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 Germans

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:

CountryAllowed stayCountryAllowed Stay
Albania90 daysMalaysia3 months
Andorra90 daysMaltaFreedom of Movement
Antigua and Barbuda6 monthsMarshall Islands90 days
Argentina90 daysMauritius90 days
Armenia180 daysMexico180 days
AustriaFreedom of movementMicronesia90 days
Bahamas3 monthsMoldova90 days
Barbados6 monthsMonaco90 days
Belarus30 daysMongolia30 days
BelgiumFreedom of movementMontenegro90 days
Belize1 monthMorocco90 days
Bolivia90 daysNamibia3 months
Bosnia and Herzegovina90 daysNetherlandsFreedom of Movement
Botswana90 daysNicaragua90 days
Brazil90 daysNorth Macedonia90 days
Brunei90 daysNorwayFreedom of Movement
BulgariaFreedom of movementOman14 days
Canada6 monthsPalau90 days
Cape Verde30 daysPanama180 days
Chile90 daysParaguay90 days
Colombia180 daysPeru90 days
Costa Rica90 daysPhilippines30 days
CroatiaFreedom of movementPolandFreedom of Movement
CyprusFreedom of movementPortugalFreedom of Movement
Czech RepublicFreedom of movementQatar90 days
DenmarkFreedom of movementRomaniaFreedom of Movement
Dominica90 daysSaint Kitts and Nevis3 months
Dominican Republic90 daysSaint Lucia90 days
Ecuador90 daysSaint Vincent and the Grenadines90 days
El Salvador3 monthsSamoa90 days
EstoniaFreedom of movementSan MarinoFreedom of Movement
Eswatini30 daysSao Tome and Pri­ncipe15 days
Fiji4 monthsSenegal90 days
FinlandFreedom of movementSerbia90 days
FranceFreedom of movementSeychelles3 months
Gambia90 daysSingapore90 days
Georgia1 yearSlovakiaFreedom of Movement
GreeceFreedom of movementSloveniaFreedom of Movement
Grenada3 monthsSolomon Islands90 days
Guatemala90 daysSouth Africa90 days
Guyana3 monthsSpainFreedom of Movement
Haiti90 daysSwedenFreedom of Movement
Honduras3 monthsSwitzerlandFreedom of Movement
HungaryFreedom of movementThailand30 days
IcelandFreedom of movementTimor-Leste90 days
Indonesia30 daysTonga90 days
IrelandFreedom of movementTrinidad and Tobago90 days
Israel3 monthsTunisia4 months
ItalyFreedom of movementTurkey3 months
Jamaica90 daysTuvalu90 days
Japan90 daysUkraine90 days
Kazakhstan30 daysUnited Arab Emirates90 days
Kiribati90 daysUnited Kingdom6 months
Kosovo90 daysUnited States90 days
South Korea90 daysUruguay90 days
Kyrgyzstan60 daysUzbekistan30 days
LatviaFreedom of movementVanuatu90 days
Lesotho14 daysVatican90 days
LiechtensteinFreedom of movementVenezuela90 days
LithuaniaFreedom of movementVietnam15 days
LuxembourgFreedom of Movement

Countries Requiring Visa on Arrival or eVisas 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. For traveling to few foreign countries, Germans are required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA) beforehand, through a simple online application procedure.

CountryAllowed stayCountryAllowed stay
Bahrain14 daysRwanda30 days
Bangladesh30 daysSaudi Arabia90 days
Benin30 days/8 daysSierra Leone30 days
Burkina Faso1 monthSomalia1 month
Cambodia30 daysSri Lanka30 days
Comoros45 daysTajikistan45 days
Egypt30 daysTanzania3 months
Ethiopiaup to 90 daysTogo7 days
Gabon90 daysUganda90 days
Guinea-Bissau90 daysZambia90 days
Iran30 daysZimbabwe3 months
Iraq60 daysAngola30 days
Jordan30 daysAustralia90 days
Kuwait3 monthsAzerbaijan30 days
Laos30 daysCo´te d'Ivoire3 months
Lebanon1 monthDjibouti31 days
Madagascar90 daysGuinea90 days
Malawi30 daysIndia60 days
Maldives30 daysKenya3 months
Mauritania30 daysNew Zealand3 months
Mozambique30 daysPakistan30 days
Myanmar28 daysRussia16 days
Nepal90 daysSouth Sudan3/6 months
Papua New Guinea60 daysSuriname90 days

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

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • North Korea
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • 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.

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.