How can I apply for a Schengen visa in Thailand for Germany?


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You come from Thailand and would like to swap palm-fringed beaches for the German Wadden Sea for a change? Then you are surely wondering how to apply for the Schengen Visa for Thai people

In this article you will learn everything about the application of the Schengen visa in Thailand and about the different visas for Germany , so that your visit to the Schengen zone works smoothly!

Which Schengen Visa as a Thai should I apply for?

Do you have to apply for a tourist visa for Thai people, a visitor visa or even a work visa for Thai people in Germany? Depending on the purpose of the trip and the length of stay, different Schengen visas are possible for Thais .

  1. For a short stay of up to 90 days in Germany, the Schengen visa (type C) is sufficient. Depending on the purpose of your trip, you can apply for a visitor, business or tourist visa . This allows you to travel not only to Germany, but also to all other countries in the Schengen area within the validity of your visa.
  2. If you are planning to stay longer than 90 days , you will need to apply for the national visa for Thai people (also known as the D visa). The national visa is a long-term visa, which in Germany can also be converted into a long-term residence permit . You should apply for this visa for the following purposes: adoption, taking up work, working as an au pair, reuniting spouses, getting married, reuniting families, studying or looking for a job. Even with the national visa, you can travel to all other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days in a half-year.


Where can I apply for the Schengen Visa for Thai people?

As a Thai you can apply for your visa at the German diplomatic missions in: 

  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Chiang Mai 

In Phuket and Chiang Mai you can submit your visa application directly to the German honorary consuls. In Bangkok, the German embassy outsourced the application process for Schengen visas for Thais to the service provider VFS GLOBAL in August 2019. So if you want to apply for a German tourist visa in Thailand or a visiting or business visa, then contact the service partner VFS GLOBAL directly to arrange a visa appointment in the German embassy in Bangkok. The office is conveniently located on Phayathai Road in Chamchuri Square. National visas for Thais will continue to be processed exclusively through the German diplomatic missions abroad.

Remember: VFS GLOBAL takes on the entire application process for Schengen visas in Thailand – your fingerprints are also taken here. If you have traveled to the Schengen area in the last 59 months and your fingerprints have already been registered, the personal appointment for the application is not necessary and you can conveniently submit your application by post!

How long does it take to process the Schengen Visa in Thailand?

For a Schengen visa application in Thailand , you should expect a processing time of 15 days for short-term visas . In the honorary consuls, however, processing sometimes takes longer! You can apply for your Schengen visa at the earliest six months before your trip to Thailand.

In order to apply for a national visa for Thai people , you should allow a processing time of two to three months . For a national visa, you may have to consult the immigration authorities at your future place of residence, which is why the application process takes more time. Student visas can usually be decided and approved within three weeks.

How much does a visa from Thailand to Germany cost?

For a Schengen visa , the fee is 80 euros . For a national visa is 75 euros to be paid. The fees are to be paid in cash in Thai baht at the honorary consuls in Phuket and Chiang Mai. If your visa application goes through the external service provider VFS GLOBAL, you can also use other payment options. Please note that VFS GLOBAL also charges a service fee of 15 euros, which you pay when you apply at the visa center. In addition to the regular visa fees, an additional 30 euros (around 1,200 baht) are charged in the honorary consulsdue. In addition, a flat fee of 300 baht has to be paid for shipping and copying costs.

How long can a Thai stay in Germany?

For Schengen visas for Thais, as for all other nations, the 90/180 day rule applies in principle. You can stay in Germany and the Schengen region for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days. For the exact calculation of the length of stay , you can do this to the European Commission Stay computer use. Be sure to check your visa label and the number of days of your visa! If the maximum length of stay on the visa sticker is 60 days and the period is, for example, March 1st to May 15th, this means for you that you will only be in Germany and the Schengen zone for a maximum of 60 days within this period allowed to!

What do I have to consider when applying for a Schengen visa in Thailand?

You can get the application forms free of charge at the embassy or you can fill out your application online directly in the Videx form . Please note that only fully completed visa applications can be processed! Since you will probably have to submit additional documents when applying for a national visa for Thai people , you must expect that they will have to be translated into German by a sworn translator .

Important: The German diplomatic missions warn of “hawkers” who offer translation services in front of the embassy. Instead, the embassy created a list of interpreters and translators , which services are recognized by the embassy.

Schengen visa Thailand: make sure you have comprehensive insurance cover!

You will also need sufficient insurance cover for your visa application in the form of a Schengen visa travel health insurance . This is necessary because the destination countries protect themselves against costs that could arise in the course of your trip should a medical emergency arise.

Here, too, the German embassy has drawn up a list of travel insurance services that are accepted by the diplomatic missions of the Schengen countries. 

The best AXA Schengen health insurance come in 3 categories:

  • The basic low-cost insurance : This includes the required minimum protection of 30,000 euros – should a medical emergency arise. As a low-cost variant, this protection is possible from 1.00 euro cents per travel day.
  • The European-wide health insurance: This variant offers you extended protection with a coverage of 100,000 euros. 
  • The annual travel insurance “Multi Trip”: If you are a frequent traveler and you stay in the Schengen zone several times a year, then the annual insurance with insurance coverage of 100,000 euros could be the right thing for you. For one year you pay 298 euros.

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FAQ: Schengen Visa Thailand

Can you enter Germany from Thailand?

If you want to visit Germany and the Schengen Zone, you can apply for the Schengen Visa for Thais in Thailand. If you stay under 90 days, you will need the Schengen visa in Thailand. If you intend to stay for a longer period of time to study, as an au pair, to start work or to get married, etc. then apply for the national visa for Thai people.

How long can a Thai stay in Germany?

If you have applied for a Schengen visa in Thailand, you should always check the length of stay and travel period on your visa sticker. In itself, this is 90 days for the Schengen Visa C.

How much does a visa from Thailand to Germany cost?

The visa fees are 80 euros for the Schengen visa and 75 euros for the national visa. Please note that you have to pay additional fees for the Schengen visa in Thailand both with the external service partner VFS GLOBAL in Bangkok and with the honorary consuls in Phuket and Chiang Mai.

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