General visa information

01.12.2017 - Article

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All visa applications will only be processed upon prior appointment.

Visa applications without appointment will not be processed. Each person needs an individual appointment.

Please note that there will be waiting time for such appointments.

Groups of 10 or more need to contact the Embassy via E-mail before booking appointments. 

General Visa information

Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term “Schengen visa” or for a long-term “German national visa” for stays over 90 days.

The German Embassy in Vientiane also currently issues Schengen visa in representation of the following Schengen Partners:

Austria, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain

Due to the introduction of VIS  (biometrics) all applicants need to appear in person to have their fingerprints taken.

Visa application forms need to be filled out completely and handed in with all required documents (see separate information sheets). Incomplete visa applications will not be accepted. Please also check that all forms are signed.

Upon receipt of the visa: Please verify your visa immediately and check if all information is correct. The Embassy cannot claim responsibility for any damage caused by errors on the visa. If you notice an error please let the visa section know right away so it can be rectified; later corrections might not be possible.

Please note that a valid visa does not guarantee entry into the Schengen countries, as the final authorization remains with the immigration officials at the respective borders.

The purpose of the visit may not be altered after entering the Schengen territory.

Processing time for Schengen visa application at the German Embassy in Vientiane:

Schengen-visa (maximum duration of stay 90 days):

Generally up to 5 working days

In any case it is advisable to apply for a visa well ahead of time, especially since processing times can always vary due to technical Problems.

Processing time for German national visa (stay in Germany for more than 90 days):

As long-term visa can only be issued after approval by the competent Aliens’ Office in Germany and due to long mailing times applications take 2 months on average.

Visa Information Sheets and Application Forms

Schengen Visa Information

Electronic Schengen Visa Application Form (VIDEX): http://videx.diplo.de

Schengen Visa Application Form (PDF)

Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 (to be submitted together with visa application form)

Information Sheets for Long-Term Visa Applications

Please note that the following information is only available in German, as the applicant must have sufficient German language skills as requirement when applying for family reunion.

Merkblatt Visum Ehegatten- und Lebenspartnernachzug

Merkblatt Visum zur Eheschließung oder Schließung einer eingetragenen Lebenspartnerschaft

Application form national long-term visa

Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 (to be submitted together with visa application form)

For information concerning all other types of long-term visa please send an e-mail to the visa section of the German Embassy.

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