Visa affairs for tourists

To apply for a tourist visa for the Federal Republic of Germany, foreigners who are still abroad should contact the German diplomatic mission in the respective country.
  • 1 biometrically readable passport photo from the latest time (35x45 mm without border, background light and monochrome. Sample - see link Federal Ministry of the Interior)
  • Valid travel or national passport
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage
  • Fully completed and signed application form

Depending on the reason for the visa extension, additional documents (e.g. medical certificates) may be required.


According to the so-called Visa Code, an extension to a total of up to 90 days is only possible for serious personal reasons, urgent humanitarian reasons or due to force majeure.

The extension of a visa that has already expired is excluded. In this case, the authority for home affairs - residents central office is responsible.

Related Links

  • Central Immigration Office - Hamburg
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland - sample photo board (external link)
  • eAT - electronic residence permit
  • Central residents' office - information on immigration law
  • Residence / settlement - applications (multilingual)

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