480 Punt Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
of the Federal Republic of Germany
Tel.: +61-3-9864 6888
Fax: +61-3-9820 2414
Tourist Visa (Schengen)
If you are planning a trip to Germany or any of the other Schengen States you will have to obtain a tourist visa
(Schengen) from the diplomatic or consular mission of the country of your main travel destination (the country
where you will spend most of your time). The German Consulate General in Melbourne can issue a tourist
visa to you if you reside in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia or Western Australia and your main travel
destination is Germany.
A tourist visa may allow you to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a period of 6 months,
however citizens of Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, United States of America and a
number of other countries (please check our website for entire list) can spend their holidays in many parts of
Europe without even having to apply for a visa.
Applications for tourist visas must generally be lodged in person with the German Consulate General unless
Which documents must I submit with my visa application?
Please apply in person and bring original documents plus two copies of the following:
- This Info Sheet
- 2 fully completed visa application forms
- 2 recent passport photographs (35 x 45 mm) with one of them firmly attached to the application form
- Your passport (valid at least three months longer than your intended stay)
- Valid re-entry permit to Australia. If you hold an Australian spouse visa (Provisional Resident P620,
Subclass 309 or 820) you must contact the Department of Immigration at 131881 and request a status
- The visa fee (see below)
- A copy of your airline ticket or confirmed itinerary
- An invitation letter from your friends or relatives in Germany or a hotel- / tour reservation
- Confirmation of current employment (job letter) or enrolment in University
- Proof of sufficient funds (bank statement covering the past 3 months, pay slip, etc.)
or a formal obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung”) from a sponsor. Forms are available at the local
aliens’ authority (“Ausländerbehörde”) in Germany
- Worldwide travel insurance including medical evacuation and valid throughout your entire stay
- If you are a minor: parental consent, witnessed by a Notary Public or declared in this Consulate
General and your legalized birth certificate
- A self-addressed Express Post Envelope or a Prepaid Courier Satchel for the return of your passport.
What else do I need to know?
- Depending on your nationality, processing times for tourist visas may vary between 3 to 14 working
days, not including postal delivery and provided that no further documents or information must be
requested. These figures may however vary from case to case and we assume no responsibility for
applications handed in too close to your scheduled departure.
- There is also no guarantee that a visa will be issued and we wish to point out that in the course of the
application procedure additional information and / or documents may have to be requested.
- Upon your arrival the immigration authorities may examine whether the prerequisites for your entry
continue to apply. This examination is international practice and you may be refused entry although
you are in possession of a valid visa.
- In order to facilitate entry formalities and avoid unnecessary delays we therefore strongly recommend
that you carry with you the original invitation letter, the formal obligation (whichever applicable) as well
as proof of sufficient funds and travel insurance.
Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance
with your application.
How much does a tourist visa cost?
The fee for a tourist visa is € 60.00 which is to be paid in AUD and may vary according to the exchange
rate. Some nationalities are entitled to a reduction and will actually pay € 35.00 while children under 6
years of age receive their visas free of charge. Please contact the passport and visa section for the exact
amount. You can pay by cash or money order (payable to „The German Consulate General“), as we do
not have credit card facilities on the premises.
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 09.00 to 12.00 noon. Please do not come after 11.30
All statements mentioned in this InfoSheet are based on knowledge and experiences of the Consulate General at
the time it was written. As far as correctness and completeness are concerned this information is supplied without