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Travel Purpose and Documents

Follow these steps in order to apply for a Schengen visa. A Schengen visa allows a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days in the Schengen countries. Germany must be your main travel destination.

Select the purpose of your trip to Germany using one of the following categories. Click on the items to download the required documents.

the documents below carefully


Read the list of documents which need to be submitted with your visa application based on your travel purpose/category and prepare the documents carefully. Always choose the correct travel purpose/category.

Please note, that no further documents will be admitted for submission once the application has been transferred to the German mission.
Thus, make sure that you your documents are complete at the time of application.

Please find details on the website article of the German Missions in South Africa here.

Business & Work

You are planning a business trip to Germany?

Business visit (less than 90 days)

You are attending a trade fair in Germany?

Business Trade Fair


You are planning on visiting and touring Germany?

Tourism (less than 90 days)

Family/Friend Visit

You are planning on visiting friends or family?

Visit (less than 90 days)

Family members of non-German EU citizens

You are a family member of an EU citizen (non-German)? Special requirements apply in this case – regardless whether you are travelling for business or tourism purposes.

Family members of non-German EU citizens