Passport required for entry since October 1st, 2021
From now on, travelers will need a passport when entering the UK. Entry with an identity card is no longer possible since October 1st, 2021. Furthermore, despite BREXIT, there is a social insurance agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany, so an A1 is still required for business trips to Great Britain. The so-called EU registration certificate requirement, however, does not apply.
Closing days and longer processing times in the embassy
The Bangladesh embassy is closed today and on Tuesday, October 19th. Due to these closing days and a system change in the embassy, visa issuance is delayed. It can take up to two weeks.
Applications can only be submitted electronically as an e-Visa
The Guinea embassy has announced that physical visas will no longer be issued. Applications must now be made online at www.paf.gov.gn./visa.
Reintroduction of the obligation to provide fingerprints
From 29.09.2021, applicants are again obliged to submit fingerprints. The fingerprints are given to the respective Chinese application center when the application is submitted.
Covid19 Travel Ban NIE-waver
From November 2021, the entry restriction for travelers from Europe for vaccinated people is to be lifted or relaxed. Please note that the USA has not yet given any specific information on dates and other special features. It is also not yet known what the procedures for non-vaccinated or recovered travelers will be and how the NIE certificate will continue.
As soon as there are specific guidelines, we will inform you here.
Visa-free entry possible again
The temporary suspension of visa-free entry in force since April 13, 2020 due to Covid-19 will be lifted for the EU and the Schengen area from September 1, 2021.
This affects the following countries:
- Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Slovakia.
With the lifting of the temporary suspension of visa-free entry, short-term stays (less than 90 days) will again be possible without a visa. However, the electronic travel authorization (K-ETA: Korea Electronic Travel Authorization) must be applied for online at least 24 hours before departure via the K-ETA website (www.k-eta.go.kr) or the K-ETA app.
Evidence of vaccination is now also required in Berlin and Frankfurt
From now on, a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be presented when applying for a visa in Berlin and Frankfurt. This includes either a digital EU vaccination certificate for both vaccinations or the original yellow vaccination certificate and a copy of it. The complete vaccination (second vaccination appointment) must be at least 14 days ago.
E-Visa for Ethiopia available again
E-Visa and extensions of the same can be applied for again with immediate effect.
In Munich and Hamburg proof of vaccination is required from now on
From now on, a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be presented when applying for a visa: either a digital EU vaccination certificate for both vaccinations or the original yellow vaccination certificate and a copy of it. The complete vaccination (second vaccination appointment) must be at least 14 days ago.
The consulate in Frankfurt no longer issues visas
The consulate of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Frankfurt will not issue any visas until further notice.
Please send your application documents to our Berlin branch.