There are different types of German visa which are:
- Tourism Visa
- Study Visa
- Business Visa
- Transit Visa
- Work Visa
1. Where to apply
All visa applicants travelling to Germany should apply at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abuja issues visas in exceptional cases.
The Visa interview appointments at the Consulate General is booked online. Appointments for every individual intending to travel including minors, are booked separately.
2. Applicants who do not need an appointment
- Persons who travel frequently at least 3 times within the past 24 months
- Applicants for transit visas
- Applicants for urgent medical treatment
- Applicants on official duty ("note verbale holders" only)
- Experts participating in scientific / academic conferences (only if capacity of the visa section allows)
3. Interview Waiver
Individuals who have travelled at least 3 times in the last 24 months to the Schengen States with a Schengen visa or once with a one-year multiple entry visa issued by this Consulate General and who have submitted a previous application at this Consulate General since 14.03.2013 qualify for the Interview Waiver option. These persons should book an appointment, but do not need to submit their applications in person. They are also exempt from the interview.
4. Visa fee
Visa fees are in Euro and are paid in naira according to an exchange rate. The current fee for all visa categories is 60 Euros (about N13.000, depending on the exchange rate).
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the visa fee if applying for a Schengen Visa, the visa fee for minors aged 6-12 is 35 Euros.
The fee for a long-term visa for children under the age of 18 is 30 Euros (about N6500,).
Spouses and minors of German nationals and parents of German minors are exempt from the visa fee for all visa categories. There might be a reduction / exemption from the general visa fee, however, these circumstances are checked by the visa officer during the submission of the application.
5. Return of passport and documents by courier service
A newly introduced Customer Service approach allows acceptance of prepaid courier envelopes which are used to return passports and documents once application has been concluded. To use this option, read the following:
- this applies to the return of the documents, application still has to be made in person at the Consulate General in Lagos
- the courier company is chosen by the applicant
- the envelope MUST be prepaid
- the applicant should notify the company to collect the envelope from the Consulate General in Lagos
- the Consulate General does not take responsibility for the loss or delay in delivering any documents handled by the courier company
- the prepaid return envelope should be included in the documents at the time of application.