1. Processing of visa applications
Applications for a visa to the German missions in Japan can be submitted as usual with adjusted appointment availability but without restrictions due to COVID-19. Please take note of the general information on visa applications.
2. Simplified procedure for new visas
Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)
A new Schengen visa (stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, C visa) can be issued under the simplified procedure in the following two cases:
- If a C visa already issued could not be used due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
- If an application for a C visa was withdrawn by the applicant due to the entry restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic.
However, it is only possible to issue a C visa under the simplified procedure
- in the case of visas with a validity of a maximum of 90 days (i.e. particularly not in the case of multiannual visas).
- The visa must have been originally applied for at one of the German missions in Japan.
- Furthermore, the purpose and destination of the intended trip must not have changed.
An informal application for a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including June 30 2021 at the German mission the visa was applied for originally. To this end, the contact form can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. In particular, a new declaration of commitment is necessary if more than six months have passed between the date on which the old declaration of commitment was submitted and the date on which the new visa application is submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.
Laws on entry requirements
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, persons arriving from many countries are obliged to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. More details are available here.