Visa for other countries

Research work and scientific cooperation often make it necessary to travel to other countries. The International Office at DESY can advise you on travel regulations for different countries and assist you with the visa application formalities.


Note: With a residence permit for Germany (Aufenthaltserlaubnis), you need not apply for a visa to travel to another "Schengen state", unless you intend to work there or stay longer than 90 days per half-year.


In the list below, you see an overview of the visa regulations for the most frequently used destinations. Please get the most updated information from the websites linked below for each country before you submit your application.

China

  • application not directly at the Chinese consulate-general in Hamburg, but through the local "visa application center" or the visa service center
  • required documents: passport, invitation with a red stamp, thoroughly filled application form with photograph, foreign nationals: copy of recent registration confirmation (Meldebestätigung, not older than six months), additional application form
  • regular processing time 1 week;
  • for electronic application form please contact I.O.;
  • personal application not required, can be handled through I.O.;
  • weblinks: Chinese embassy in Berlin (in German), Chinese visa application center (in English & German).
 

Russia

  • application not directly at the Russian consulate-general in Hamburg, but through the local "visa application center";
  • online application form needs to be filled and submitted first: http://visa.kdmid.ru.
  • required documents: passport, invitation, electronically filled application form with biometric photograph, proof of health insurance, foreign nationals: copy of Hamburg registration (Meldebestätigung);
  • processing time 10 days;
  • personal application not required, can be handled through I.O.;
  • weblinks: Russian consulate in Hamburg (in German); Visa application center.
  • Please note: citizens of the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Georgia must submit one additional application form.
 

United Kingdom

  • application not directly to British consulate, but to Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Berlin, Düsseldorf, or Munich;
  • personal application required;
  • required documents: passport, printed application form with photograph, invitation;
  • visa application form has to be filled and submitted online;
  • payment of application fee and scheduling of VAC appointment are part of the online application;
  • before attending the appointment, a registration on the VAC's website is required;
  • regular processing time about two weeks;
  • weblinks:UK Visa (government information & application form)
 

United States

  • personal application required at the U.S. consulate in Berlin;
  • required documents: passport, printed application form with photograph, invitation, foreign nationals: copy of Hamburg registration (Meldebestätigung), required in some cases: CV, list of publications, support letter from International Office
  • visa application form has to be filled and submitted online;
  • payment of the application fee and scheduling of personal appointment through a Visa Service Provider;
  • processing time between one week and several weeks;
  • weblinks: United States embassy, Visa Service Provider
 

Japan

  • application at the Japanese consulate-general in Hamburg;
  • personal application required;
  • required documents: passport, invitation, application form with photograph;
  • please enquire - alone or with the assistance of I.O. - at the consulate for necessary documentation;
  • weblink: Japanese consulate in Hamburg (in German and English)
 

India

  • application not directly to the Indian consulate-general in Hamburg, but to the agency Indo-German Consultancy Services Ltd. (IGCS);
  • personal application not required, can be handled through I.O.;
  • required documents: passport, invitation letter, application form, photograph (5cm x 5cm), foreigners: registration confirmation (confirming the address in the last two years if applicable) additional application form
  • visa application form has to be filled and submitted online first;
  • For conference visa the following additional confirmation from India are needed: Political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs and Security(MEA) , Clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) These confirmations will be applied for by the conference organizer after names of participants are known and takes approx. 10 days.
  • weblinks: IGCS, visa application form
 

Other countries

For some more countries, for instance the Republic of Korea, visa applications can be filed in Hamburg. In other cases you will have to contact the country's embassy in Berlin, e.g. Australia, Israel.
For assistance with the application procedure, you are welcome to contact the International Office.