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Temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU

19.03.2020 - Article

On 17 March 2020, Heads of State or Government of the Schengen Member States together with their counterparts of the Schengen Associated States have decided to apply a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area.

On 01 July 2020, these travel restrictions were extended for residents of Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles as well as Burundi and Eritrea until further notice.  Travel restrictions can only be lifted if the country of residence is entered into a “positive list”. It is checked on a regular basis if countries can be entered onto this list and the Embassy will publish without delay once there relevant changes.

Exceptions from the entry restrictions apply to:

  • EU citizens and their family members
  • Non-EU citizens and their family members with long-term residence permit for the EU
  • Non-EU citizens with essential functions, such as scientists, diplomats, airline crews
  • Health care professionals such as doctors or nurses
  • Non-EU students where the university requires personal presence for their studies
  • Highly qualified employees whose work is deemed economically essential and which cannot be done from abroad

Or if you have a compelling reason for entry into Germany, please contact us at visainfo@nair.auswaertiges-amt.de with your full name, date of birth, passport number and information and proof on the compelling reason for travel. We will contact you with information on how to proceed further.

If your intended purpose of stay falls under the exemptions from the entry restrictions for long-term stays, please continue down the page to “Long stay more than 90 days”, e. g. to attend university, work or join a family member in Germany.

Please be advised that processing of all visa applications already made has been suspended.


If you have applied for a Schengen visa (short-term business trips, visits or tourist trips) with a travel date within the entry stop, you can either revoke your application and re-apply at a time when travel again will be possible or your application will be decided upon on the basis of the current factual and legal situation.

If you have applied for a national visa (long-term stay in Germany for family reunion, studies, work) processing of your application has been suspended for the time of the entry stop.

Please contact us once the travel ban has been lifted with

For studies: a current Letter of Admission or confirmation of your university of the start date for your studies.

For work visa: a current Work Contract or confirmation of your Germany employer when your start date for work will be.

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