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citizens of some countries do need an airport transit visa.
Please note that an airport transit visa only allows a short stay in the international transit area, neither leaving the airport's international transit area nor overnight stays are possible.

Airport Visa Needed?

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the nationality and the resident status of the applicant. Due to its location at the heart of Europe, Germany is an important transit country. The vast majority of travellers do not need a visa when airtransitting through Germany. However, citizens of some countries do need an airport transit visa.
Please note that an airport transit visa only allows a short stay in the international transit area, neither leaving the airport's international transit area nor overnight stays are possible.

Please check with your Airline, if you have to pick up your baggage and/or have to check-in again. If so, you need to enter Germany. You will need a special transit visa.

following countries need a visa when airtransitting through Germany: According to Annex C of Article 26 Aufenthaltsverordnung, nationals of the

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan ( except for holders of Visa for Australia, Israel, New Zealand plus a valid flight ticket to the respective country
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan (except for holders of diplomatic passports)
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey ( except for holders of diplomatic and official passports )

Attention: In accordance with article 3 paragraph 5 letter b and c of the Visacodex, the above named nationals do NOT need a transit visa if they are holders of a valid Re-entry permit to Japan (sticker in the passport).

Required Documents

Required Documents Further, you must apply in person.
1
fully completed application form (only German and English versions accepted) and declaration
2
one passport photograph (strict requirements, see details)
3
valid national passport and one copy
4
original of valid Japanese residence card and re-entry-permit and one copy
5
confirmed airline ticket to final destination and one copy
6
visa for your final destination (if required) and one copy
7
visa fees (80 EUR, payable in Japanese yen according to the official exchange rate on the date of application)

Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.

Processing time

It is essential to allow yourself sufficient time when applying for a visa. The process may take up to 2 week.

To who wants to send back by post

If you live in far from embassy and want your passport with the visa sent to you by mail,

Embassy Tokyo: please prepare a „Letter Pack“ ( 520 Yen) from post office so that we can return your passport after issuing the visa.

Consulate General Osaka: Please prepare an envelope (size DIN A4) with your address so that we can return your passport after issuing the visa. Stamps are not necessary as we will send the passport by Takkyubin, collect on delivery.

Complaints about the Schengen visa application process

Schengen visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, or the visa application process via the contact form. In the contact form, please select the option „Beschwerde zum Schengen-Visum-Verfahren“. Please note that complaints may only be submitted in German or English. We are unable to follow up on complaints in languages other than German or English. Please enter one of the following two options in the „Subject“ field of the contact form:

  • Complaint about the conduct of consulate staff
  • Complaint about the visa application process

We will follow up on your complaint once it has been received.

Important information: No legal remedies against decisions to refuse, annul or revoke a visa – in particular no remonstrations – may be submitted via the complaints contact form.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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