Schengen Visa ( short stay up to 90 days )

Schengener Staaten Bild vergrößern (© wikimedia commons, GNU Free Documentation License)

According to the Schengen Agreement, tourist and business visas issued by a mission of one of the following countries are valid for travel to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. However, you always have to apply at the Embassy/Consulate of the country of your main destination.

The validity of Japanese Visa ( Residence Card ) has to last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from Germany ( also Schengen area).

Visa Needed?

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days within a period of 6 months. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

Visa country list


Business trip to Germany

Do you plan to go to Germany on business or to attend a conference?

Dinkelsbühl auf der Romantischen Straße

Tourist visit to Germany

Are you going to have holidays in Germany?


Visiting relatives/friends in Germany

Do you spend your vacation at your relatives/friends?

Familie am Flughafen

Airport Transit in Germany

citizens of some countries do need an airport transit visa. Please note that an airport transit visa only allows a short stay in the international transit area, neither leaving the airport's international transit area nor overnight stays are possible.

Schengen Visa

Antragsformular Schengenvisum

Appointment required / German Embassy

With the new service, you are now requested to book a time slot to meet the visa officers at the Embassy.

Appointment system

For visa and passport applications at the Consulate General Osaka-Kobe starting 1st October 2015 an appointment is required.

The Visa Information System – VIS

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.