Schengen visas

Schengen Visum

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Visa requirement

Nationals of EU countries

EU citizens do not need a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Nationals from non-EU countries

Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in a 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

Please click here to find out if you require a visa.

Bodies responsible for issuing visas

In the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, the Embassy and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany are responsible for issuing visas.

Local responsibility for issuing the visa lies with the mission responsible for the area in which the applicant has his/her ordinary residence or domicile.

Embassy Riyadh: Central and Eastern Province including the Provinces of Qasim, al-Mintaqa al-Sharqiya (Eastern Province), Hail, al-Hudud al-Shamaliya (Northern Province), Jouf and Riyadh.

Consulate General Djedda: Provinces of Tabuk, Medina, Mekka, Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan.

Subject‑matter responsibility lies with the mission of the Schengen State in whose territory the sole or main destination is situated

Application preparation

The possibility of creating your visa application online and having the completed and printed form electronically scanned through a barcode during the appointment with the service provider contributes significantly to reducing the processing time. Therefore please use the electronic application form “VIDEX” .


You can apply for the visa 6 months prior to your trip. The visa application must be submitted personally by the applicant to the nearest service provider with all necessary documents. Biometric data (fingerprints) are collected if this has not been done before by any Schengen Mission in the past 59 months. In that case, appearing in person is not required. You can submit your application for a Schengen Visa at one of the visa acceptance centres in Riyadh, Al-Khobar and Jeddah.

The service provider supports you during the visa process. It accepts your application, checks it for completeness, collects the visa and service fees, forwards it to the responsible German mission and then returns your passport to you. The service provider has no influence on the decision made by the Embassy or Consulate General regarding your application or any additional documents requested.

Application procedure

The competent German Mission will decide on the issuance of a visa taking into account all the circumstances of the individual case. There is no legal claim to the issuance of a Schengen Visa. In each individual case, the mission must establish that the following conditions have been met:

  • Plausibility and comprehensibility of the purpose of travel in Germany
  • Financing of living and travel expenses
  • Willingness of the visa holder to leave the Schengen Area before the visa expires
  • Proof of a travel health insurance valid for the entire Schengen area and for the entire duration of the stay with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros

Should an applicant be unable to prove that he/she can finance the journey and sustain him/herself, a third person may undertake to cover all costs associated with the trip in accordance with sections 66 and 68 of the Residence Act. This undertaking is normally to be made to the foreigners authority in the place of residence of the person making the undertaking.

Persons whose entry into the Schengen Area would jeopardise security or public order in the Schengen States or who do not fulfil one or more of the above‑mentioned requirements, cannot be granted a visa.

In the case of denial of an application, the applicant will be informed about the relevant reasons. Legal recourses are available to all applicants.

Processing time

Normally it takes up to 15 calender days to process and make a decision about a Schengen Visa request.

Please be informed that we are not be able to release your passport while processing your visa request. Please coordinate your travel and visa plans accordingly.

Important information

for Syrian citizens:

Syrian passports are only valid if they have been signed by the passport holder in front of the issuing authority. If your passport is not signed, please go to the Syrian Embassy in Manama and sign your passport in front of the respective officer.

for Palestinians:

You can only apply for a Schengen visa if you hold a travel document recognized by Germany:

  • passport or travel document issued by the Palestinian National Authority, only if the ID-number mentioned in the document begins with the numbers 4, 8 or 9
  • “Document de Voyage pour les Réfugiés Palestiniens”/“Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees” issued by the Egyptian authorities, only if the document contains a valid re-entry visa and the holder resides in Egypt
  • Alien’s passport (T-series) issued by the Jordanian authorities
  • “Document de Voyage pour les Refugies Palestiniens/”Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees“ issued by the Syrian authorities, only with valid visa and only if Germany is included in area of validity

for Somali citizens:

Please note that passports and additional travel documents issued by the Somali authorities after 31st January 1991 are not recognized by Germany. You cannot apply for a Schengen visa if you hold such a document.

Downloads and further information

Schengen visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the staff of the service provider TLS Contact or the visa application process via the contact form. In the…

Complaints about the Schengen visa application process

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