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18.01.2018 - Article

Are you planning a short term visit to Germany? Do you want to visit a friend in Germany, attend a business meeting or need medical treatment? Here you can find information on the application process and required documents for a Schengen Visa.

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Schengen visas allow people to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days every six-month period.

Visa applicants residing in Uganda are entitled to apply at the German Embassy Kampala for a visa to the Federal Republic of Germany as well as to the Federal Republic of Austria, the Republic of Estonia, and the Swiss Confederation (for diplomatic and official passport holders only) as the Embassy represents these three Schengen countries here in Uganda.

If you are a legal resident of South Sudan you have to apply at the German Embassy in Kampala for a visa to Germany. Please note that the German Embassy is not the competent authority for South Sudan residents who would like to apply for a visa to Austria or Estonia.

Preparing your application

Please prepare your application as follows:

Important information
Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring all the necessary documents with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your photograph and fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.

What happens during processing?

The Embassy will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing generally takes a few days. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries can only be answered if they are made by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorised in writing by the applicant.

Return of your passport

As soon as the Embassy has decided on your application, you can collect your passport within a period of several days. You should collect your passport in person. If you are not able to collect it yourself, you can authorise another person to collect it for you. In order to do so, please fill out a power of attorney.

There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa. Our aim is to give you a certain amount of flexibility in planning your trip. In order to allow you to change your travel dates at short notice, visas are usually valid for 15 days longer than the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.
Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance cover. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

Checklists and Further Documents

If you want to travel to Germany on a short term basis, you need to apply for a Schengen Visa. No matter if you travel on business purposes, as a tourist or to see family or friends, you will find all requirements for visa application here.

Here you can download a list that shows you which embassy or consulate to turn to if the country you want to travel to is not represented in Kampala.

You wish to apply for a long term visa for family reunion to a family member of EU/EEA nationality (not German) or you are moving together with EU/EEA spouse to Germany. Please study the necessary requirements carefully.

If you are travelling to Germany in order to undergo medical treatment, please adhere to these requirements.

If you are travelling to Germany in order to undergo medical treatment, please adhere to these requirements.

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