Our cooperation with the German Embassy and Consulates in China has ended.

Since February 20, 2019 TLScontact is no longer accepting visa applications on behalf of the German missions in China.

Applicants whose applications are still processed by the German missions should contact the German missions regarding their application status.

The website and locations of the new service provider for visa applications are published through the website of the Embassy of Germany.



You would like to hire on a ship lying at a German port and, if applicable, attend a training course before that. The ship will sail in international waters afterwards.

Important: Your documents must contain the name of the ship and the IMO-Number.  


Documents which need to be submitted


1. Passport (Original +  Copy of the identity page)

- Should be valid for at least 3 months after the planned departure date from the Schengen area.

- Must be signed by its owner (Chinese applicants sign in Chinese characters).

- Have at least two completely free pages

- No damages

- More information under „Passport

2. Seaman certificate (Original + Copy of the identity page)

3. Two identity photos (Original)

Two biometric photos with white background, not older than 6 months

More information under „Photo

Have a compliant photograph taken directly at the Visa Application Centre! For more information, please click here.

4. Application form (Original)

- Please complete the following application form in full. Print a copy of all pages, sign it and submit it with your other visa application documents. For more information, read the user guide or the launch assistant directly on the website.

- Signature to be compliant with the signature in the passport

5. Hukou (Copy)

- Only for Chinese nationals: copies of all printed pages without translation

6. Confirmation from the Chinese Seaman-Organization

- Only for Chinese citizens: confirmation from the respective organization (in Chinese with German or English translation) fulfilling following criteria:

  1. On official company paper
  2. Current address, phone and fax number, email address and contact person 
  3. Company seal
  4. Date of issue
  5. Original signature from the authorized person (no digital signature), name and position
  6. Complete applicant’s personal data

7. Employment certificate from the shipping company (Copy)

- Alternatively the examination contract can be provided (Copy)

8. Invitation letter from the German agent  (Original)

- On official company paper incl. current address and contact details (phone and fax number, email address, homepage)

- In German or English language

- Company seal and original signature

- Location of the planned examination / training

- Assumption of costs according to §§66-68 AufenthG.

- Name of the ship and IMO-number are mandatory

9. Copies of previous Schengen visa

10. Travel health insurance policy (Original + Copy)

- Valid for all Schengen countries (travel purpose: Schengen area)

- Policy in Chinese or English

- Costs for repatriation in case of illness and death as well as any costs for emergency medical assistance and/or treatment in the emergency room of a hospital need to be covered by at least 30.000 EUR

- More information under „Travel health insurance

Purchase full insurance coverage for the Schengen area directly at the Visa Application Centre! Just ask the staff in our centre how to purchase one. For more information, please click here.

11. Letter of authorization for visa application/ passport return (Original)

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by a representative

- Download Letter of authorization

- More information in FAQ Application submission by a representative

12. Representative ID Card or passport (Original+Copy)

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by a representative

13. Postal address & Invoice title (Original) 

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by post. 

Please note that the mailing address and the contact information of the recipient must be written in Chinese. Applicants using Adobe Acrobat Pro can directly type the text in Chinese, while other applicants are advised to copy the text from another source and paste it into the relevant field. Thank you for your cooperation.

* Visa application center in Guangzhou will begin to issue E-invoice from May, 1st, 2018. An email address need to be provided if invoice is required.

14. Statement of Consent (Original)

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by post.

15. Courier delivery service discharge (Original)

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by post.


In justified individual cases the German Diplomatic missions in China may ask you to submit additional documents which are not mentioned in the above document lists. The submission of the mentioned documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.

All submitted documents must be formally and content wise accurate and correspond to the actual travel purpose.