Visa Requirements for German Citizens

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Visa Requirements for German Citizens

2018-12-26T13:26:00+00:00 December 26th, 2018|Tips|

In 2016, roughly 73.6 billion euros were spent by the German residents on travelling abroad. Preferred travel destinations of the German citizens were Austria and Netherlands.

Nevertheless, some countries don’t yet to recognize the German passport as an entry permit, so they apply also a visa regime towards its holders.

Visa Free Countries for German Citizens

The majority of world countries can be visited by the Germans only by holding a valid German passport. Traveling to such countries, thus, is very much simpler compared to the visa regime countries.

Here are the 145 world countries that can be visited by German citizens without a visa:

AlbaniaAmerican SamoaAndorra
AnguillaAntigua and BarbudaArgentina
ArmeniaArubaAsia
AustriaBahamasBarbados
BelarusBelgiumBelize
BermudaBoliviaBonaire
St. Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswana
BrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBrunei
BulgariaCayman IslandsChile
ColombiaCook IslandsCosta Rica
CroatiaCuracaoCyprus
Czech RepublicDenmarkDominica
Dominican RepublicEcuadorEl Salvador
EstoniaFalkland IslandsFaroe Islands
FijiFinlandFrance
French GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West Indies
GambiaGeorgiaGibraltar
GreeceGreenlandGrenada
GuatemalaGuyanaHaiti
HondurasHong Kong (SAR China)Hungary
IcelandIndonesiaIreland
IsraelItalyJamaica
JapanKazakhstanKiribati
KosovoKyrgyzstanLatvia
LesothoLiechtensteinLithuania
LuxembourgMacao (SAR China)Macedonia (FYROM)
MalaysiaMaltaMarshall Islands
MauritiusMayotteMexico
MicronesiaMoldovaMonaco
MongoliaMontenegroMontserrat
MoroccoNamibiaNetherlands
New CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaragua
NiueNorwayPalau Islands
Palestinian TerritoryPanamaParaguay
PeruPhilippinesPoland
PortugalQatarReunion
RomaniaSamoaSan Marino
Sao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSerbia
SingaporeSlovakiaSlovenia
Solomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Korea
SpainSt. Kitts and NevisSt. Lucia
St. MaartenSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSwaziland
SwedenSwitzerlandTaiwan
ThailandTimor-LesteTonga
Trinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkey
Turks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUkraine
United Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguay
VanuatuVatican CityVenezuela
Vietnam

Visa on Arrival for German Citizens

Certain countries have abandoned the classic visa requirements where you have to get the visa early before traveling. They have replaced them with a visa taken at the borders of the country by the immigration staff, known as a visa on arrival.

There are 39 countries where holders of the German passports can visit with a visa on the arrival:

  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Comores Islands
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Helena
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Countries Requiring Electronic Travel Authorization for German Nationals

For traveling to few foreign countries, Germans are required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA) beforehand, through a simple online application procedure.

These 7 countries apply an electronic travel authorization, as an entry requirement, towards German citizens:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
  • US Virgin Islands

E-Visa for the German Citizens

The very few world countries require from the German citizens obtaining beforehand their travel an electronic visa (e-visa).

These 5 world destinations are where Germans passport holders can enter on the grounds of an e-visa:

  • Azerbaijan
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Uzbekistan

Countries With Visa Regimes Towards the Germans

Apart from the main percentage of the world countries, there are remaining states which have retained the visa regime towards German nationals.

Thus, for visiting such countries a German passport holder should obtain a visa at the consular service abroad, usually to be stamped on a blank page of their passport, early enough before traveling.

Every country has its own visa requirements, usually accessible on the official website of the respective country’s embassy in Germany.

The following 33 countries apply a visa regime towards all the holders of German passports coming to visit their territory:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Congo (Dem. Rep.)
  • Congo (Rep.)
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Iraq
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen

Countries That Use EURO Currency

There are 18 foreign countries where you can pay with Euro currency, used as the official local currency. This includes Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Further countries and territories recognizing Euro as their main currency are the Azores, the Canaries, Ceuta and Melilla, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

Moreover, two countries outside the EU also use the Euro as their currency: Kosovo and Montenegro.

Risk Countries for International Travelers

International travelers, including German citizens are highly advised not visiting a country labeled as a “Risk Destination”, either in transit or to stop by there. This is because these destinations possess either unfavorable political, social or medical local conditions which may put people’s life in danger, particularly or incidentally of foreigners.

However, essential travels to such countries must be accompanied by prior detailed information about the potential threats and available professional security support for traveling there.

Risk countries for traveling to are:

Travel Risk CountryTravel Risk Areas by Country
AfghanistanBadakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Nuristan, Paktia, Paktika, Sar-e-Pul, Takhar, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul countrysides.
AlgeriaNorthern provinces (urban areas), oil and gas producing areas in the provinces of Adrar, Tamanrasset, Illizi, Ouargla and Ghardaia. Also urban areas such as Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Biskra, Bejaia, Constantine, Jijel, Mostaganem, Oran, Setif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Skikda, Tiaret and Tlemcen and northern urban capitals.
BahrainShia Muslim villages such as Sitra, A’ali, Saar, Diraz and further.
BangladeshDhaka and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Burkina FasoOudalan, Soum, and Loroum, as well as Apoa, Komandjari, and Kompienga provinces.
BurundiBubanza and Cibitoke as well as Bujumbura Rural province.
Central African RepublicBangui and rural areas.
ChadNdjamena.
Congo, Democratic RepublicNorth Kivu Province (except Goma and Beni), Ituri Province (except Bunia), central and Northern Katanga (Mitwaba, Pweto, Manono and Malemba-Nkulu areas). Also, Kinshasa, south of Katanga (Kolwezi district, south of Haut-Katanga province, including Lubumbashi) and Kongo-Central province.
Cote d’IvoireWest (Moyen-Cavally, Dix-Huit Montagnes, north-west of Bas-Sassandra) and north (Bafing, Worodougou, Vallée du Bandama, Zanzan, Savanes, Denguélé).
EgyptNdjamena and Western Desert.
El SalvadorNo specific region.
EthiopiaSomali region and areas bordering Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan.
GuatemalaGuatemala City, Chiquimula, Petén, Zacapa and Izabal departments.
HaitiNo specific region.
HondurasNo specific region.
IndiaAsom (Assam), Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, non-coastal districts of Odisha (Orissa), eastern areas of Maharashtra and parts of the Kashmir valley. As well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Leh district (Ladakh region).
IranAreas within approximately 60 miles (100km) of Turkish, Iraqi, Afghan borders, Khuzestan province and Sistan-e Balochistan.
IraqSouthern provinces, Kurdistan Region border areas and Kurdistan Region.
IsraelNo specific region.
KenyaThe Somali-border counties of Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Lamu, Nairobi, the northern counties of Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit and Isiolo.
Korea, NorthNo specific region.
LebanonBaalbek-Hermel governorate, areas within five miles (8km) of the Syrian-Israeli borders.
LibyaTripoli and Misrata city.
MaliGao, Kidal, Menaka, Mopti, Taoudeni and Timbuktu regions and Border with Mauritania, Mopti city, northern half of Segou region.
MauritaniaEastern desert areas
MexicoBaja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz states.
NicaraguaNo specific region.
NigerNorth, departments of Téra, Tillabéri, Ouallam and Filingué, Areas of Zinder, Diffa regions bordering Nigeria.
NigeriaBorno state and Abuja.
PakistanDistricts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan except for Gwadar and central districts, the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province).
Palestinian TerritoriesGaza
Papua New GuineaNo specific region.
SomaliaWestern Somaliland, Bosaso (Puntland) and Hargeisa.
SudanSouth Kordofan, West Kordofan and Blue Nile states and Darfur.
South SudanJuba.
Syrian Arab RepublicNo specific region.
TajikistanAfghan border and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.
TurkeyHakkari, Sirnak, Diyarbakir provinces, Areas within ten miles (16km) of the Syrian border.
UgandaAreas within 18.6 miles (30km) of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan borders.
VenezuelaNo specific region.
YemenSocotra islands.

 

Passport Validity Requirements for German Citizens

Commonly, German travelers to overseas countries are required to possess at least 3 to 6 months remaining validity period on their passports, beyond the period of their visit.

Return/Onward Travel Ticket

Most of the countries you will attempt to visit require from you to have a return or onward travel ticket when you enter the country.