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.


Travel health insurance

It is a legal requirement of the Schengen States that applicants must be in possession of Travel Health insurance before a Schengen visa may be issued.

The Travel Health insurance must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The Travel health insurance has to be valid for the whole Schengen area as well as for the entire duration of the stay.

A visa can only be issued for the time frame in which a travel health insurance cover exists; that means that the length of stay and validity of the visa cannot exceed the duration of the insurance policy. In cases where travel dates are not yet determined in the moment of the insurance purchase or the dates might change on short notice, an insurance policy can be taken out for a certain amount of days within a certain defined period of time (Example: The travel health insurance is valid for 30 days after arrival within the time frame from 01.01.2015 until 30.06.2015). Some insurance companies offer such “flexible” policies. The visa sections recommend the purchase of such flexible policies as the visa can be granted for a period of time that is covered by the flexible policy.

Due to the time difference between Germany and China (6 hours during summertime from March 31st to October 27th, 7 hours during wintertime from October 28th to March 30th), it is highly recommended to strictly verify the validity of your insurance with the date of departure from the Schengen area. The validity period of Chinese insurances are based on the Chinese time zone. In those cases, it is recommended to buy insurance with a validity period, which is one day longer than the date of departure from the Schengen area.

  • The insurance (Single or Group policy) can be signed by the traveler in the country of residence, in a third country or by the host in the destination country.
  • Insurers with headquarters outside of the Schengen area should have an office in one of the Schengen states that is able to process insurance claims.
  • The insurance policy needs to cover a repatriation in the case of illness and death as well as any costs for emergency medical assistance and/or treatment in the emergency room of a hospital.
  • The minimum level of coverage must be EUR 30.000.
  • In the case of people who are susceptible to illness or have obvious pre-existing conditions or who are, for example, aware of an existing pregnancy, greater insurance coverage is required.
  • In cases where travel is to be taken for the purpose of medical treatment, the coverage of the treatment cost has to be separately verified.

Original printed evidence of Travel Health insurance must be provided with the application for the Schengen Visa. If necessary, separate proof of payment may be required (for example in the case of online insurance purchases). The visa section will keep a copy of the evidence of insurance in the file.

A self-service insurance desk is available in TLScontact for the applicants who wish to purchase Schengen insurance for their visa application. Insurance products offered by the website meet Schengen insurance requirements. For more information, you are invited to visit the Travel health insurance page. Service provided by third party.