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Dear customers and business partners,

some visa services are still restricted and entry regulations are stricter for many countries. Therefore, we are not yet able to work for you 100% as usual, but all SERVISUM offices are still available for you during the usual business hours.

Unfortunately, we are not able to inform you on our homepage about every dynamic change regarding the current entry regulations, which go beyond the visa regulations.

Therefore, we kindly ask you to always inform yourself about the currently valid entry regulations (e.g. on the website of the Federal Foreign Office or the respective website of the country to be visited) before every planned trip.

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  • 03/09/2021: SOUTH KOREA:

    Visas are now only needed for mechanics/technicians, all others require an electronic entry permit (ETA)
  • 05/08/2021: Azerbaijan:

    Application of e-visa possible again!
  • 30/07/2021: SERVISUM:

    Office in Munich closed from August 2021. For inquiries please get in touch with SERVISUM Berlin.
  • 06/07/2021: USA:

    All NIE permits are now valid for one year and multiple entries from the date of issue (also for previously issued NIE).
  • 28/06/2021: Ethiopia:

    Regular visa application possible again. Travelling with e-visa/visa on arrival not possible.
  • 17/06/2021: Saudi Arabia:

    Appointments for visa applications at VFS in Frankfurt (new address) possible again.
  • 11/06/2021: Guinea:

    no visa issuance at the moment
  • 11/06/2021: Cameroon:

    visa issuance possible again
  • 04/06/2021: Thailand:

    Cosulate in Hamburg closed since 27. May 2021
  • 30/04/2021: Nepal:

    new online visa application form 
  • 12/04/2021: Democratic Republic of Congo:

    New Visa Application Forms
  • 07/04/2021: Russia:

    Visa application of all categories possible again.
  • 01/04/2021: INDIA:

    For the following categories it is possible to apply for an eVisa again: Business, Conference, Medical and Medical Attendant.
  • 23/03/2021: East Africa Visa:

    Since 2021 only to be applied for as e-visa if first entry via Kenya.
  • 05/03/2021: Thailand:

    Embassy closed until March 19th
  • 03/03/2021: South Korea:

    For business visa (C-4) purchase order/contract between german and south korean companies required.
  • 02/03/2021: USA:

    New/stricter guidelines when applying for an NIE permit.
  • 01/03/2021: Thailand:

    Legalisations are now only processed strictly according to jurisdiction. This can lead to delays in the processing time. Please contact us in advance if necessary.
  • 01/03/2021: SERVISUM:

    Please note that there is a public holiday in Berlin on March 8th. The Berlin office will be closed on this day, a processing of your requests (phone, mail) is not possible on this day. Our other offices are available for you.
  • 18/02/2021: India:

    Visa issuance under certain conditions possible again. Please go to overview page of India.
  • 09/02/2021: Saudi Arabia:

    Until further notice: Entry ban for persons travelling from Germany and other Countries (see note from MOFA)
  • 22/01/2021: South Korea:

    new visa application form
  • 21/01/2021: Belarus:

    new visa application form
  • 21/01/2021: Kenia:

    more documents required for business e-visa
  • 21/01/2021: Thailand:

    New visa application form in Berlin.
  • 17/12/2020: Russia:

    embassy closed in calendar week 1/2021
  • 09/12/2020: Thailand:

    Embassy in Berlin closed from Dec. 21 until further notice, no more submission of visa documents possible in 2020
  • 07/12/2020: Togo:

    hotel reservation for tourists, letter of invitation for business required from now on
  • 09/11/2020: Thailand:

    Tourist visa possible again.
  • 03/11/2020: China:

    since November 6th double negative test result required on entry
  • 20/10/2020: Philippines:

    new visa application form
  • 08/10/2020: Egypt & Bangladesh:

    new embassy fees
  • 24/09/2020: China:

    People with a valid residence permit for China will be able to travel to China from September 28 without having to apply for a new visa.
  • 17/09/2020: Malaysia:

    request Travel Notice before entry (in context of COVID 19)
  • 04/09/2020: South Korea:

    in HAMBURG personal application required
  • 28/08/2020: Russia:

    Visa fot Formula 1 World Championship possible
  • 13/08/2020: CHINA:

    Easier visa application process for persons with residence permit for China
  • 03/08/2020: CHAD:

    Visa application possible again under certain conditions
  • 02/07/2020: Taiwan:

    reorganisation of responsibility
  • 05/06/2020: Bangladesh:

    visa application possible again
  • 04/05/2020: Russia:

    emergency visa for technicians possible
  • 04/05/2020: China:

    emergency visa possible
  • 09/03/2020: Vietnam:

    15-day visa-free entry for German citizens initially suspended
  • 06/03/2020: India:

    list of travelled countries required
  • 06/03/2020: China:

    in Frankfurt and Munich: flight confirmation required
  • 17/02/2020: Saudi Arabia:

    Changes regarding visa categories in Saudi Arabia's letters of invitation.
  • 03/02/2020: Algeria:

    New visa fee and visa application form available, please use the new form for future applications.
  • 29/11/2019: eVisa:

    From now on you can apply for Saudi Arabia (only for tourists) and Pakistan eVisa through SERVISUM.
  • 20/11/2019: China:

    From 16.12.2019: Personal appearance at the Visa Application Center to provide fingerprints
  • 07/11/2019: Myanmar:

    Tourist Visa on Arrival for German and Swiss citizens since October 2019 (as one-year test phase)
  • 07/11/2019: Russia:

    in Frankfurt: letter of invitation must be in Russian
  • 01/11/2019: China:

    in Hamburg: list of all travelled non-european countries since 2014 required
  • 02/10/2019: Russia:

    eVisa now available for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region.
  • 20/09/2019: Singapore:

    new visa application form (obligatory as of Sept. 25)
  • 05/08/2019: Pakistan:

    Now possible, online application for visa on arrival.
  • 05/08/2019: Russia:

    Since July: eVisa for Kaliningrad region (for a stay up to 8 days)
  • 17/07/2019: Mali:

    new visa application forms and yellow fever vaccination certificate required
  • 01/07/2019: Thailand:

    new visa fees
  • 17/06/2019: Belarus:

    new visa application form (differs at pt. 41)
  • 07/06/2019: SERVISUM Newsletter:

    Register now for the new SERVISUM newsletter.
  • 09/04/2019: Tanzania:

    Only e-visa possible (no more regular visa through embassy).
  • 03/04/2019: China:

    New visa application form from 10.04.2019 (we will inform you as soon as we receive it).
  • 02/04/2019: Saudi Arabia:

    Due to technical reasons no appointments can be booked at VFS TasHeel at the moment.
  • 25/02/2019: Servisum Berlin:

    Due to the new holiday in Berlin on March 8th our Berlin office is closed on this day. Please note this when submitting your application.
  • 10/01/2019: UZBEKISTAN:

    From 15.01.2019: German citizen do not need a visa for a stay up to 30 days.
  • 20/08/2018: India:

    in Frankfurt: registration certificate (not older than 6 months) for all applicants required
  • 30/07/2018: Belarus:

    Extension of the visafree entry regulations from 5 to 30 days. (see visa application forms/entry requirements Belarus)
  • 27/07/2018: China:

    From 1.8. a data protection declaration must be accompanied to all chinese visa applications. You will find a form on the entry regulations page for China.
  • 18/06/2018: India:

    New e-visa fees.
  • 07/06/2018: Indonesia:

    The embassy in Berlin and the consulat in Hamburg are closed from June 11th to June 20th 2018.
  • 26/04/2018: Benin:

    Every applicant has to apply for an e-visa.
  • 24/04/2018: Saudi Arabia:

    Due to technical issues on VFS TasHeel's website, there may be a delay in scheduling an appointment for Saudi Arabia.
  • 18/04/2018: ALGERIEN:

    NEW in Berlin: all applicants must provide proof of their address (e.g. copy of ID card or current registration certificate)
  • 09/04/2018: Mauretania:

    The embassy in Berlin does not issue visa at the moment (visa on arrival).

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