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Short-term visa for Germany

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Please also see our current information on entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

General information

Short-term visas are also called “Schengen-visa” as they allow a stay up to 90 days in a 180-day timeframe in the Schengen area. A short-term visa is needed for any stay shorter than 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, you would have to apply for a long-term visa (also called “national visa”).

Long-term visa

Please note that visa applications have to be lodged at the competent Embassy or Consulate in which jurisdiction you reside. Only if you have been legally residing in Australia for over 6 months, you can apply for your short-term visa in Australia. If you are only temporarily staying in Australia for a short period of time (under 6 months), we cannot accept your visa application.

Australian citizens / The German-Australian Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements, dated 22.12.1952

Australian citizens do not need a visa for the Schengen area, which includes Germany, for an intended stay of up to 90 days in a 180 day period as long as

  • their passports are valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended length of stay in the Schengen zone and
  • they do not engage in any type of gainful employment

The German-Australian Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements, dated 22.12.1952

The German-Australian Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements, dated 22.12.1952, allows Australian citizens to travel to Germany and to stay in Germany for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa, as long as their passport is valid for the entire duration of the stay and as long as they do not engage in any kind of employment in Germany.

According to this agreement the duration of one stay in Germany must not exceed 90 days but the number of entries to Germany is not limited. In order to re-enter Germany for another 90 days visitors have to depart Germany for any other country outside the Schengen States (e.g. the UK or Romania to name a few) and can come back even the same day.

Since visitors need to be able to document the period of time they have been spending in Germany we recommend to enter and to depart via a German airport in order to obtain an official entry and departure stamp in their passport.

Germany is part of the Schengen States, so your first 90 days count – no matter where in the Schengen Area you spent them. You have to leave the Schengen States after 90 days and then you can go back only to Germany for the next 90 days. If you want to visit other Schengen States during this time you have to check if these states also have a bilateral agreement with Australia.

This means:

You can spend your first 90 days anywhere in the Schengen States and enter and leave the different states as often as you like.

On day 90 the latest you have to leave the Schengen States (you could go to the UK or Romania to name a few).

You have to make sure that you have the stamps from the border police in your passport to be able to proof that you have left the Schengen Area.

Afterwards you are allowed to go back to Germany for the 90 days, but only to Germany.

If you want to visit other Schengen States please check before travelling if these States have also a bilateral agreement with Australia.

Holders of UN Travel Document / Titre de Voyage

Travel Document (Convention of 28 July 1951)
Travel Document according to Convention of 28 July 1951 © GK Sydney

Holders of UN Travel documents, issued by the Australian Government according to the UN Conventions for refugees (Convention of 28 July 1951) and stateless persons (Convention of 28 September 1954), mentioned on the front page, can enter Germany without a visa for an intended stay of up to 90 days, as long as at the time of entry into Germany their travel document is still valid for at least 4 months and they do not engage in any type of gainful employment. If you want to travel to other Schengen countries, please check with the respective embassy for entry requirements.

Holders of Document of Identity / Certificate of Identity

Australian Certificate of Identity
Australian Certificate of Identity © GK Sydney

Holders of other Australian travel documents (Document of Identity or Certificate of Identity) need a visa according to the citizenship mentioned in the document. They have to apply at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sydney. Please find information about the required documents in the following checklist:

Schengen visa - document checklist PDF / 248 KB

To apply for a visa you have to make an appointment online .
Please note that you will need proof from the Australian authorities that you are allowed to leave Australia AND to come back after the travel to Germany when applying for the visa.

For long-term visa please refer to: long-term visa

Where to apply for short-term visa in Australia

Please note that visa applications have to be lodged in at the competent Embassy or Consulate in which jurisdiction you reside. Only if you have been legally residing in Australia for over 6 months, you can apply for your short-term visa in Australia. If you are only temporarily staying in Australia for a short period of time (under 6 months), we cannot accept your visa application.

The Austrian Embassy in Canberra is responsible for issuing Schengen Visas on behalf of Germany in all States and Territories of Australia. As a consequence, visa applicants with residence in Australia will have to launch their application for a Schengen-Visa (intended stay of up to 90 days in a 6 months period; e.g. tourist or business visa) personally at VFS global or the Austrian embassy in Canberra. Please look here for more information about visa applications:

For enquiries about short-term Schengen visa for travellers, please contact VFS Global:

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/aus/en/aut
Tel: (02) 8278 4527 (Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Email: info.jvac-au@vfshelpline.com

For background Information on Schengen Visas (e.g. fees, required documents) you can also visit the respective website of the Austrian Embassy.

Application form and further information

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