Visa regulations

(Information taken from the webpage of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. No liability for completeness or correctness is assumed.)

EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Generally speaking, all other foreigners - i.e. non-EU nationals - require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. You will find an overview on countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany here.

Application procedure

As a rule, applicants must submit visa applications, together with all necessary documents, in person at the German mission responsible for their place of residence. In order to find out about the visa procedure and about the documentation which has to be submitted, please consult the website of the respective mission well in advance of your departure.

On request, the Conference Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications for participants who fully paid their registration fees. Please indicate during the online registration process if you need a personal invitation to attend the conference.

Time required to process a visa application

As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa. Applications for visas entitling the holder to a longer stay or to take up gainful employment may take several months to process.

During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their applications in good time.


Please consult the webpage of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany for further and more detailed information.


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