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How to book your German visa appointment in Nigeria: A Step by Step guide for you. Let’s get started.
Nigerians love to travel for fun, business, and educational reasons. Germany and other European countries are a destination for many Nigerians because of its substantial technological prowess and relatively immigrant-friendly policy. If you want to travel to Germany or any of the Schengen areas after your international passport, the next crucial document is the visa that would allow you entry into Germany.
German Visa Types
The German visa issued to Nigerian travelers intending to go to Germany can be broadly categorized into two –
- Schengen Visa: this a short term visa of not more than 90 days and grant you access to enter any of the 26 European countries, including Germany, called the Schengen area. It is accessed by Nigerians traveling for tourism, business, private visit, medical, events, etc., and have no intention of staying more than three months in Germany.
- Immigrant / Long Term Visa: this is available to people who intend to spend more than 90 days in Germany either for education, studies, employment, family reunion, retirement, and even permanent relocation.
Below are some of the expected documents required before proceeding for the visa application:
- Completed application form in English or German.
- Two passport size photographs.
- International passport and previous visa, if applicable.
- Travel health insurance.
- A cover letter detailing the reason for your visit to Germany.
- Flight itinerary detailing dates of entry and exit from Germany.\
- Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.)
- Proof of financial situation.
Germany Visa Office
In other to get any of the above visas to visit Germany, you must first book an appointment for an interview at any of the official German missions office in Nigeria. A lot of new intending travelers have continued to ask how to book your German visa appointment in Nigeria? There are officially two offices of the German government in Nigeria – the German embassy in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos.
However, the visa appointment is only entertained at the Consulate in Lagos. However, an exception can be given to applicants based in the nineteen northern states and Abuja on an official and medical emergency trip to have their interview in Abuja.
How To Book your German Visa Appointment
- Visit the official Federal Republic of Germany mission in Nigeria website, or you can go directly to the appointment portal here and select the appropriate visa category.
- Click on a new appointment and fill in your name, valid email, and passport number.
- Select a visa type from the dropdown and submit.
- Fill and attach all other necessary documents, and you will be required to choose a date for your appointment from the available onscreen calendar.
German Visa Appointment
Booking for your German visa appointment in Nigeria is completely free and will only take a few minutes. Here are some points to guide you while booking:
- Each applicant must have a separate booking except for children applying together with their parents or guardians.
- A person can book only one appointment at a particular time. A new booking can only be allocated after one month.
- You are expected to submit the required documents as spelled out above with the visa fee.
- You must be at the Consular Generals office 30 minutes before your appointment; hence you won’t be attended to.
- It is advisable to make your appointment as early as possible as they might be backlog before your travel time. It is possible to apply six months ahead of your planned date of travel.
- If you fail to appear on your appointment date, you might be blocked for booking for another six months. So it is advisable to contact the Consular General by email on email@example.com if your appointment date is no longer feasible.
- Please select the appropriate and correct visa category on the application page as your appointment will be canceled if you choose the wrong type.
While making an appointment is compulsory for all who need to get the visa and travel to Germany. The following set of people can be exempted from booking an appointment for the visa interview: Nigerians traveling through Germany or using a German airport as a stopover location and applicants on official diplomatic duty from the Nigerian government with the necessary paper works from the ministry of foreign affairs.