Visa support

Germany is a member state of the Schengen agreement.

EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany. Only a valid passport or ID card is required for entry.

Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Non-EU citizens need a valid passport to enter Germany. Information sheets listing the regulations for persons from the respective countries, who want to stay less than 90 days, are available at the respective German embassies.

Non-EU citizens living in one of the Schengen States with a valid residence permit do not need a visa for visits to Germany of up to 90 days in any period of 180 days when not taking up work.

The citizens of the following countries and territories do not need a visa to enter Germany:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste,Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela.

If you are a Non-EU citizen and your country of citizenship is not listed above, you will need to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate in your home country prior to entering Germany. Please take into consideration that processing your visa application can take up to three months. You also need to make sure that you apply for the correct visa. There are different types of visa. Applying for the appropriate visa is essential. Please contact the German mission abroad in your country to apply for a visa or any visa-related question. You can find the list of the German missions by clicking here.

If you need an official invitation letter for your visa application, please send us a request for a letter by e-mail (eacs@uni-leipzig.de) after you have received a notice of the acceptance of your proposal (April 2020). We send these letters only by request. Please be assured that once we have received a request, we will send the letter within a week.

Vaccination recommendations: MMR Vaccine

Currency: The Euro is the sole currency in Germany.
If you plan to enter or leave Germany with 10 000 euros or more in cash (or the equivalent in other currencies) you must declare it to the customs authorities. Failure to do so could result in your cash being retained by the customs authorities, and you may receive a fine.

Custom and Duties: If you enter the EU from a non-EU country, you can bring goods free of VAT and excise duties with you within the limits set out below and if they are not for resale. You may not bring meats, meat products, milk, and dairy products into the European Union. Usually, the only exceptions are powdered baby milk formula in the container it is sold in, and foods for special medical purposes. Violation can result in a heavy fine. Please check with the German customs authority (Zoll) for more information by clicking here.