Germany is a great country with one of the best economies in the world. The official language of Germany is German, though the English language is also popular there. Every information you need about Germany Visa in Nigeria will be provided in this post.
If you intend traveling to Germany from Nigeria with a Nigerian passport, you will need a visa. Of course, it is not too difficult obtaining one if you will do the right things – which is one of the reasons for this article.
A lot of Nigerians are currently in Germany, either for tourism purposes, academics, business, religious reasons, etc.
Irrespective of why you intend traveling to Germany, this article will guide you on how to make your application seamless.
Types of Germany Visa
The Schengen visa allows non-EU citizens or German citizens to visit Schengen territories when in Germany. With this visa, travellers can stay in the country for up to 3 months.
We shouldn’t forget to add that the Schengen has visa types, as well as categories. The exciting thing about the Schengen visa is that it enables a traveller to travel between the EU states without having to process a visa every time.
Here are types of Germany (Schengen) visas according to the purpose of travel:
• Business Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Tourism Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Invitation Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Sport competition Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Medical Treatment Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Religious Purposes Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 180 days
• Transit Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for 24 hours
• Airport Transit Visa: The Processing Time is 15 days, and it is valid for just 24 hours
General Documents Required for a German Visa
Irrespective of the type of visa you seek to obtain, there are certain requirements you must put in place, as they apply to almost all the types of visas.
Here are some vital documents you need to obtain a German visa:
• A properly filled and signed Germany visa application form.
• An International passport
• Two passport-photographs which have to meet the criteria for the application.
• Proof of paid accommodation in Germany must be forwarded to the German Embassy with all relevant documents.
• A purchased return ticket within the planned duration of your trip.
• A valid travel health insurance covering the total number of days you’ll be staying in Germany is required.
• You would also need to send in a copy of your detailed itinerary if the purpose of your travel is for tourism or leisure.
• Bank Statement
Germany Visa Types
Travellers would need a Uniform Schengen Visa, which allows people to enter all 26 members states of the Schengen area. It has 3 categories
Category A: Airport Transit Visa; this visa does not permit entry into the Schengen area.
Category B: Transit Visa; this visa permits entry into more than one Schengen for a period of 5 days maximum.
Category C: Short-term visas; includes single-entry, double-entry and multiple entry visas.
Single Entry Germany (Schengen) Visa
With this, travellers can enter Germany only once within the period of time mentioned in the visa sticker affixed to their passport.
Double Entry Germany (Schengen) Visa
With this, travellers can get another chance to go back to Germany after departing. But after the second time, the visa would no longer be effective.
Multiple Entry Visa
With a multiple entry visa, a traveler can move in and out of Germany as many times as they desire. However, they must not violate the 90/180 rule (i.e once you have spent 90 days total in the Schengen zone within 6 months)
There are 3 types of Multiple Entry Visa;
1 Year Multiple Entry Visa
3 Year Multiple Entry Visa
5 Year Multiple Entry Visa
These visas allows the opportunity to stay in Germany for a long period of time, or permanently.
Now, let us take the time to outline the general documents you will be needing to process any visa of your choice.
Purpose of Travel
When filling the visa application form, travellers are expected to make known the reason they are going to the country.
Examples of these reasons are:
Tourist/ Visitor Visa
For those that intend going to Germany to visit relatives, attend a summer school or maybe a work seminar, this is the visa they will need. Apart from the above-mentioned requirements for a Schengen visa, it might also be necessary to get a letter from the tour organizer.
This is for those planning to get into the country for business purposes. Apart from the general documents listed above, you won’t need any additional documents to apply for a business visa.
Airport/ Transit Visa
To travel through Germany on your way to another country, you will need an Airport or Transit visa. Of course, no additional documents are required to obtain this.
This is for those traveling to the country to receive medical care for their illness. The person is required to provide proof of civil status (marriage certificate, death certificate of spouse, if applicable) and Travel Medical Insurance up to $30,000.
Address and Location of Germany Embassy in Nigeria
Germany Consulate Nigeria, Lagos
Address: 15 Walter Carrington Crescent (formerly Eleke Crescent), Victoria Island. Lagos. Nigeria
Germany Embassy Nigeria, Abuja
Address: 9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama. Abuja, Nigeria
Phone: +00234-9-220-8010, +00234-9-220-8011
Germany Visa information provided in this post is only a guide, if there is ay change this post will definitely be updated.