In order for your Germany visa to be processed, you will have to pay a fee, prior to attending your interview appointment for a visa. The fee payment is a crucial requirement for your visa application.

The cost of your Germany visa fee depends on the type of visa you are applying to get.

Germany Short-Stay Visa Fee

German Visa Type Fee in EUR
Airport Transit visa 60€
Short stay visa  (Adults) 60€
Short stay visa (Children between 6-12 years of age) 35€
Short stay visa (Children younger than 6 years of age) Free
Short stay visa (Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports traveling for official purposes) Free
Short stay visa (Family member of a EU/EEA national) Free
Short stay visa (Pupils, students and teachers during a school trip) Free
Short stay visa (Researchers traveling to perform scientific research) Free
Short stay visa (Nationals from, Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine) 35€
Short stay visa (Nationals from, Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine) 35€

Since May 2008, the fee for all types of German short-stay visas, known also as the Schengen visas, is 60 euro. Nevertheless, in many cases you do not have to pay for a visa or can get a visa at a reduced price, depending on your nationality or status.

Short-Stay Visa Fee Exemptions

If you are applying for a Schengen visa, with Germany as your main destination, you will be exempt from paying the visa fee, if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • Children under six years
  • Spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union and minor single children of German citizens, the parents of minor German citizens and family members of EU/EEA nationals, provided they enjoy freedom of movement.
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less, participating in seminars, conferences or other sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
  • Those traveling for the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document

Short-Stay Reduced Visa Fees

On the other hand, the following categories will have to pay a reduced visa fee of 35 euro, when applying for a Schengen short-stay visa:

  • Children between the ages of 6 and 12
  • Nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Georgia, due to visa facilitation agreements signed with these countries
  • Nationals of Serbia, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania who still require a visa (holders of non-biometric passports)

The German Consulate will also consider waiving or reducing the fees charged in individual cases if the applicant is seeking to enter the country to promote cultural interests, interests in the field of foreign policy, development policy or for humanitarian reasons

Germany Long-Stay Visa Fee

As of September 1, 2017, the fee for all types of German long-stay visas, known also as the National (D) visa, is 75 euro.  However, some specific categories are waived from paying the National Visa fee, whereas some other categories need to pay a lower visa fee, due to bilateral agreements and facilitations for special categories of visa candidates.

Long-Stay Visa Fee Exemptions

If you are applying for a Germany long-term visa, you will be exempt from paying the visa fee, if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • Foreign nationals receiving a scholarship from public funds during their stay in Germany, as well as their spouse or partner and minor children as long as they are covered by the funding.
  • Spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union and minor single children of German citizens, the parents of minor German citizens and family members of EU/EEA nationals, provided they enjoy freedom of movement.
  • Members of the diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organizations in Germany, as well as their spouse and children up to and including the age of 25
  • Nationals of other specific countries or categories where Germany has undertaken to do so in bilateral or multilateral agreements

Long-Stay Reduced Visa Fees

On the other hand, all visa candidates under the age of 18 will have to pay a reduced visa fee of 37.5 euro, when applying for a Germany Long -Stay Visa.

However, if the applicant is seeking to enter the country to promote cultural interests, interests in the field of foreign policy, development policy or for humanitarian reasons the German Consulate will also consider waiving or reducing the fees.

Germany Visa Fee Reimbursement

Please keep in mind that Germany does not reimburse visa fees, in case your visa application is rejected. In addition, if you decide to withdraw your application, you will not receive a reimbursement either. Once you pay the fee, you can no longer go back and withdraw your money, no matter what your reason for wishing to do that is.

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