Before you start planning your trip to Germany, please keep in mind that over 100 nationalities are required to get a visa in advance. At the same time, if you are among those nationalities, remember that you do not have to obtain a German visa. Instead, you need to acquire a Germany Schengen Visa because Germany is a Schengen Area country. If you are interested in learning more about the Germany Schengen Visa, please take a look at the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As an Ethiopian citizen, do I have to apply for a Schengen Visa to visit Germany?
Yes. As stated by the visa policy of the Schengen Area, the citizens of Ethiopia have to obtain a Germany Schengen Visa before going to Germany.
Is the Germany Schengen Visa available online?
No. The Germany Schengen Visa can only be released by the German embassy or consulate in your country of origin. However, iVisa can help you with the application form. We require you to send us a few documents and some information, and based on that, we will send you a completed application form that you have to submit at the embassy. Plus, we will coordinate your interview and help you prepare for it by giving you a thorough preparation guide
What are the requirements for a Germany Schengen Visa?
You will be pleased to learn that the requirements for a Germany Schengen Visa are nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, all you need are a few documents and some information. They are as follows:
Passport – the validity of the passport has to be of a minimum of 6 months since the arrival date. You should also make sure that there are at least 3 blank pages available for stamping
A passport scan of the information page
A scan of the passport’s last page – if applicable
Accommodation details – a hotel booking confirmation, an Airbnb receipt, or anything else that proves you have a place to stay while in Germany is accepted
Proof of sufficient funds – according to Germany’s visa policy, you are required to have at least €45 per day. You can use cash, credit cards, and cheques. A guarantee letter from a host is accepted too. If you visit other Schengen Area countries, that amount differs
E-mail address – the document you apply for online arrives via e-mail in PDF format.
Means of online payment – you can use credit and debit cards, but you can pay using PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat
Does it take long for my application to be processed?
That is up to you. Regarding the processing speed of your application, iVisa gives you three choices. That way, you are free to choose the one that makes more sense for you. Here is what you can opt for:
Standard processing – your application form is ready within 10 Business Days
Rush processing – it takes 8 Business Days for your document to arrive
Super Rush processing – you only have to wait 6 Business Days for your document to arrive
Is it expensive to get my completed application form online?
The price for our services varies depending on how fast you want your online application to be processed. The prices for all three options are below:
Standard - USD 25.00
Rush - USD 45.00
Super Rush - USD 80.00
Please bear in mind that iVisa does not charge for the Germany Schengen Visa itself. That is a cost you have to cover at the German embassy when you go to submit your application.
What is the validity of a Germany Schengen Visa?
The Germany Schengen Visa remains valid for 180 days after arrival.
How many times can I enter Germany with a Germany Schengen Visa?
The Germany Schengen Visa is a Single Entry visa.
What is the duration of stay of a Germany Schengen Visa?
With a Germany Schengen Visa, you can stay in Germany for not longer than 90 days Per Entry.