Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

21.08.2020 - 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.

Additional content

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, persons arriving from many countries are obliged to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. More details are available here.

Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

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