Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

30.06.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations.

Please note that requests for information on the current state of affairs and general requests for information on the visa procedure, appointment allocation or waiting times will not be answered!

1. Processing of visa applications

Due to the development of the pandemic in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe, visa applications can currently only be accepted in urgent exceptional cases. As soon as this situation changes, an announcement will be made on the website of the German Embassy.

Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:

  • Re-entry visa for Germany
  • Applications for family reunification
  • Students whose studies cannot be performed entirely from outside Germany. Evidence of an obligation to be present in Germany is necessary in the form of verification from the university (e.g. via email); documents must also be presented to border control personnel

For capacity reasons, the Embassy in Yaounde is currently unable to accept new applications for students. Applicants with applications already in progress will be contacted automatically for the necessary proof of compulsory attendance.

As soon as  new applications are accepted again, the following conditions must be met:

  • Unconditional admission with direct entry into the study programme. No previous language course!
  • Certificate from the university in Germany that personal attendance is compulsory for the lectures. No online lectures.
  • Confirmed proof of accommodation. An application in a dormitory is not sufficient.

Furthermore, students can only apply for a student visa if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Holding an A-Level with an average grade of 12.00 points or better
  • Holding an A-Level which has been completed in at least four subjects with a grade of C or better
  • Holding a Bachelor's degree with the grade “good”, “very good” or an GPA with an average of at least 3.0 and an A-Level with an average grade of at least 12.00 points or four subjects with the grade C
  • Holding a TestDaf certificate with a result of min. 4x4
  • Holding a TestAS certificate with a standard score of 100-130
  • Holding a confirmation of a scholarship from a German institution
  • Holding a confirmation for a PhD research
  • Holding a signed researcher contract (Aufnahmevereinbarung) with a university or research institute recognized by the BAMF.

Appointments can be booked online.

2. Simplified procedure for new visas

I. National visa (for long stays; D visa)

Issue of national visas under a simplified procedure is currently not possible.

II. Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)

It is not possible at present to issue a new Schengen visa (stays of up to 90 days) under the simplified procedure.

3. Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading Urgent need.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

4. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany

In principle, travellers entering Germany from Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe must spend 14 days in home quarantine immediately upon arrival.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must, under these agreements, proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, these quarantine regulations do not apply.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

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