Travel and visa restrictions lifted
With immediate effect, the previously applicable travel and visa restrictions for German citizens, holders of a German residence permit and EU citizens residing in Germany will be lifted. For these applicants, it is possible to apply for all visa categories again. Visas for multiple entries will also be issued again.
The suspension of long-term visas is lifted, holders of a long-term visa that is still valid can use it again. Business visas can again be applied for with company invitations; a ministerial invitation is not mandatory.
Business Visum will be happy to support you again with the procurement of ministerial invitations.
Attention: Until further notice, entry into Russia is only allowed with a direct flight from Germany, travel via third countries or by land and sea is not permitted.
Changed entry requirements for the USA
The US State Department issued a new policy on March 2, 2021 regarding the issuance of National Interest Exception (NIE) to travelers, imposing significant restrictions on entry exemptions.
You can find more details about this and our services HERE.
No visa applications in Berlin until March 22nd, 2021
Due to a corona case in the Thai embassy in Berlin, no visas can be applied for until March 22, 2021.
Entry ban for March 2021
The Algerian government has imposed a strict entry ban for March 2021. Visas with a special permit will continue to be issued, but can only be used after the entry ban has expired.
New test requirements from 02.03.21
From March 2nd, 2021, new requirements for COVID19 test verifications by the Chinese diplomatic missions will apply:
- Both tests must have been issued in the same consular district.
- It must be a PR-PCR test. TMA-PCR tests are no longer accepted.
- Confirmations will only be issued for direct flights.
- In addition to the previous documents, a scan of the flight ticket must now also be uploaded in the online process. Non-EU citizens must also provide proof of a German residence permit or a registration certificate.
- Travelers who have been through a COVID19 illness or who tested positive for IgG antibodies must contact the responsible Chinese diplomatic mission at least three weeks before their flights.
More information can be found here.
Registration certificate required for all applications
With immediate effect, the Indian embassy and consulates also require all applicants to submit a registration certificate as proof of residence in the respective federal state. This also applies to German citizens.
Changed quarantine regulation in Korea (South)
Since February 15, 2021, an additional test must be carried out within 5-7 days after entry, if the period for the quarantine exemption exceeds 8 days (the costs are paid by the person concerned). The test must be submitted to the competent authority within 8 days.
If the second test result is not presented, the quarantine exemption is canceled and the person concerned will be immediately isolated.
Entry ban for Indonesia
Until further notice, a general entry ban from all countries for foreign nationals to Indonesia applies. It is not possible to apply for a visa through the consulates. In urgent cases, the company in Indonesia can apply for an e-Visa online from the General Directorate for Immigration (website: imigrasi.go.id).
E-Visa can only be applied for online by the sponsor in Indonesia.
Current entry regulations in China
All persons entering from abroad, regardless of their nationality, are tested for COVID-19 at the first arrival point and are subjected to a quarantine of at least 14 days in central facilities. The province of the inner-Chinese destination can provide different regulations, such as additional quarantine times after the above-mentioned period or the possibility of a home quarantine. Any costs incurred for quarantine, test and other measures must be payed by yourself.
Despite negative PCR and IgM antibody tests and the green QR code, people with a cured COVID-19 disease are immediately placed in hospital quarantine for several weeks and subjected to extensive examinations upon arrival. This can also affect people who still have antibodies due to an undetected disease from COVID-19. The same can apply to people who entered on the same flight as a person who, for B. is then tested positive for COVID-19. Medical measures on the Chinese side are invasive and often include computed tomography recordings in addition to sometimes daily blood samples. The regular central quarantine with further tests can only be started when the treatment centers assume a recovery. If there is renewed suspicion, they are immediately transferred back to hospital isolation.
Temporary entry ban
Entry restrictions have been in effect for 20 countries since February 3, 2021. This also applies to travelers from third countries who have stayed in the countries mentioned 14 days prior to their trip to Saudi Arabia.
This applies to the following countries:
Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, USA, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa.