Visa Requirements and How To Apply
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Saudi nationals and the citizens of these countries need a visa to visit Germany
If you want to travel to Germany for short term only (less than 90 days), you will have to apply for a Schengen visa. Those who want to spend more than 90 days, want to work or to live in Germany on a permanent basis need to get a national visa (see below).
Applications should be made as early as possible (within 3 months ahead of departure). Due to the higher number of applications during the annual high seasons (March to July, just before Ramadan or Eid al Adha) longer processing times are possible.
Every visa applicant is required to appear in person for collection of biometric data. The only exemptions being children under 12 years and handicapped persons where collection of fingerprints is not possible.
SCHENGEN VISA (stay of less than 90 days)
To submit your application, please use our Joint Application Center VFS Global in Riyadh, Jeddah or Al Khobar
To speed up the application process you may want to fill in the application online
Once completed, print it and take the printout, including the two dimensional barcode on the last page, with you to the Joint Visa Application Centre. Instructions how to fill in your application you will find in the
You can also print out the application form and complete it manually. Please refer to the download on the right.
Please submit the security questionnaire together with your application.
VFS-Global Centres in Saudi Arabia
In order to improve the services and enhance the customer experience the VFS-Global has unified its call centre helpline number to 920001523.
In case of enquiries can the VFS-Global cetres also be reached via e-mail as shown below:
Location of service provider VFS Global in Riyadh
Dove Plaza (Hyper Panda)
Omm al Hamam Street
Location of service provider VFS Global in Jeddah
Unified Visa Application Center - TasHeel Commercial Center
Ground Floor - Suwaid Bin Sakher Street
Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street (Off Prince Sultan Street)
Al Mohammadiya District 1
Location of service provider VFS Global in Al-Khobar
1st floor, Al Katheery Center
King Faisal Road, Opp SABB
Raka Al Janoubia
Together with your application you should present the following documents:
PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMITTING FALSIFIED AND FAKED DOCUMENTS WILL LEAD TO A REJECTION OF YOUR VISA REQUEST. IN YOUR OWN INTEREST, PLEASE MAKE SURE CORRECT DOCUMENTS ARE BEING SUBMITTED EITHER BY YOURSELF OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT.
If you travel to Germany for medical treatment, please provide the documents listed in this download.
During the processing time no information on the status of you application can be given neither by the Embassy nor the Visa Application Center. It will also not be possible to claim your passport back without the visa.
For further information on Schengen visa, refer to the
A visa applicant is free to request an appointment directly a the Embassy for submitting his application by email to riad%27%diplo%27%de,info.
In case of a medical emergency and urgent need of an immediate ambulance flight to Germany, applications of the patient and the accompanying persons can be submitted during the regular working hours without prior appointment.
NATIONAL VISA (stay of 90 days and above)
Visa applicants who intend to stay over 90 days in Germany are kindly requested to book an appointment for submission of the visa application at the Embassy. Please choose the right category when booking the appointment (either family reunion to recognized Syrian refugees or any other purpose of stay)
Documents to be presented together with the application vary according to the purpose of your stay. Please refer to the pdf downloads on the right hand side for further information.
Please always complete the security questionnaire as well and submit it together with your application.
Please note that the Embassy will have to contact the local Alien office in Germany for every longterm visa. That is why proceeding time can vary and no guarantee on the success of your application can be given by the Embassy.
There have been cases of fraud where persons, claiming to be working for the Federal Foreign Office (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs) offered work contracts in Germany against fees. The Embassy states clearly that neither the Federal Foreign Office nor the Embassy function as brokers for work contracts in Germany. We do not cooperate with any agency that offers appointments at the German Embassy for money such as yesatlas. We do not ask for any fee to be paid in advance for the visa process.
The only official partner of the German Embassy in Riyadh for the visa application process is VFS Global.