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Information on Visa Applications , Visa Renewal & Restrictions during COVID-19 Pandemic

07.10.2021 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, visa renewal and relaxation of restrictions

1.1 Issue of visas for vaccinated persons from 25 June 2021

Since 25 June 2021, entry to Germany has again in principle been possible for persons from Uganda who have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI). Fully vaccinated persons can again enter Germany for the purpose of visits and as tourists. To this end, fully vaccinated persons can apply for the necessary visas from the Embassy Kampala.

However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as areas of variant of concern. Transportation to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.

Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI) and whose last required vaccination was administered at least 14 days ago can enter Germany. This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.

To enter Germany, a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or analogue form (paper form) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented. This must always include:

  • the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least family name, first name and date of birth),
  • date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
  • name of vaccine,
  • name of disease vaccinated against,
  • identifiers that indicate the person or institution responsible for administering the vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.

In the case of a person who has recovered from infection, a single dose of a vaccine is sufficient. As proof of full vaccination for a recovered person, proof must also be provided that they had the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before their vaccination. A positive PCR test must be submitted as proof of this illness. The proof of illness must be written in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and available in digital or analogue form (paper form).

Persons under the age of 12 and who are not yet vaccinated may enter the country with proof of a negative test (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Persons under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test.

Further information is available under the following link.

Information about mandatory testing and proof of immunity, mandatory digital entry registration and quarantine regulations can be found here.

1.2 Visas for persons who are not fully vaccinated only if absolutely necessary

Visas can also still be issued to persons who are not yet fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine if the intended entry to Germany is absolutely necessary. The circumstances under which entry is considered to be absolutely necessary are explained in German, English and French on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community under the heading Coronavirus – FAQs and answers, and then under “Travel restrictions/border control”.

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2. Simplified procedure for new Schengen visas

(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 the Embassy Kampala.
  • Furthermore, the purpose and destination of the intended trip must not have changed.

An informal application for the issue of a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including  23rd December 2021 to the Embassy Kampala. The contact form can be used to this end. 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 usually not necessary.

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