In a move to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV2-variants, the German Government on 30th January 2021 has imposed a general ban on travel and entry from countries with widespread occurrence of such virus variants (referred to as areas of variant of concern). India was designated as a virus variant area with effect from the 26th April.
Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. Entry for such travelers into Germany is not allowed under Art. 14 (1) / Art. 6 (1) lit e of the Schengen Borders Code.
There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban:
• German citizens
• Members of the nuclear family of Germans who travel jointly with them. The nuclear family comprises spouses, legal partners, minor children and parents of minor children
• Citizens of the EU-countries and Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland who have their permanent residence in Germany
• Third country nationals with permanent residence and lawful residence in Germany
• Transit passengers (in international transit only, not within the Schengen Area)
• Repatriating crews
• Medical staff (physicians, nurses and caregivers including persons undergoing measures regarding the recognition of corresponding foreign professional qualifications ) and escort staff needed for air ambulance and organ transplant flights
• Persons traveling on urgent humanitarian reasons
• Persons traveling in official mission for EURATOM safeguards, the International Atomic Energy Organization or the United Nations or UN-organizations.
Please find more details on the Website of the German Federal Foreign Office concerning the following topics:
Travel ban, general entry restrictions, test requirements, digital entry registration, quarantine regulations
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Corona-Virus situation in Germany can be found here.
The German Consulate General can only accept visa applications of persons residing in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu.
As of 1st April 2021 the German Consulate General Mumbai processes a limited number of Schengen visa applications from the VFS VACs in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Kalkutta. (Please note that you still have to apply with the visa applications centres of your place of residence.)
We understand that the current travel restrictions due to the pandemic cause many questions about whether and how travel to Germany is possible.
On this website, you find the latest information on our visa services including guidelines on how to obtain an appointment and how to support our efforts in providing a fast and efficient application procedure for all applicants.
For general information on necessary documents and application forms, please refer to our general visa page.
General overview about the legal situation
On 01 July 2020, the German Government - following the recommendations of the European Council of 30 June 2020 – extended the travel ban introduced in March 2020 for all non-essential travel to Germany from third countries to contain the further spreading of the corona virus. Those restrictions remain in force for the time being for residents of most countries, including residents of India.
The visa section is only authorized to accept your application if your travel purpose meets the current exemptions.
Situation of the visa section
We have been gradually resuming our visa services in close cooperation with our external service provider VFS in recent months. All our measures taken are in strict compliance with the local and German regulations to safeguard the health and well-being of all our customers and staff. Therefore, our capacities remain limited and waiting times may apply. We are monitoring the situation constantly. The visa section is only authorized to accept your application if your travel purpose meets the current exemptions.
Overview of our visa services for national visa (intended stay for more than 90 days) including standard processing times
Overview of our visa services for airport transit and seafarer including standard processing times
Overview of our visa services for Schengen visa (intended stay up to 90 days) including standard processing times
General advice on e-mail inquiries to the visa section
Information for holders of a valid German visa
Information for holders of a German residence permit currently staying in India due to the pandemic
Information on entry and quarantine regulations for Germany: Applies to all travellers (including German and EU citizens)
Phone service of the Visa Section
Please note the temporary change of our phone numbers - Legal and Consular Section including the Visa Section:
+91 9324682139 / +91 9167518144 (Please note that depending on the day only one of these numbers is working, so please try both numbers.)
You may reach us from:
Mon-Thu (7.45 a.m.-12 noon, 12.30 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.)
Friday (7.45 a.m.-2.30 p.m.)
Please note that only general inquiries can be answered. Inquiries concerning on-going applications cannot be answered.
Fees for Schengen and National Visa applications
|Schengen Visa||National Visa|
|Adults||Rs. 7,100||Rs. 6,700|
|Minors 12-17 years||Rs. 7,100||Rs. 3,400|
|Minors 6-12 years||Rs. 3,600||Rs. 3,400|
|Minors - Under 6 years||Rs. 0||Rs. 3,400|
In some cases, the visa fee might be waived.
Passports cannot be collected at the Visa Section.
Applicants with visa-related queries may get in touch with us via the Contact Form.
Handbags and Mobile Phones are strictly prohibited on our premises.
Admission to the Visa and Consular Section:
Visitors to the Visa Section or Consular Section at the German Missions in India are not allowed to carry:
i) any form of electronic device (e.g. mobile phones, cameras, tabs)
ii) dangerous objects (in particular knives or weapons)
iii) bags and luggage, umbrellas
iv) any other dangerous items.
- All visitors may carry ONLY the documents that have been asked for and required by the German Mission.
- Please note that the German Missions are not in a position to keep in deposit the above-mentioned objects that are not allowed inside the premises.
- Safeguarding personal belongings outside the premises is the sole responsibility of each applicant.