Embassy Malawi temporarily does not issue visas
The Malawi Embassy does not issue visas until further notice as there are no visa labels. The visa is issued upon entry.
Chinese provider changes application procedure
The providers of the Chinese Embassy have just informed us that significant changes regarding the visa application are expected to come into force there from 02.09.2019. A precise date for this and the design are not yet known.
Visa applications can no longer be submitted on a day-to-day basis. For the submission, appointments must be planned, which are only possible after presentation of your documents in our locations. In addition, the daily quotas are to be limited.
As a result of the changes, we will no longer be able to carry out Sameday visas. A significant delay in processing of 4 days or more is expected.
As soon as we have further information, we will inform you immediately at this point.
Holidays in August
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in August (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 06.08.2019: Singapore (Berlin)
- 08.08.2019: Ghana (Berlin)
- 08.08.2019: Guinea (Berlin)
- 09.08. - 19.08.2019: Pakistan (Frankfurt)
- 12.08.2019: Thailand (Berlin, Frankfurt)
- 12.08.2019: Uzbekistan (Berlin)
- 12.08.2019: Myanmar (Berlin)
- 12.08.2019: Malaysia (Berlin)
- 12.08. + 13.08.2019: Egypt (Berlin)
- 12.08. - 14.08.2019: Egypt (Frankfurt)
- 12.08. - 13.08. + 15.08.2019: Bangladesh (Berlin)
- 12.08. - 14.08.2019: Pakistan (Berlin)
- 12.08. - 14.08.2019: Lebanon (Berlin)
- 12.08. - 16.08.2019: Nigeria (Berlin)
- 12.08. - 16.08.2019: Iraq (Berlin)
- 15.08.2019: Madagascar (Berlin)
- 15.08.2019: India (Berlin, Frankfurt)
- 16.08.2019: Dominican Rep. (Berlin)
Holidays in July
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in July (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 29.07.2019: Thailand (Berlin)
Visa requirements for Berlin
All applicants in Berlin whose passports were issued after January 1, 2015, also need to submit a declaration with a list of the countries he/she has traveled to since 01.01.2014. This applies to any applicant, regardless of gender and age.
Service provider for Nigeria
Since 6th May 2019 the Nigerian embassy in Berlin outsourced accepting of applications for a visa, charging the appropriate fees and returning passport to the external service provider "VFS". Decisions regarding visa applications remain solely at the embassy's discretion. The Application Center charges an additional fee of € 95.00 per passport, collected together with the visa fee.
Fingerprints in Frankfurt
The Indian provider IGCS announces that from now on with all applications the fingerprints of the applicant will be required.
Excluded from this rule are tourist and business visas valid for up to one year.
Applicants must come to IGCS, after Business Visum has submitted the application documents. This should work daily between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. without prior appointment.
The address of IGCS is:
Indo German Consultancy
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Online visa application
The conversion of the PDF visa application to an online procedure by the People's Republic of China on 10.05.19 has considerably complicated the entire application process. Due to the large amount of data requested in the online application - available exclusively in English - the application process is much more time-consuming; You, as our customers, often report a duration of several hours.
As usual, BUSINESS VISUM offers you application support, in which we take over the online process and the payment for you (the actual visa procurement via the consulate remains unchanged in the course anyway). The cost of this support, however, must be adjusted due to the complexity: the price for the application help is from 01.06.2019 at € 39.90 (€ 47.48 incl. VAT). The prices for the surcharges in the case of an express or Today application support can be keept constant at € 14.90 (€ 17,71 incl. VAT) or € 18.90 (€ 22.49 incl.VAT).
Holidays in June
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in June (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 03.06. - 10.06.2019: Indonesia (Berlin, Frankfurt)
- 04.06. + 05.06.2019: Malaysia (Berlin)
- 04.06. - 06.06.2019: Nigeria (Berlin)
- 04.06. - 06.06.2019: Liberia (Berlin)
- 04.06. - 07.06.2019: Pakistan (Frankfurt)
- 05.06. + 06.06.2019: Iran (Berlin)
- 12.06.2019: Nigeria (Berlin)
- 12.06.2019: Syria (Berlin)
China visa application from 10.05. only online
The Chinese government is now - analogous to the Indian and Russian visa applications - in Germany on a mandatory electronic application process. In the phase of the transition, which ends on 09.05., either the old or the new visa application may be submitted.
From 10.05. all visa applications must be processed on the website of the Chinese Visa Application Center, irrespective of the city in which the actual visa is applied for.
The process for the new visa application is significantly more extensive than before; it is a 9-page visa application (in comparison: so far it was 4 pages). In addition, the questions in the application process are only available in English and Chinese. The online process also requires the uploading of a biometric passport photo.
BUSINESS VISUM will gladly assist you in this new process.
Linked to the change in the application process is also the message of the Chinese consulate that until further notice the so-called "same day" processing will be abolished. In addition, even the suspension of express processing is in question, with the result that each Chinese visa would take at least 4 business days. However, this is still under discussion and may be implemented only in some of the cities. We will keep you up to date.
For further information we are available under our respective service numbers at our branches.