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29.03.2019 - Article

Information for your visa application

Processing of visa applications

Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:

  • Applications complying with the exceptions to the entry restrictions (pursuant to the notification from the European Commission of 16 March 2020 – 155 final):
    - healthcare professionals and health researchers, care professionals
    - cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors (e.g. air crews)
    - diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
    - passengers in transit (including those being repatriated to their homeland with consular assistance)
    - passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
    - persons in need of international protection or travelling for other humanitarian reasons
  • Applications for family reunification
  • Applications from skilled workers from the following categories:
    - skilled workers with a concrete job offer as defined by the Skilled Immigration Act and as evidenced by the Declaration regarding a contract of employment (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis)
    - scientists/Researchers
    - secondments and in-company transfers (ICT) restricted to managers and specialists
    - Managers
    - IT experts
    - employment in particular public interest
    This also includes C visas for urgent business trips on condition that there is the option of a return flight to leave Germany within the validity of the visa and that the applicant can provide sufficient evidence (e.g. verification from their employer) that it is absolutely essential for them to enter Germany even taking the pandemic situation into account.
  • A prerequisite in each case is proof of an obligation to be present in Germany (e.g. employment contract) and prima facie evidence that employment is necessary from an economic perspective and that the work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad (presentation of verification from the employer/contractor). Economic necessity refers to economic relations and/or Germany’s economy or that of the single market. Relevant documentation must be carried and presented to border control personnel.
  • Students whose studies cannot be performed entirely from outside Germany. This exemption applies to all those who have a notification of admission (even if preceded by a language course or an internship). It does not, however, apply to University applicants and those who wish to travel to Germany for a language course and then look around for a course of study (isolated language course). C visas for students are still not permissible. Evidence of an obligation to be present in Germany is necessary in the form of verification from the university (e.g. via email); documents must also be presented to border control personnel. 

Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Trindad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading urgent Needs.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany

In principle, travellers entering Germany from Trindad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname must spend 14 days in home quarantine immediately upon arrival.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must, under these agreements, proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, these quarantine regulations do not apply.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comperable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

Use of type D visas that have already been issued

The entry restrictions on all non-essential travel from third countries to the Federal Republic of Germany to contain COVID-19 may mean that you were not able to use a national visa issued by the Embassy Port-of-Spain prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.

As soon as you have a travel opportunity to Germany, please contact the Embassy Port-of-Spain: info@ports.diplo.de

Am I right here?

The German Embassy Port-of-Spain is responsible for processing visa applicants residing in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, if their main destination is one of the following countries:

  • Germany
  • Italy for short-term stays less than 90 days (known as Schengen visa)
  • Portugal for short-term stays less than 90 days (known as Schengen visa)
  • Estonia for short-term stays less than 90 days (known as Schengen visa)

Applicants residing in Suriname who would like to travel to Germany have to apply at the Embassy of The Netherlands.

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago are allowed to travel to the Schengen territory for short-term stays less than 90 days without a Schengen visa. Please read also our information sheet about Schengen visa waiver.

However, if you are travelling to Germany for the purpose of carrying out employment, any paid activity, study for more than 90 days or permanent residency a national visa to enter Germany is still needed (see below).

Citizens of other countries, please visit this Website.

What kind of visa do I need?

The kind of visa depends on the length and the purpose of the intended stay. Please choose the duration of your intended visit and click on the appropriate highlighted words for more information:

Airport transit (less than 24 hours and no exit from the transit area)

less than 90 days (short term visa/Schengen visa: for example tourism, business or transit)

(long term visa/national visa/permanent residency: for example for study, work or Family reunion)


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