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IMPORTANT NEWS

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.

 

Difference between Schengen visa, national visa, airport transit visa

Schengen visa (short stay)

For citizens of some countries, a Schengen visa (Type C) issued by one of the member countries is required when staying in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days, for more information please click here.

With a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen Area. A Short stay visa allows the traveller, assuming all other conditions are met, to enter the territories of any Schengen country to pay a single continuous visit or multiple visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180 days period.

A short stay (Schengen) visa can be issued for either single entry or multiple entries into the Schengen zone.

  • Single entry visas allow the visa holder to enter and stay in the Schengen area continuously for the length of the visa duration, to a maximum of 90 days (e.g.: from July 1st to September 28th).

  • Multiple entry visas allow several entries and stays in the Schengen Area, of which the total duration cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. The stay can be continuous or divided into several periods within the length of your visa’s validity. A Schengen circulation visa is a special type of multi-entry visa that is generally valid from 1 to 5 years, decided by the Embassy or Consulate General.

National visa (long stay)

If you wish to stay longer than 90 days you will need a national long stay visa (Type D) or a residence permit.

Any stay longer than 90 days falls under national jurisdiction and is not part of the Schengen Agreement.

Airport transit visa

An airport transit visa is required depending upon the country of your citizenship and whether you have residence permits or visas of certain countries. The visa allows travellers to transit the Schengen territory without leaving the transit area of the airport.

Airport transit visas do not apply to Chinese citizens. However, if the transit involves a change of airport, a regular transit visa is required.

If you are of other nationalities and you are going to transit through a German airport, please check on the website of the European Commission if you need an airport transit visa.

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