The submission of a travel document by the visa applicant is one of the main and crucial requirements for a Germany visa application. As per every other requirement, there are strict specifications on the criteria a passport should fulfill in order for it to be acceptable for the German embassy in your country of residence.

A passport is among the first documents checked out of your visa application. If you passport is not as required, then the visa consular will not proceed further with the rest of the documents, but will automatically reject your application.

To begin with, the main criteria your passport must fulfill are as follows:

  1. It must have three more months of validity on the day you leave Germany.

It is a rule not only for Germany, but also for the whole Schengen Area, that visa applicants must have three more months of validity beyond their planned trip in order to obtain a visa to any of the member states.

Passport with extended validity will not be accepted.

  1. It must be no older than 10 years, on the day you plan to leave Germany.

Your passport may have a validity longer than 10 years, i.e. 15 years. However, the German authorities will not accept it, if on the day you plan to deport from Germany, you passport is even one day older than 10 years.

  1. It must have at least two blank pages.

This requirement exists because the embassy needs to affix the visa in your passport. If your visa is still valid and is less than 10 years old, the embassy will still not accept it in case it has no blank pages left. Some embassies require these blank pages to be consecutive, but most of them do not. You will have to check with the German embassy in your home country for specific information in this regard.

Passports with additional pages (added later on the document) will not be accepted as well.

  1. Passports that contain illegible data cannot be accepted.

Your passport data must be clear enough to be read and understood by the embassy officials that process your visa application.

  1. Your passport must not be damaged.

The embassies will reject any passport that is torn or burnt, or has torn or burnt pages.  Passports with wet pages, or huge marks, as drinks spills and others will not be accepted as well.

Please pay attention to these rules. If your passport does not comply with them, you will need to obtain a new passport before applying for a visa. The rules apply to nationals of all world countries applying for a visa, adults and children.

Passport’s Data Page Copy Requirement

Alongside with your passport, and the other Germany visa requirements, you will be asked to submit a copy of your passport’s data page. This copy should be in A4 size copy and either in color or black and white.

Older Passport Requirement

If you have older passports with visa stickers or stamps on them, the validity of which expired or without any blank pages left, then you should submit them too, alongside with the other documents.

If you have more than one passport of this kind, please tie them together with a rubber band instead of stapling them with each other. The Schengen member states, including Germany, have a strict policy of not accepting stapled documents.