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: 06.07.2021


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 be issued only in the following exceptional cases:

  • medical and scientific-medical personnel, representatives of professions related to the care of the elderly,
  • employees in the field of commodity transportation and transport sectors,
  • seasonal workers in agriculture,
  • seafarers for the purpose of traveling to the port of departure of the ship or to the airport for returning to a third country,
  • private trips on a temporary basis in the following cases:
    • visits by relatives of the "main family" who are third-country citizens (i.e. spouses, registered partners, minor children and parents of minor children) to citizens of Germany, EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, or third-country citizens with the right to reside in Germany. Entry can be carried out jointly or separately. If the spouse or registered partner is a citizen of Germany, EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, the visit is possible regardless of whether he lives in Germany or abroad.
    • only if there is an emergency reasons of family matters, such as birth, marriage, death/funerals and other special occasions, which is the reason for the emergency family matters (for example, serious illness of a relative of the 1st degree or 2nd degree relatives, which is why urgent support, or circumstances that prevent the realization of the right of custody of a minor child by all persons entitled to do so), it is necessary that your dates of stay correlated with its reason:
    • visiting relatives of the 1st and 2nd degree of kinship who are not related to the "main family" (that is, adult children, parents of adult children, brothers/sisters, grandparents) of 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 partners who are not registered in a registered marriage in order to visit a partner living in Germany. The inviting partner must be a citizen of Germany, another EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, or a third country with the right of residence in Germany.

1. A necessary condition is the long-term nature of a family-type relationship, while previously both partners had to meet at least once in person (the meeting did not necessarily have to take place in Germany).

2. To confirm this, you must have the appropriate documents with you:
A written invitation persons residing in Germany (with a copy of the identity documents), a statement of both partners of the existence of the relationship and evidence that they had previously met in person (in particular, on the basis of the stamps in the passport, or documents about travel/tickets or confirmation of cohabitation abroad (for example, certificate of registration)). Additionally, you can submit documentary evidence in the form of photos, social media materials, letters or e-mail correspondence.

  • compelling reason:

Joint private trips of unmarried couples from abroad (for example, a wedding, illness or funeral of close relatives). One of the partners must be a citizen of Germany, another EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

  1. A necessary condition is the long-term nature of family-type relationships and cohabitation abroad.
  2. To confirm this, you must have the appropriate documents with you:

A written statement by both partners about the existence of a relationship and a valid reason for making a trip (for the purpose of a joint trip) and confirming that the partners are in a relationship (in particular, confirming joint residence abroad (for example, registration certificates)). Additionally, you can submit documentary evidence in the form of photos, social media materials, letters or e-mail correspondence.

  • diplomats, employees of international organizations, military personnel, employees of humanitarian missions who are on duty,
  • transit passengers, that is, the following are passing through

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

However, the entry of third-country citizens into Germany (in transit) for travel to another EU state or a Schengen state (which is the destination country) is allowed if the following conditions are met:

  1. stay in Germany (in transit) is limited to the period necessary for direct travel to the destination state (or to another state through whose territory the transit takes place);
  2. a citizen of a third country is allowed to enter the territory of the destination state (or to another state through whose territory the transit takes place) (in accordance with Annex I or II to the EU Council Recommendation of June 30, 2020 or an individual confirmation of the right of entry issued by the destination state).

If these conditions are met, it is also allowed to enter by air and continue to the destination State by land transport.

A citizen of a third country must convincingly confirm the presence of the above conditions upon entry. To confirm a), you can submit, in particular, ground transport tickets, air tickets, etc. To confirm b), you can provide an up-to-date printout of the national regulations of the destination State on the implementation of Annex I to the EU Council Recommendation, from which it follows that in the destination State, residents of certain states are not required to confirm the purpose of the trip. Otherwise, it is necessary to convincingly confirm the urgent need for entry in accordance with Annex II to the Recommendation of the EU Council; at the same time, German border guards check exclusively compliance with the entry regulations applicable to Germany. Alternatively, you can submit a certificate from the competent authorities of the destination State confirming the exemption from entry restrictions, or a preliminary consent to entry.

Transit to a third country, which is the country of destination

The entry of citizens of a third country into Germany (in transit) for travel to a third country is allowed if the following conditions are met:

a. The stay in Germany (in transit) is limited to the period necessary for direct transit to the destination country (or to another transit country).
b. A citizen of a third country has a permit to enter the territory of the destination country (or another transit country).
The fulfillment of the above conditions a. and b. third-country citizens must convincingly justify their entry. To justify a. in particular, ground transport tickets, air tickets, etc. can be presented. To justify b., for example, a permit to enter the territory of the destination country (for example, a visa) or an identity document or a permit to stay in the territory of the destination country can be submitted.

  • persons who require international protection or have other humanitarian reasons, including Jewish immigrants and persons with urgent medical reasons. The form for confirming urgent medical reasons for entry is located here.
    • As urgent medical reasons, cases are considered when treatment can only be carried out in Germany (cannot be carried out at home), or the treatment was started in Germany and the lack of treatment may entail a risk to life or the risk of serious irreversible 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 the purpose of a long stay is thus possible, then simultaneous joint entry with his family members is also possible (for example, simultaneous entry of a spouse and a minor child of a specialist).
  • applications of returning persons and persons who had German citizenship in the past (§§ 37 and 38 AufenthG)
  • applications of specialists and highly qualified employees of the following categories:
    • specialists who have been offered a specific workplace in accordance with the definition of the Law on Residence in Germany (paragraph 3 of §§ 18, 18a, 18b AufenthG), which is confirmed by the application for employment
    • scientists and research staff, as well as teachers of foreign languages (§§18d, 18e und 18f AufenthG and paragraph 1 § 19c AufenthG in combination with § 5 BeschV or paragraph 1 § 11 BeschV); scientists planning to engage in 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.
    • assigned employees in accordance with the Employment Ordinance (paragraph 1 of §19c in combination with §10 BeschV) and holders of an ICT card – (§§ 19, 19b AufenthG)
    • managers and specialists of companies (paragraph § 19c in combination with § 3 BeschV)
    • professional athletes and professional esports athletes to participate in competitions, international sporting events or to work in German sports associations (paragraph 1 §19c AufenthG in combination with paragraph 1 § 22, paragraph 4 § 22, paragraph 5 § 22 or paragraph 2 § 23 BeschV) and accompanying personnel, as well as judges/referees and sports functionaries, other athletes and accompanying personnel on special grounds in individual cases
    • contract agreements for the execution of the order from the manufacturer's material / specialists for the installation/connection of equipment (paragraph § 19 BeschV, stay up to 90 days for 12 months)
    • information technology specialists (paragraph 2 of §19c AufenthG in combination with § 6 BeschV)
    • employees whose activities are of special state (public) interest (paragraph 3 of §19c AufenthG)
    • qualified employees under the terms of a contract (paragraph 1 § 19c in combination with paragraph 1 § 29 BeschV), only from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey
    • specialists (§ 19 BeschV)
    • business trips, if they meet the necessary conditions of paragraph 2 § 16 BeschV
    • individual entrepreneurs (§21 AufenthG)
    • participants of fairs and exhibitions
    • conference participants

A condition of entry to an expert or highly skilled worker is a confirmation of the need for personal presence in Germany (for example, on the basis of an employment contract) and convincing justification that the activity of the employee is necessary from an economic point of view, and the work cannot be postponed to a later date or run from abroad (certificate from the employer/client works). The relevant supporting documents should be submitted when applying for a visa (if the visa regime is in effect), carried with you during the trip and, if necessary, presented when passing border control.


A condition for the entry of an individual entrepreneur or an employee is sufficient confirmation of the need for travel, taking into account the pandemic. For confirmation, you need a hand-signed statement from a business partner or employer in Germany about the need for an urgent business trip. The mere application of a business partner or employer from the country of departure (a third country) is not a sufficient basis.

To confirm the need for entry of persons traveling to visit business exhibitions, the following documents are required: for exhibitors-confirmation of participation from the organizer of the exhibition, for visitors to the exhibition – an entrance ticket, as well as confirmation of a business meeting planned within (on the territory of) the exhibition from at least one exhibitor.

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 the pandemic, and its adequate replacement by an online format is impossible, as well as registration or other confirmation of the planned presence of a third-country citizen at the conference by the event organizer.


High-ranking religious figures, whose presence is necessary for religious activities / conducting a religious event, also belong to the categories for which exceptions apply. Confirmation of economic necessity is not required. However, confirmation of the need for entry from the relevant community is required. Short-term entry is possible only as an exception if a special justification is provided.

  • 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 a preliminary completion of a language course or internship, or (ii) intends to come to take language courses or practice to prepare for study, but does not have admission to classes. However, this does not apply to persons who intend to apply for admission to study, except in cases when the deadline for passing 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 a university is not required, only a confirmation of admission to a pre-university training institution is required. The relevant documents must also be presented when passing through border control.
  • persons undergoing qualified professional training. This should 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 established (a previous one is also possible professional training language course). A necessary condition is the confirmation of the institution or person who conducts professional training that the presence of the trainee is required, despite the situation that has developed in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).
  • participants of qualification events in order to recognize the professional training they have completed abroad. Here, it is also necessary to provide confirmation from the institution or person who conducts professional training that the presence of the trainee is required, despite the situation that has developed in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).
  • students who have been attending school for at least 6 months (possibly with a preliminary language course, if the school registration has already been confirmed by the beginning of the language course). 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 situation that has developed in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).
  • Entry on a school exchange is also possible if the period of stay is at least six months.
  • entry for the purpose of professional development and internship is possible for a stay of at least six months. The organizer of professional development activities must confirm that the presence of the trainee is required, despite the situation that has developed in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, not just online training).
  • Internships for doctors are possible if the internship implies the prospect of employment in an appropriate medical institution.
  • Au-pair and volunteers, with a minimum stay of at least six months.
  • entry for language courses, if the planned stay is at least six months. The organizer of professional development activities must confirm that the presence of the trainee is required, despite the situation that has developed in connection with the coronavirus (personal presence, 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. Unfortunately, applications are temporarily accepted only in the above exceptional cases.


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. Please take into account the above restrictions currently in force when issuing a visa. "EU Blue Card" applicants and their family members can also apply through VisaMetric.

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:

It is possible to return your passport through the Visa Application Center.

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 exceptional categories but want to travel again in the future after the end of the entry restrictions:

Starting from 12.07.21, German foreign representations in Russia offer applicants who are not currently included in the categories of persons for whom exceptions apply the opportunity to apply for a Schengen visa. The issuance of these visas does not imply the possibility of immediate entry into Germany, taking into account the still existing entry restrictions. As before, entry is allowed only to those persons who belong to one of the categories for which 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 lifting a number of restrictions or their complete cancellation, with which you will then be able to 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:
• so that the validity period of your previous visa is at least 2 years,
• for this previous visa to be issued by one of the German foreign missions,
• so that the validity period of this visa ends after 10.03.20 (so 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 terms of the first planned trip,
• sign an additional Acquaintance confirmation
• and also submit all other documents that are usually necessary for obtaining a visa (see the "Required Documents" section).

Please understand that in this case we are talking about 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 one of the categories of persons who are currently subject to exceptions, but I would like to travel again in the future after the lifting of entry restrictions. Can I apply for a new visa now?

Starting from 12.07.21, German foreign representations in Russia offer applicants who are not currently included in the categories of persons for whom exceptions apply the opportunity to apply for a Schengen visa. The issuance of these visas does not imply the possibility of immediate entry into Germany, taking into account the still existing entry restrictions. As before, entry is allowed only to those persons who belong to one of the categories for which 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 lifting a number of restrictions or their complete cancellation, with which you will then be able to 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:
• so that the validity period of your previous visa is at least 2 years,
• for this previous visa to be issued by one of the German foreign missions,
• so that the validity period of this visa ends after 10.03.20 (so 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 terms of the first planned trip,
• sign an additional Acquaintance confirmation
• and also submit all other documents that are usually necessary for obtaining a visa (see the "Required Documents" section).

Please understand that in this case we are talking about 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. Please take into account the above restrictions currently in force when issuing a visa.

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​​​​​​​