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14.06.2024 Bangladesh

Closing days Bangladesh 17 - 18 June 2024

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the Embassy Bangladesh will be closed on 17 and 18 June 2024.

13.06.2024 Ghorfa

Closing day Ghorfa 17.06.2024

On the occasion of the feast of sacrifice "Eid Al-Adha" the Ghorfa office will be closed on 17.06.2024.

13.06.2024 Egypt

Closing days Egypt 17 - 21.06.2024

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt will be closed during the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice (17 - 21 June 2024).

12.06.2024 Saudi Arabia

Closing days Saudi Arabia 15 - 19 June 2024

The Tasheer service providers in Berlin and Frankfurt will be closed during the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice (15-19 June). 
Appointment bookings for these days are therefore not possible.

08.05.2024 China

Partly visa-free entry has been extended

For business activities, tourism, family and acquaintance visits as well as transit, entry is possible for certain nationals without a prior visa for a stay up to 15 days between March 14, 2024 and December 31, 2025.

This affects nationals from: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Hungary.

It is expressly pointed out that the visa requirement remains if the purpose of the trip goes beyond those mentioned above, the stay lasts longer than 15 days and if the traveler (except citizens of Malaysia) has an official passport.

29.04.2024 Mexico

Changed entry procedure

Please note the changes to the entry procedure into Mexico, which can be found at the Federal Foreign Office under Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise für Mexiko.

23.04.2024 Algeria

Legalization Algeria

From now on, documents for legalization can only be submitted to the Algerian Consulate in Frankfurt after making a prior online appointment.
This leads to significant delays because appointments can be up to 3 weeks in the future. The actual legalization still takes around 2 weeks.

Please take this into account when planning.

21.02.2024 Malawi

Visa-free entry for 78 nationalities

German citizens, as well as other 78 nationalities worldwide, have been exempt from the visa requirement for Malawi since February 7, 2024.

This applies to both tourist and business travel purposes.

You can find an overview of the affected countries here

24.11.2023 China

Requirements for visa-free entry into China

As already mentioned in our news on November 24th, 2023, for some entry into China is possible without a visa.

Apart from the previously known regulations, no further details regarding local entry have been communicated by officials.
After consultation with the Chinese Immigration Office in Shanghai, we were given the following requirements/recommendations with a view to ensuring unproblematic processing upon entry:


  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Proof of return or onward travel tickets within the 15 day stay


  • For business travelers:
    Invitation letter from the business partner about the purpose and duration of the trip (max. 15 days stay)
  • For tourists:
    Proof of accommodation (e.g. hotel confirmation)

Of course, we will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed of any changes.

24.10.2023 Russian Federation

Russian visa center in Frankfurt will close from November 15, 2023 until further

Due to the current economic and geopolitical situation, the work of the Russian visa center Artionis Germany GmbH in Frankfurt am Main will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
Visa applications will be accepted for processing until November 15, 2023.

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