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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.

 

Tourism visit

(Individual or all-inclusive travel, except ADS group travels*)

 

Please submit all documents to prove your tourism travel purpose. Please enclose information about the tour operator/travel agency who is organizing the trip. If you travel with a group, family members or friends, please state this information in the travel program.

Those seeking to visit or exhibit in a trade fair should follow the document list for trade fair in order to prepare their application. 

Do not apply for a tourism visa if you are travelling for business purposes. Applying for the incorrect travel purpose and providing false or falsified documents may lead to the refusal of your application.

You must submit an itinerary and proof of accommodation that is valid and corresponds to your travel plans.

 

* ADS-group travel is subject to a special application process. Please contact your tour operator for more information.

 

Documents which need to be submitted

In addition to the basic documents, please prepare the supplementary documents according to your personal circumstances, as follows:

 

Basic documents

1. Passport (Original + copy of identity page)

- Valid for at least 3 months after the planned departure date from the Schengen area

- Must be signed by the holder (Chinese applicants sign in Chinese characters)

- Must have at least two completely blank visa pages

- No damage

- More information under „Passport

2. 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.

3. 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.

- Signed by the applicant. Application forms for minors should be signed by at least one parent. Signatures are also required in field 37 and on the additional declaration.   

- Signature must match  the signature in the passport

4. Bank statement (Original)

- Salary account or other current accounts with proof of regular income for the last three months

- No excerpts of credit card statements and fixed-term deposits

- More information under „Bank statement

5. Travel itinerary  (Original)

- All-inclusive tour: detailed itinerary issued by the tour operator

- Individual travel: detailed travel itinerary indicating the travel destination, duration of stay and transportation arrangements.

- Important: If you are traveling with other tour members and are not submitting the visa application together as a group, please state the names of the other tour members in your travel itinerary. Please provide the name of the travel agency.

6.  Round-trip flight reservation (Copy)

- Round-trip flight reservation detailing the applicant’s name, airline, departure & arrival times, departure & arrival airport and reservation code.

- Print out in German or English.

7. Proof of accomodation (Copy)

- Must cover the whole period of stay

- Examples: confirmation issued by the tour operator for all-inclusive travel, hotel-vouchers, individual  hotel reservations, holiday apartment rental contract or proof of any other private accommodation

- Applicant’ s name and number of overnight stays must be clearly indicated

- Print out in German or English.

8. Copies of previous Schengen visa

9. Hukou (Copy)* / Chinese residence permit (Copy) **

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

- **Only for foreign nationals in China: copy of current Chinese residence permit

10. Overseas travel health insurance policy (Original + Copy)

- Valid for all Schengen countries (travel destination must be shown as Schengen area)

- Insurance policy in Chinese and English including:

1. Repatriation in case of illness and death (mortal remains)

2. Emergency medical treatment and inpatient treatment

3. Coverage of 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’s ID Card or passport (Original+Copy)

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by a representative

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Employed (employees, entrepreneurs)

13. Employment / Company certificate (Original)

- Written on official company paper, including the company stamp. The letter should also include the current address and contact details (phone number, fax number, homepage, and email address).  The letter should be written in Chinese, with a German or English translation.

- Signed by the authorized person (no digital signature); the signature must not be signed by a third party on behalf of the authorized representative. 

- More information in FAQ „Employment certificate/ Company certificate

14. Company license (Copy)

- Current license with company stamp

*not applicable for universities and public institutions

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Freelancer (e.g. artist)

15. Explanation letter (Original)

Instead of the employment certificate:

- Detailed description of freelance engagements (if possible with substantiated proof) and information about funding for the trip.

- In Chinese, with a German or English translation

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Not-Working (e.g. stay-at-home wife/ stay-at-home husband)

16. Explanation letter (Original)

Instead of the employment certificate:

- Detailed description of personal situation and information about funding for the trip.

- In Chinese, with a German or English translation

17. Alternative proof of funding if personal funds are insufficient (according to no.4)  

Employment / company certificate of the spouse (Original)

- In Chinese, with a German or English translation

and

Bank statement of the spouse (Original, see section 4 for requirements)

and

Marriage certificate (Original + Copy)

- Notary certificate legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a German or English translation

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Student

18. Studies certificate (Original)

- Instead of the employment certificate

- A letter from the university signed by an authorized official (no digital signature)

- In Chinese, with a German or English translation

19. Alternative proof of funding if personal funds are insufficient (according to no. 4):

Birth certificate or certificate of family relation (Original +  Copy)

- Notary certificate legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a German or English translation

and

Employment certificate of one parent (Original, see section 13 for requirements)

and

Bank statement of one parent (Original, see section 4 for requirements)

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Minor (under the age of 18)

For more information please refer to FAQ „Minors

20. Student card (Copy)

21. Studies certificate (Original)*

- A letter from the school signed by an authorized official (no digital signature)

- Must contain permission for absence

- In Chinese, with a German or English translation

*Does not have to be provided if the intended journey takes place during legal Chinese school holidays

22. Birth certificate or certificate of family relation (Original + Copy)

- Notary certificate legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a German or English translation

23. Parental authority delegation (Original +Copy)

One or both parents are not accompanying the minor:

- Notary certificate of permission to travel legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a German or English translation (Original +Copy)

One or both parents are accompanying the minor and have obtained the visa:

- Copy of the passport identity page of the accompanying parent

- Copy of the parent’s valid visas

- Flight reservation showing the minor’s and accompanying parent’s name (Copy)

*For more information please refer to FAQ Minors

24. Proof of financing*

Bank statement of one parent (Original, see section 4 for requirements)

and

Employment certificate of the parent (Original, see section 13 for requirements)

*not necessary if the minor is travelling with at least one parent and the visa applications of the  minor and accompanying parent are submitted as a group

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Retired person

25. Pensioner´s card (Copy)

- Instead of the employment certificate

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The German Embassy and Consulates General in China reserve the right to request additional documents which are not mentioned in the document list. The submission of the required documents does not guarantee that a visa will be issued.

All documents submitted must be genuine and must relate to the travel purpose. Submission of a false document may lead to visa refusal.

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