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
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. Residents of Fiji can submit their applications for Schengen Visas to the French Embassy in Suva (www.ambafrance-fj.org).
German National visas:
If you plan to live and work/study in Germany, you will need a German national visa.