Visa Issues COVID-19


Please read the information from the German Embassy in Moscow in connection with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The information compiled here for entry into the Schengen area is given to the best of our knowledge and belief, but is not binding and does not claim to be correct and complete

As of: 09.06.2021


Visa issuance at the Embassy and Consulates General is limited to further orders. Additional information, including on changes in the visa application procedure, can be found on the website.

For information on entry restrictions in the Schengen area, please see the information provided by the BMI.

Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

Currently, visas can only be issued in the following exceptional cases:

  • medical and scientific medical personnel, representatives of professions related to the care of the elderly;

  • seasonal workers in agriculture;

  • workers in the field of goods transportation and transport;

  • seafarers for the purpose of travel to the port of departure or to the airport for return to a third country;

  • private travel on a temporary basis in the following cases:
    • Visiting trips by third-country nationals of the so-called "core family" (i.e. spouses, registered partners, minor children and parents of minor children) of Germans, EU citizens, citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland or of third-country nationals with an existing right of residence in Germany, together with the “core family” or alone. In cases in which the spouse or registered partner is German, EU citizen or national of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, visiting trips are possible regardless of whether they are permanently residing in Germany or abroad.
    • only if there is an urgent family reason, such as birth, wedding, death / funeral and other special exceptional cases that are an urgent family reason (for example, a serious illness of a 1st degree or 2nd degree relative who, for this reason, is in need of urgent support, or circumstances that prevent the exercise of the right of custody of a minor child on the part of all persons who have such a right) at the same time, it is necessary that the dates of the trip are correlated with its reason: visiting relatives of the 1st and 2nd degree of kinship, not related to the "core family" (i.e. adult children, parents of adult children, brothers / sisters, grandfathers / grandmothers) citizens of Germany, EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, or citizens of third countries with the right to reside in Germany.
    • For the entry of unmarried partners in order to visit a partner residing in Germany. The inviting partner must be a German, another EU citizen, a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland or a third-country national with long-term right of residence in Germany..
  1. A prerequisite is the long-term nature of the family-type relationship, while previously both partners had to meet in person at least once (and the meeting did not have to take place in Germany).
  2. Suitable documents are to be carried as proof:

Written invitation from the person residing in Germany (including a copy of the identity papers), a declaration by both partners on the relationship (for visits) as well as evidence of previous personal meetings (in particular on the basis of passport stamps or travel documents / flight tickets or evidence of a joint residence abroad (e.g. Registration certificates)). In addition, documentation through photos, social media, letters or e-mail correspondence is possible.

  • For compelling reasons:

Joint visits by unmarried couples from abroad (e.g. wedding, illness or funeral of close relatives). One of the partners must be a German, another EU citizen or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

  1. The prerequisite is that the relationship / partnership is long-term, i.e. is long-term and has a common place of residence abroad.
  2. Suitable documents are to be carried as proof:

A written statement from both partners about the existence of a relationship and a good reason for traveling (for the purpose of a joint trip) and confirmation that the partners are in a relationship (in particular, confirmation of joint residence abroad (for example, a certificate of registration)). Additionally, you can provide documentary evidence in the form of photographs, materials from social networks, letters or e-mails.

  • diplomats, employees of international organizations, military personnel, personnel of humanitarian missions on duty;

  • transit passengers, that is, passing through


All third-country nationals must enter directly into the territory of the country of destination.

However, the entry of third-country nationals into Germany (in transit) to travel to another EU state or the Schengen state (which is the country of destination) is permissible under the following conditions:


a) stay in Germany (in transit) is limited to the period necessary for direct travel to the state of destination (or to another state through whose territory the transit takes place);
b) entry into the territory of the state of destination (or into another state through the territory of which transit takes place) is allowed for a citizen of a third country (in accordance with Appendix I or II to the EU Council Recommendation of June 30, 2020 or an individual confirmation of the granting of the right of entry issued by the state of destination ).
If these conditions are met, entry by air and further travel to the state of destination by land transport is also allowed.
The presence of the above conditions must be convincingly confirmed by a third country national upon entry. To confirm a), you can present, in particular, tickets for ground transport, air tickets, etc. To confirm b) an up-to-date printout of the national regulations of the destination state on the implementation of Annex I to the EU Council Recommendation can be submitted, from which it follows that in the destination state, the purpose of travel is not required from those residing in the territory of certain states. Otherwise, it is necessary to convincingly confirm the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II to the EU Council Recommendation; in doing so, German border officials only check compliance with the entry regulations applicable to Germany. Alternatively, you can submit a certificate from the competent authorities of the state of destination confirming the release from the restrictions on entry, or prior consent to enter;

  • Traveling in transit to a third country of destination
    Entry of citizens of a third country to Germany (in transit) for travel to a third country is permissible under the following conditions:
    and. Stay in Germany (in transit) is limited to the time required for direct transit to the country of destination (or to another transit country).
    b. The third country national has a permit to enter the territory of the country of destination (or another transit country).
    Compliance with the above conditions a. and b. third country nationals must provide a convincing justification upon entry. To justify a. may be presented, in particular, tickets for ground transport, air tickets, etc. To justify b. may be presented, for example, a permit to enter the territory of the country of destination (for example, a visa) or an identity document, or a permit to stay in the territory of the country of destination.

  • persons who require international protection or who have other humanitarian reasons, including urgent medical reasons. The form for confirmation of urgent medical reasons for entry is here.
    • in the presence of urgent medical reasons, if the treatment can only be carried out in Germany (cannot be carried out at home) or the treatment was started in Germany and the absence of treatment may entail a risk to life or the risk of serious irreparable damage to health;

  • applications for family reunification. If a person belongs to one of the listed categories, for which an exception has been made, and his entry for a long stay is thus possible, then it is also possible to enter simultaneously with his family members (for example, the simultaneous entry of a spouse and a minor child specialist);

  • statements by returnees and former German citizens (§§ 37 and 38 AufenthG)

  • Statements of specialists and highly qualified workers of the following categories:
    • professionals who have been offered a specific job in accordance with the definition of the Residence Act in Germany (paragraph 3 §§ 18, 18a, 18b AufenthG), as evidenced by the application for employment
    • scientists and research personnel as well as language teachers (§§18d, 18e and 18f AufenthG and § 19c § 1 AufenthG in conjunction with § 5 BeschV or § 1 § 11 BeschV), scientists planning to undertake research activities in one of the recognized research institutions do not need proof of economic necessity. If the research is carried out in a commercial enterprise, the economic necessity must be confirmed.
    • posted workers in accordance with the Employment Ordinance (paragraph 1 §19c in conjunction with §10 BeschV) and ICT card holders - (§§ 19, 19b AufenthG)
    • executives
    • managers and company specialists (clause § 19c in conjunction with § 3 BeschV)
    • professional athletes and professional esportsmen to participate in competitions, international sporting events or to work in German sports associations (paragraph 1 § 19c AufenthG in conjunction with paragraph 1 § 22, paragraph 4 § 22, paragraph 5 § 22 or paragraph 5 2 § 23 BeschV) and accompanying staff, as well as referees / referees and sports officials and other athletes and their accompanying personnel on special grounds in individual cases
    • work contracts for the execution of an order from the manufacturer's material / specialists for installation / connection of equipment (clause § 19 BeschV, stay up to 90 days within 12 months)
    • IT professionals (Section 2 §19c AufenthG in conjunction with § 6 BeschV)
    • employees whose activities are of special state (public) interest (paragraph 3 §19c AufenthG)
    • Qualified contract workers (Section 19c Paragraph 1 in conjunction with Section 29 Paragraph 1 Employment Ordinance), only Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey
    • specialists (§ 19 BeschV)
    • business trips, if they meet the necessary conditions of § 16 § 2 BeschV
    • individual entrepreneurs (§21 AufenthG)
    • participants of trade fairs
    • conference participants

The prerequisite for entering the country as a skilled worker or a highly qualified employee is proof of mandatory presence in Germany (e.g. by submitting an employment contract) and evidence that employment is necessary from an economic point of view and that work cannot be postponed or performed from abroad (by Submission of a certificate from the employer / client). Relevant supporting documents should be submitted when applying for a visa (if a visa regime is in effect), have with you during the trip and, if necessary, present when passing border control.

A condition for the entry of an individual entrepreneur or hired employee is sufficient confirmation of the need to travel, taking into account the pandemic situation. Confirmation requires a handwritten statement from a business partner or employer in Germany about the need for an urgent business trip. A statement from a business partner or employer from the country of departure (third country) alone is not sufficient reason.

In order to substantiate the absolute necessity of business travelers visiting trade fairs, the following documents are required: In the case of trade fair exhibitors, confirmation from the trade fair organizer of participation; for trade fair visitors, the admission ticket to the trade fair as well as confirmation of at least one trade fair exhibitor that an appointment has been made for a business meeting on site at the trade fair.

To confirm the need for the entry of speakers or conference participants, the following documents are required: confirmation that personal participation is required, including during a pandemic, and its adequate replacement with an online format is not possible, as well as registration or other confirmation of the planned presence of a third-country national at a conference with the organizer of the event.


Religious dignitaries who are required for religious activity / holding religious events are also included in the exception categories. No proof of economic necessity is required. However, a certificate of the necessary entry must be issued by the municipality. Short-term entries are only possible in exceptional cases with special justification.;

  • students whose studies (at least one semester) cannot be fully carried out from abroad. This exception applies to anyone who has (i) conditional or unconditional admission to classes, including with prior completion of a language course or practice, or (ii) intends to come to take a language course or practice to prepare for study, but does not have admission to classes. However, this does not apply to persons intending to apply for admission to study, unless the deadline for the admission exam has already been set. An exception is also a visit to a pre-university training institution. At the same time, admission to study at the university is not required, only confirmation of admission to the institution of pre-university training is required. The relevant documents must also be presented when going through border control.

  • persons undergoing qualified professional training. This must be training in a specialty that has an official state certification or a comparable status, for which a training period of at least two years is set (a language course preceding professional training is also possible). A prerequisite is the confirmation of the institution or person providing training that the presence of the trainee is required despite the existing situation in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).

  • participants in qualification events in order to recognize the professional training they have completed abroad. Here, it is also necessary to provide confirmation of the institution or person conducting vocational training that the presence of the trainee is required despite the existing situation in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).

  • pupils who have been attending school for at least 6 months (possibly with a preliminary language course, if the enrollment in the school is already confirmed by the beginning of the language course). Here, it is also necessary to provide confirmation of the institution or person in charge of the educational process that the presence of the student is required, despite the existing situation in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).
  • Entry by school exchange is also possible if the period of stay is at least six months.
  • entry for professional development and internship is possible for a period of stay of at least six months. The organizer of continuing education events must confirm that the presence of the trainee is required despite the current situation with the coronavirus (in person, not just online training).
  • An internship for doctors is possible if the internship implies the prospect of employment in the relevant medical institution.
  • Au-pair and volunteers, and the minimum stay must be at least six months.
  • entry to take language courses if the planned stay is at least six months. The organizer of these courses must confirm that the presence of the trainee is required despite the current situation with the coronavirus (in person, not just online training).

Frequently asked questions to the German Federal Ministry of the Interior about travel restrictions / border controls.


If you have any questions about a specific situation in connection with border control and entry into Germany, please contact the local police (0800 6 888 000). The call to this number is free, the incoming call is automatically forwarded to the telephone of the regional body of internal affairs.

If you want to apply for a visa, then the following rules currently apply:


The issuance of visas at the Embassy and Consulates General is temporarily restricted. Submission of applications to authorized VisaMetric Visa Application Centers is temporarily impossible.


For applicants whose usual place of residence is on the territory of the consular district of the German Embassy in Moscow: please find out objectively whether you belong to one of the exclusive categories, and then agree with VisaMetric about the time of application for submission of documents. The final decision on the legality of your application remains with the Embassy.
For questions regarding exceptional cases, you can contact the Visa Section of the Embassy by e-mail doku@mosk.diplo.de

In relation to these exceptional cases, when applying for national visas, the following should also be borne in mind:
The application time for applicants from the consular district of the German Embassy in Moscow is set exclusively through the RK-Termin. Be sure to pay attention to the information contained therein about the groups of persons entitled to write. If the free time for recording is not displayed, then the possibilities have been exhausted. New deadlines are released daily for registering for submission of documents. An appointment to submit documents in several different categories, as well as an appointment to submit documents in a category that does not correspond to the purpose of the trip, entails the cancellation of the appointment or refusal of admission.

In addition, the following provision applies to applicants who have permanent residence in the consular district of the German Embassy in Moscow: Students who have unlimited admission to study at a German university or one of the German postgraduate programs, as well as students previously enrolled in one of the German universities or one of the German postgraduate programs can submit their application through the Visa Application Center in Moscow. By agreement with the Central Administration of Schools Abroad, through the Visa Application Center in Moscow, you can also apply for a national visa for the purpose of internship within the framework of international exchange programs or while studying at a university after 4 semesters in a specialty.

Regarding the booking of appointment for submission of documents to one of the Consulates General, please contact the relevant competent Consulate General directly.

Regarding the return of passports, keep in mind:

From 17.06.2020, it is again possible to collect a passport (Schengen and national visas) through the Visa Service Center in Moscow.

You will be informed about the issuance of a national visa, the application for which you submitted to the German Embassy in Moscow, by e-mail upon completion of the visa procedure. Please refrain from applying for passport visa issues if you have not received a corresponding call from the Visa Section.

If you do not belong to the categories of persons for whom the exceptions apply, but intend to travel again in the future after the removal of entry restrictions:

Starting from 01.06.21, German foreign missions in Russia offer applicants who are not currently eligible for exemptions the opportunity to apply for Schengen visas. The issuance of these visas does not imply the possibility of immediate entry into Germany, taking into account the still valid entry restrictions. As before, entry is allowed only to those persons who belong to one of the categories for which the exceptions apply, and can document this.
It is assumed that this opportunity will allow you to have a valid visa on hand at the time of the removal of a number of restrictions or their complete cancellation, with which you can then travel. Please note that the application can only be submitted under the following conditions and is carried out only if all the conditions are met:
This requires the following:
• your previous visa was valid for at least 2 years,
• that this previous visa has been issued by one of the German missions abroad,
• that this visa expires after 10.03.20 (in such a way that during the pandemic you could not apply for a new visa),
• so that the purpose of the trip is not tourism,
• present a medical insurance policy for those traveling abroad, covering at least the duration of the first planned trip,
• sign an additional Confirmation of Familiarization (see here and on the VisaMetric website),
• and also submit all other documents usually required for obtaining a visa (see the section "List of required documents").

Please understand that this is an additional service and that only a limited number of applications can be processed. Applications are submitted through VisaMetric.

1) Is my visa valid for another travel period?

The visa is only valid for the period for which the visa was issued.

2) I am not an exemption at the moment, but would like to travel again in the future after the entry restrictions have been lifted. Can I apply for a new visa now?

Starting from 01.06.21, German foreign missions in Russia offer applicants who are not currently eligible for exemptions the opportunity to apply for Schengen visas. The issuance of these visas does not imply the possibility of immediate entry into Germany, taking into account the still valid entry restrictions. As before, entry is allowed only to those persons who belong to one of the categories for which the exceptions apply, and can document this.
It is assumed that this opportunity will allow you to have a valid visa on hand at the time of the removal of a number of restrictions or their complete cancellation, with which you can then travel. Please note that the application can only be submitted under the following conditions and is carried out only if all the conditions are met:
This requires the following:
• your previous visa was valid for at least 2 years,
• that this previous visa has been issued by one of the German missions abroad,
• that this visa expires after 10.03.20 (in such a way that during the pandemic you could not apply for a new visa),
• so that the purpose of the trip is not tourism,
• present a medical insurance policy for those traveling abroad, covering at least the duration of the first planned trip,
• sign an additional Confirmation of Familiarization (see here and on the VisaMetric website),
• and also submit all other documents usually required for obtaining a visa (see the section "List of required documents").

Please understand that this is an additional service and that only a limited number of applications can be processed. Applications are submitted through VisaMetric.

3) I had to cancel my trip; I will not use the obtained visa. Will my consular fee be refunded?

No, unfortunately there is no refund of consular fees for an unused visa.

4) I received a visa to attend the conference, which was later canceled. Can I use a visa for a trip for a different purpose of visiting (for example, tourist)?

All visas can be used exclusively for the purpose of the trip, which was indicated during registration. Control and assessment of the legality of entry is carried out by the relevant border authorities. In this case, it may be necessary to provide information about the purpose of the trip, as well as to have the appropriate documentary evidence with you - especially in cases where the purpose of stay has been changed.

If the original purpose of the trip cannot be confirmed or has changed, then entry may be refused.

5) I have a Schengen visa, which I obtained from one of the German missions abroad. However, at the moment I would like to travel to another Schengen state.

Entry to and stay in another Schengen state is possible if the use of a visa is legal. In accordance with the current regulations, Germany must be the country in which you plan to spend most of your time, or through which you will enter the Schengen area. Control and assessment of the legality of entry is carried out by the relevant border authorities at entry. Border authorities are aware of the current situation regarding restrictions on freedom of movement in the Schengen area, as well as possible changes in this connection in individual routes and travel schedules.

6) I'm going to visit Germany. What should I consider when entering? What rules apply to me upon entry?

Get the relevant information at the representative office of your country at the place of your stay in the Federal Republic of Germany (at the Embassy / Consulate General of the Russian Federation) or, for example, on the websites of the Institute. Robert Koch (www.rki.de), the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Integrated Development of the country (www.bmi.bund.de) and the Federal Foreign Office (www.auswaertiges-amt.de). Observe the directions and guidelines in force in the arrival areas of airports, train stations and other border control points.

Pay attention to the information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Integrated Development of the country on restrictions on entry into the Schengen area.
Also take into account the leaflet of the German Federal Ministry of Health with additional important rules for those entering Germany.

7) My visa was issued by another Schengen state. I have questions about its use. Who can advise me on them?

See answers to questions 1 - 6. The use of a Schengen visa is possible in all states of the Schengen agreement, if the rules of proper use are observed. For specific questions regarding issued visas, please contact the consulate that issued your visa.

8) I cannot use my visa due to the current travel restrictions. Do I need to inform the Visa Section about this?

No, you do not need to provide this information to the Visa Section. Please refer to questions 1, 2 and 3.


9) Will I have any difficulties in obtaining a visa in the future if I cannot use the visa issued to me?

No, information about the current situation regarding restrictions on freedom of movement in the Schengen area, as well as about possible changes in certain routes and travel schedules in connection with this, is known and will be accordingly taken into account in the future when considering visa applications.

10) Restrictions are planned or have already been introduced in my country of residence for persons returning from Schengen countries / Germany. Is it advisable now, despite this, to apply for a visa?

The decision is made solely by you, the applicant. You should note that as long as the duration, scope, or specific implementation of the constraints remains inconsistent and unpredictable, it may not make sense to apply. It should be borne in mind that in some cases a visa may be refused (and the paid fee is not refundable), since when making a decision, it is necessary to take into account the possibility of returning to the state of permanent residence.

11) I already have a Schengen visa. What should I do if, during my stay in the Schengen countries, the state of my permanent residence imposes restrictions on persons returning from the Schengen countries / from Germany and the visa expires?

You must leave the Schengen area no later than the last day of the visa validity, and when planning a trip, you should take care of this in advance, following the development of the situation in your country of permanent residence, or return earlier than planned. If in a particular case it is not possible to leave the Schengen area on time, then you should promptly contact the authorities in charge of your stay in the territory of the respective state. In Germany, this is the responsibility of the relevant Office for Foreigners at the place of residence. This department, among other things, assesses whether the necessary conditions for visa renewal are met (for example, the existence of a sufficient validity of the passport, sufficient financial resources, medical insurance abroad, etc.) and makes an appropriate decision.

12) How can I currently apply for a visa at the German Embassy in Moscow?

The Visa Section maintains a record for national visa applications. The recording can be done exclusively via the RK-Termin network application. Be sure to pay attention to the information contained therein about the groups of persons entitled to write. If the free time for recording is not displayed, then the possibilities have been exhausted. New deadlines are released daily for registering for submission of documents. An appointment to submit documents in several different categories, as well as an appointment to submit documents in a category that does not correspond to the purpose of the trip, entails the cancellation of the appointment or refusal of admission.

Students with unlimited admission to study at a German university or one of the German postgraduate programs, as well as students previously enrolled in one of the German universities or one of the German postgraduate programs, can submit their application through the Visa Application Center in Moscow. By agreement with the Central Administration of Schools Abroad, through the Visa Application Center in Moscow, you can also apply for a national visa for the purpose of internship within the framework of international exchange programs or while studying at a university after 4 semesters in a specialty.

In order to obtain Schengen visas, you can sign up to contact the VisaMetric service and visa center.

For questions about registering for submission of documents to one of the Consulates General, please contact the Consulate General at the place of your registration.

13) What are the quarantine measures when entering Germany?

You can find instructions and information on entry quarantine provisions on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior:

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-bundeslaender-1745198

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/merkblatt-dea.html​​​​​​​