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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.

 

Transit

The transit visa allows you to stay in Germany or in the Schengen area for a maximum of five days before your departure for your final travel destination outside the Schengen area. This visa gives you the right to leave the international airport zone (example: change of terminals if this is related to the entry into Schengen area or change of airports). Please check your travel itinerary and the circumstances of every airport with your travel agency or airline prior to your departure.

You must provide the flight ticket booking for the complete trip. You need to provide a hotel booking and a detailed travel itinerary only if your stay is longer than 24 hours.

Depending on your citizenship you might still need to apply for an airport transit visa. You can find information on the link of the EU Commission.

Chinese citizens do not need an airport transit visa.

 

Documents which need to be submitted

The following group of persons consider the supplementary and/ or deviating requirements in addition to the basic documents:

 

Basic documents

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. 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 resp. in case of minors signed by at least one parent (3 signatures required: field no. 37 and on the additional declarations)

- Signature to be compliant with the signature in the passport

4. Bank statement of the applicant (Original)

- Salary account or proof of regular income for the previous three months

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

- More information under „Bank statement

5. Round-trip flight ticket reservation (Copy)*

- Round-trip flight ticket reservation

- Applicant’s name, airline, departure and arrival times, departure and arrival airport, booking number

- Print out of the flight ticket booking in German or English language

*In case of further journeys by train or ship please submit relevant ticket reservations

6. Visa or travel document valid for the main destination (Original+Copy)

If a visa is needed for the country of your final destination, you are required to obtain it prior to this application.

7. Travel itinerary (Original + Translation)*

*Not required for stays under 24 hours

8. Proof of accommodation (Copy)*

* Not required for stays under 24 hours

9. Copies of previous Schengen visa

10. Hukou (Copy)

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

11. 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.

12. 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

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

- Only applicable if your application is submitted by a representative

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Employed (employees, entrepreneurs)

14. Employment / Company certificate (Original)

- Important: to be written on official company paper including the current address and contact data (phone number, fax number, homepage, email address) in Chinese and with German or English translation, company stamp

- Signed by the authorized person (no digital signature); the signature must not be faked by another person

- More information in FAQ „Employment certificate/ Company certificate

15. Business licence (Copy)*

- Current license with company stamp

*not required for universities and public institutions

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Freelancers (example: artists)

16. Explanation letter about your professional situation  (Original)

- Instead of the employment certificate

- Detailed description of the freelance activity (if possible with proof) and information about income

- In Chinese with German or English translation

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Unemployed: Financially dependent on the spouse (house wife/ house husband)

17. Proof for the financing of the trip over the spouse

- Employment / Company certificate of the spouse according to no. 14 (Original)

- Bank statement of the spouse according to no. 4 (Original)

- Marriage certificate: notary certificate legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with German or English translation (Original + Copy)

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Unemployed (example: single)

18. Explanation letter about your personal situation  (Original)

- Instead of the employment certificate

- Detailed description of the personal situation and information about funding

- In Chinese with German or English translation

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Students

19. Studies certificate (Original)

Letter from the university instead of the employment certificate

20. Alternative financial means if own financial means are insufficient (according to no. 4):

Birth certificate or family relationship certificate (Original +  Copy)

- notarially legalized and overlegalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with German or English translation

Employment certificate of one parent (Original)

and

Bank statement of one parent (Original)

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Minors (under the age of 18)

Additional information under „Minors

21. Student card (Original + Copy)

22. Studies certificate (Original)

(not necessary if the journey takes place during legal Chinese school holidays)

23. Birth certificate or family relationship proof (Original + copy)

- notarially legalized and overlegalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with German or English translation

24. Parental authority delegation (Original +Copy)

One or both parents are not accompanying the minor:

- notarially legalized and overlegalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with German or English translation

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 ticket reservation with the minor’s and accompanying parent’s name

*refer to FAQ Minors for more information

25. Proof of financing*

Bank statement of one parent (Original)

and

Employment certificate of the parent (Original)

*not necessary if the minor travels with at least one parent or legal guardian and the visa application is submitted as a group application.

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Retired persons

26. Certificate of retirement (Original + copy)

- Instead of the employement certificate

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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.

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