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

How to reach and submit your application at the Visa Application Centers

To speed up the application process you may want to fill in the application online

Schengen Visa Application formVIDEX

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

General User Guidline to fill-in Schengen visa applications with VIDEX [pdf, 27.27k]

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

Al Khobar


Together with your application you should present the following documents:

Harmonised List of Supporting documents for Schengen visa applications [pdf, 97.92k]


If you travel to Germany for medical treatment, please provide the documents listed in this download.

Schengen Visa - Medical Treatment in Germany [pdf, 99.81k]

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

Schengen and Schengen Ban Regulations [pdf, 419.35k]

IMPORTANT Schengen Information Leaflet for Visa Applicants [pdf, 106.34k]

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)

Book your appointment here

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.


Frequently Asked Questions on Visa

Due to several media reports on Schengen regulations, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)!

Medical treatment in Germany

The Patient Referral Service is a key service provided by the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce (AHK Saudi Arabia). This service is for all patients who wish to travel to Germany for medical treatment, rehabilitation or any other kind of health care.

Residents of Yemen and Iraq

If you live in Yemen or Iraq, you can apply for your visa at the German Embassy in Riyadh

Visa and Consular Service

Contact the Consular Department and Visa Section

The Consular Department and Visa Section of the Embassy can be reached during the indicated telephone times or anytime by email.

Application form for a Schengen Visa

Signing a document, (c)

If you do not wish to fill out your application form online, you can download this form and fill it out manually

Instruction to be signed and submitted with each application


Please submit this instruction, duly signed, together with your visa application (for both Schengen and National Visa). This is not necessary for Diplomatic or Special passport holders.

Required Travel Medical Insurance


Please make sure you have a Travel health insurance to cover the time of your trip to the Schengen area.

Opening a limited-withdrawal bank account


With a limited‑withdrawal bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.

Appointment booking for national visa applications (stays over 90 days only)

Blaues Informationsschild

Visa applicants who intend to stay over 90 days in Germany (long term visa - residency. e.g. students, family re-union, work) have to book an appointment for submission of the visa application at the Embassy.

Application form for a National Visa (stays over 90 days)

Please use this new application form for your long term stay in Germany (over 90 days - National Visa)

Family Reunion to Syrian refugees recognized in Germany

If you wish to apply for family reunion to a Syrian refugee, visit and refer to the information provided below. Please note that there is a special category for you when booking the appointment online.

Customs Regulations

If travelling or moving to Germany customs rules of the European Union apply. In your own interest and to avoid any inconviences upon arrival you are strongly advised to obey the customs rules of the European Union. The German customs authorities have put up an English website so you are able to inform yourself before you travel.