You should get a business visa if you are planning a business trip to Germany. Citizens of many countries do not require a visa
if they plan to stay up to 90 days. Your nationality determines whether you need a visa or not.
Required Documents for a German Business VISA:
Fully completed application form & declaration duly signed
Two passport photographs (strict requirements)
Valid national passport
1 copy of your passports data page (A4 size copy)
Your company bank statements from the previous three months
Invitation letter from the business partner in Germany in English
or German (For consultancy services: please provide a confirmation letter from the German client)
Detailed schedule of your business meetings (ONLY for stays over 30 days)
Confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage for emergency
medical or hospitalization with a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
Company covering letter with entire travel plan (itinerary)
Flight reservation, rail tickets, others. You can use the visa consultation services like this one or find one online.
Proof of accommodation for your entire stay in the Schengen area.
Certificate of Incorporation of the company
Proof of civil status: Marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable
Proof of financial status:
If employed: Payslips of the past three months / employment contract
If self-employed: Certificate of Proprietorship or other proof of ownership
(proof of land title, proof of income from agriculture (sales form) etc.)
You will also need to provide photocopies of all these documents.
You should apply at your home country’s German Embassy. First-time applicants have to submit the application
form along with the required documents in person. Frequent travellers may submit their application and documents via an agent or a travel agency.
It is recommended you apply for a visa at least 3 weeks before your travel date to meet any processing delays.
Paying the visa
Applicants have to pay the visa fees by a bank transfer. Cheque's or credit cards are not accepted. The money order
must be in the name of the Consulate in your home country and not be older than two months. Cost of a visa as of 2008 is 60 Euro.
Please ensure that you complete the form in full, - please also print, sign and bring with you when
attending for your Visa appointment. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.