German visa for Chinese: How to apply for a visa in China?


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Are you wondering whether Chinese people need a visa to travel to Germany? The short answer is: yes, Chinese citizens need a visa for Germany. Read more on the German visa for Chinese here.

Find out below everything you need to know about Germany’s entry requirements for Chinese, the German visa procedure, the visa application and the different Schengen visas for Chinese.

German visa for Chinese

Do the Chinese need a visa for Germany?

China has no visa waiver agreement with Schengen countries such as Germany. Therefore, the Chinese have to apply for a visa for Germany if they want to travel to Germany. If it is only a short stay in Germany, a Schengen visa is sufficient for the Chinese in most cases. 

With a type C Schengen visa, Chinese travelers can travel to all 26 countries in the Schengen area within 90 days. It is important, however, that Germany remains the main travel destination in this case.

If Chinese citizens only want to travel to a third country via Germany, they can apply for a category A transit visa , which allows them to stay in the international transit area of ​​an airport. If you want to reach the third country by land after a flight, you need a C-Visa with the note “Transit” (formerly called B-Visa).

For a long-term stay of a Chinese in Germany, however, a national visa is required. This is also the case when the Chinese want to apply for a work visa for Germany .

Where in China to apply for a visa for Germany?

To be able to apply for a Germany visa as a Chinese, please contact:

  • the German embassy in Beijing
  • the consulate general in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenyang

Or you can use the services of the service partner of the German embassy VFS Global , whose visa centers can be found in the following 15 Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, Wuhan, Jinan, Changsha, Xi’An, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing, Kunming, Fuzhou and Shenzhen.

First make an appointment with one of the above-mentioned German diplomatic missions or with VFS Global. Then put together all the documents you need. You must appear in person to apply for a visa, as the biometric data (fingerprints) required for the Schengen visa can be taken from you on site. 

When you get your passport and visa sticker back, please check directly whether all the information is correct. Travel to Germany while your visa is still valid and do not exceed the permitted number of days!

German visa for Chinese

German visa for Chinese: What documents are required?

In order to apply for a visa for Germany as a Chinese, you first have to fill out the application form. It can be completed online. You also determine which type of Schengen visa you need. 

A tourist visa? Are you visiting friends and relatives? Are you undergoing a medical procedure or would you like to be in Germany on business – are you visiting a trade fair or a company? Depending on the purpose of the trip, you will need to provide different documents.

For all types of Schengen visa for Chinese (up to a maximum of 90 days) you need:

  1. An undamaged passport that is valid for three months after your return and also has enough space (at least two pages) for the visa. If the passport is more than ten years old, you will need to apply for a new one.
  2. valid in the Schengen area travel health insurance , which guarantees a minimum coverage of € 30,000.
  3. Two current biometric passport photos (35mm x45mm) against a light background on which you are not wearing any headgear.
  4. Proof of financial means : bank statements from the last three months, which prove that you can afford the stay. If you do not have enough financial resources of your own, a third person resident in Germany can issue a declaration of commitment for you.

Additional documents for a Chinese tourist visa

If you are Chinese and want to apply for a tourist visa, you will need to provide details of your trip. If you are traveling with a tour company, you will need the travel agency’s itinerary with flight details and hotel bookings.

Additional documents for a business visa for Chinese

To do this, the Chinese need an official letter from their company on which the address is visible. The letter can be in German or English. If it is in another language, a translation into German or English must be submitted. The letter must be signed by the responsible supervisor – digital signatures are invalid. It must be clear when and where you are traveling for the company, be it for a trade fair or to visit a company. 

In addition, it should be recorded who bears the costs for the trip, either the company, the inviting German company or the applicant. In the case of self-financing, the bank statements for the past three months must be presented.

German visa for Chinese

Additional documents for a visitor visa for Chinese

If Chinese are traveling at the invitation of friends or relatives living in Germany, they must submit a so-called declaration of commitment, stating that they will accommodate the applicant and, if necessary, pay for the costs of the visit. 

If you do not pay for the costs, you only need to enclose a copy of the passport with the inviting person’s personal details. If the inviting party finances the visit, he or she must also submit bank statements for the past three months.

Note for invitations: Please do not send any documents to the visa section without being asked, but always send the documents directly to the invited person, who must then bring them to the visa appointment.

Additional documents for a hospital stay in Germany

You have to submit a detailed letter from your treating doctor and the German hospital. This official letter must specify the duration of the medical treatment, its cost and the location. In addition, it must be proven that all costs can be paid.

What do the Chinese need for a work visa in Germany?

If you as a Chinese intend to work in Germany, to do an apprenticeship or a paid internship, you have to apply for a national visa (D-Visa) , which entitles you to take up work and at the same time for a longer period of 90 days in Germany. 

For a national visa, you may need to provide additional documents. In addition, you have to expect a longer processing time of several months. In some cases, if the certificate of a secure job in Germany is already available, your visa application can be processed more quickly.

How much does a Germany visa cost for Chinese?

If you are Chinese and apply for a visa for Germany up to 90 days stay (C-Visa):

  • Adults and children from 12 years: 80 euros
  • Children from 6 to 12 years: 40 euros
  • Children under 6 years: free of charge

If you are Chinese and apply for a visa for Germany for a stay of more than 90 days or for a work visa:

  • Adults over 18 years: 75 euros
  • Minors: 37.50 euros

How quickly do the Chinese get a German visa?

If all documents are properly submitted, the Schengen visa for a short stay in Germany can be approved within 14 days. However, if the Germany visa is applied for at a location in China where there is no German representation, there may be delays because the documents have to be sent by post to the responsible representation. 

Chinese can apply for a German visa 6 months before they travel to Germany.

FAQ: Visa Germany for Chinese

Do you need an invitation for a visa if the Chinese want to come to Germany?

An invitation is necessary if the Chinese are invited to Germany by a private person or a company.

Can a Germany visa for Chinese be extended?

A C-Visa for a short stay cannot be extended in principle. If the Chinese want to stay longer in Germany, they must apply for a national D visa, which can be extended in Germany or converted into a residence permit.

How do the Chinese apply for a work visa for Germany?

In order to be allowed to work in Germany, the Chinese have to apply for a national visa (D visa) in the form of a work visa. The Schengen visa (C visa) does not allow you to take up work.

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