Visa Information


General Information

Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen visa" for stays of up to 90 days or for a long-term "German national visa" for stays over 90 days. To find out which documents you have to prepare, please read the section below according to your visa type.

Citizens of New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America, Kiribati, Tuvalu and a number of other countries do not require Schengen Visas. For a comprehensive list of countries please click here

Schengen visas:

A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (Schengen Area). The German Embassy Wellington will also accept Schengen Visa applications on behalf of Austria and Malta, if one of these countries is your main destination. If you are travelling as a tourist, the country that you stay longest in is considered your main destination.

Residents of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Samoa may apply for Schengen Visas at the German Embassy in Wellington. From 1 December 2017, Residents of Fiji have to apply for Schengen Visas at the German Embassy in Wellington until further notice.

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German National visas:

If you plan to live and work/study in Germany, you will need a German national visa.

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VIS - Visa Information System


Applications for visitor visas (Schengen Visas) have to be submitted in person at the German Embassy Wellington. Fingerprints will be taken. 

Children under the age of 12 and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible are exempt from the fingerprinting requirement.

All applications for residence permits (long term visas including Working Holiday Visas) have to be submitted in person at the German Embassy Wellington. 

New Zealand citizens can also apply for their necessary residence permit within 90 days of arrival in Germany at the local immigration office.

The German Embassy will generally accept visa applications three months before entry into Germany at the earliest.

Please see the link below for further details.

Visa Information

Antragsformular Schengenvisum

Online Appointment Booking System for Passport and Visa Applications


You will need an appointment to apply for a visa or a German passport/ID-card. Appointments can be booked online using the following link:

Opening hours for visa applications
For visa and passport applications:
Please book your appointment here

To protect your privacy please note we cannot grant access to the Embassy more than five minutes before your appointment.

Please note that due to security concerns larger bags (larger than a standard handbag or briefcase or a day pack) cannot be brought onto the Embassy premises. Please make arrangements to leave larger bags in safe storage elsewhere. Luggage storage facilities are available at Wellington International Airport, at Hotel  Waterloo opposite the Wellington Railway Station and at the Interislander Ferry Terminal.

For other consular matters:
Monday to Friday
from 10:45am to 12pm
or by appointment

The Embassy can be contacted by phone
Monday to Thursday
from 7.30am to 4.30pm
Friday from 7.30am to 3pm

Important Notice!

Payments can be made in cash, by cheque or credit card (there is no EFTPOS available).