking system for short term visa (Schengen-visa) as well as long term visa (3 months and longer). Please note that each applicant for a Schengen-visa or with the purpose of studies needs to book an individual appointment. For the registration of a national visa appointment groups up to 6 persons are possible. The online booking of an appointment is free of charge.
Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office
Ethiopian passport holders who are travelling via an airport in one of the Schengen countries in order to reach their final destination outside the Schengen region only require a transit visa if they do not hold a valid visa for an EU Member State or for a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, Canada, Japan, or the United States of America.
- Travel purpose: business trip, visit of friend/relative or tourism
- Maximum period of stay is 90 days within 180 days
- If you plan to travel to only one Schengen country you have to submit your application at the respective country's Embassy. When there are more than one Schengen countries you have to submit it at the Embassy of the country where you intend to stay the longest time.
Ethiopian passport holders require a national visa (residence permit) for the following purposes:
- Family reunion
- Spouses reunion
- Join your spouse or parent who is recognized in Germany as refugee or asylum seeker
- Join your Fiancé/e
- Studies at a university
- National visa
- Blue Card
Please note that the processing time for national visa varies and can take up to several months as immigration authorities in Germany have to be contacted.