The German Healthcare system is among the best in the world. Germany has over two thousand hospitals and clinics. Also, they provide a full range and up to date treatments. As a result, many foreigners travel to Germany every year seeking health medical treatment.
However, many of these patients need a visa to enter Germany. The Germany Immigration authorities have a list of countries whose citizens must obtain a visa before entering Germany. Also, those whose treatment will be less than 3 months can apply for a short-term medical treatment visa. Otherwise, they should apply for a long-term medical treatment visa.
The German Health/Medical visa permits its holder to travel to Germany and receive health treatment. Therefore the foreigner can travel to Germany and get any medical service they need so long as they can afford it.
Who Can Obtain the Medical Treatment Visa?
Citizens from countries all over the world can seek treatment in Germany. However, some nationals must obtain a German visa before travelling to Germany. On the other hand, nationals from the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Germany.
- All European Union member countries
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- The United States of America
Apart from the above-listed countries, citizens from any other country must obtain a German visa before travelling to Germany. Depending on the length of your treatment, you can obtain a short-term or long-term treatment visa.
You will obtain a short-stay visa if your treatment is less than 3 months. Some third world countries have established a visa-free regime with the Schengen Area. Therefore, you won’t need a visa if you belong to one of these countries.
Therefore you should make arrangements with the host medical facility where you will be receiving treatment. This will be your only concern if you do not need a visa to enter Germany. Nationals from these countries can enter Germany without a German visa.
You will obtain this type of medical visa if your treatment will take more than 90 days. Most noteworthy, you will have to register at the local authorities once you arrive in Germany. Register at the Resident Registration Office or the Citizen Service Office.
Germany Medical Visa Application Process
It is the same application process for every kind of German visa. The application process for a German medical visa is the same whether or not it is a short or long-stay visa. However, here is a list of the main steps to follow when applying for a visa:
- Find out if you need a German Visa: From the previous section, you should know whether or not you need a German visa.
- Fill the application form online
- Check the German Embassy or Consulate closest to you: Some countries have embassies while others have consulates. However, some countries have visa application centres.
- Get all the required documents: This is the most important part of the application. The required documents are listed below.
- Book an appointment at the German embassy: The best way is to book an appointment online. Unfortunately, in some countries, you may have to book an appointment in person.
- Pay the visa fee
- Go for the interview: Arrive at the embassy 30 minutes before your interview. The interview usually lasts for about 10 minutes. Bring all the required documents.
- Go home and wait for the embassy’s decision.
When and Where to apply
It is recommended to submit your application for an appointment at least three weeks before your intended travel date. According to the German embassy rules, you can submit your application three months before travelling, and latest 2 weeks before your travel date. However, the embassy will treat applications within 2 weeks or less if the applicant’s health condition worsens.
Apply for a German Health/Medical Treatment visa at:
- The German Embassy in your country.
- A German Consulate in your country.
- Any recognized Visa Center to which the German Embassy has outsourced visa submissions.
Requirements for a German Medical Visa
There are procedures that you must follow if you are considering a German Medical visa. Below is a list of procedures to follow to get a German health treatment visa:
- Find a suitable German hospital or clinic where you will receive medical treatment and attention. Get in contact with the hospital.
- Send your medical diagnosis to the hospital. Send details of the doctor in your country, and your medical health condition to the hospital in Germany. Also, the hospital can request for more documents.
- Get a Treatment plan and cost of treatment. The hospital will come up with a treatment plan for your condition. Also, they will let you know the estimated cost of the treatment.
- Establish a method of payment: The hospital sends you an invitation letter once you establish a method of payment.
Required Documents for a Germany Medical Visa
- Filled application form: Fill in the right information in the form. The information must match with your other documents. Download the form. Print two copies of the form. Lastly, sign at the end of both forms.
- A valid national passport: The passport must be valid for at least 1 year after your planned return to your home country. The passport must be have been issued between the last 10 years.
- Two passport-sized photographs: Check the requirements for a visa photo. The photos must be taken within the last 3 months.
- A copy of your passport’s data page: This shows your name, date of birth, passport number, issue and expiry dates. Also, this copy must be on an A4 size paper.
- Health Insurance Coverage: You must show a valid Health Insurance at the embassy. Health insurance must cover the entire period you will stay in Germany. Also, it is recommended to get a Health Insurance from a German company. The Health Insurance must cover emergency or medical hospitalization for at least €30, 000.
- Flight reservation. This can also be rail or bust tickets.
- Proof of accommodation: This document proves that you have a place to stay for the whole time in Germany. Provide a document of confirmation if you will be staying in the hospital. Otherwise, provide a hotel booking or invitation letter from a family member or friend or a rental contract of where you will be staying.
- Proof of civil status: Birth certificate of children, marriage certificate or spouse’s death certificate.
- Letter of leave from your company if you are employed. It must confirm the date of your leave.
- Documents confirming the need for treatment in Germany.
- Certificates from a medical doctor confirming the need for treatment in Germany, and the specific German hospital capable of the treatment.
- Documents that prove that an appointment has been booked at the German hospital.
- Also, proof of advance payment on medical treatment and services.
- Confirmed accommodation by the host hospital or clinic.
- Agreement between home and host medical doctors.
- Proof that the patient can afford any unforeseen medical expenses.
- Proof of finance: Submit any or all of the following documents to prove that you can cope with any unforeseen medical expenses.
- Bank statement
- Letter of sponsorship from a third party with their bank statement or payslips for the last 3 months.
- Provide your work contract or letter of leave or payslips for the past 3 months if you are employed.
- Show proof of ownership or a certificate of proprietorship if you are self-employed.
- Proof of school attendance and a letter from the university if you are a student.
- Your pension statement for the last 6 months if you are a retired worker.
Requirements for minors
Submit the following documents if you are applying for a minor who needs medical treatment.
- Original Birth certificate: Provide the child’s birth certificate with a copy.
- Letter of consent from both parents: If the child is travelling with another adult who is not the parent, then this letter must be provided. Both parents must state that they have no objection to their child travelling with a third party. Also, the letter must be notarized and signed by both parents.
- Letter of consent from the other parent: A formal document from the other parent (parent B), stating that they have no objection to the parent A travelling with their child. The document must be notarized and signed by the other parent (parent B).
- Death certificate of the other parent: Provide the death certificate of the other parent who has passed away.
Note that these documents must be in English or German language.
Health Treatment Visa fee
You need to pay a visa application fee. The payment should be less than 2 months old. The visa fee for a short-stay (less than 3 months) medical treatment visa is €60. On the other hand, if you are applying for a long-stay medical visa, then the application fee is €75.
If the patient is younger than 12 years, then the application fee will be €12. There are some exceptions and exemptions for visa application fees. Check if you are among any category of these individuals.
Most noteworthy, the German visa application is non-refundable.
How long is my German Medical Visa valid?
The visa you apply for determines the validity of your visa. The validity of a visa is how long you are allowed to stay in the country. You can be allowed to stay for 15 days if you applied for a short-stay visa. The given time must be equal to or less than 90 days. However, you can get a multiple entry visa. This way you can enter and leave the Schengen Area as you want. Also, you must not stay for more than 90 days within 6 months.
On the other hand, a long-stay visa permits you to stay in Germany for up to 12 months. You can extend the visa if your treatment is not complete after one year. It is recommended for an extension 2 months before the expiration of your visa.
Can I extend my German Health Treatment Visa?
You can extend your medical treatment visa. To do so, you have to prove that your treatment is not complete. Also, you must be able to show that the extra treatment can not be received in your home country. Doctors must provide documents to show that it is important for your visa to be extended.
Visa processing time
Most German embassies take between 10 to 15 days to process a visa application. However, there may be some delays. The delay may be as a result of many applications being received or issues with the applicant’s documents.
The embassy will quickly treat a patient’s file if their health situation is an emergency.
Can I bring family members with me?
Guardians travel along with underage patients. The guardians can be any one of the parents or a third party who has the parents’ consent.
Similarly, a patient with a critical situation can travel with a family member to take care of him/her in Germany.
You cannot be given a medical treatment visa to do a checkup in Germany. You must have a diagnosis regarding your health condition before you are awarded the visa. Notwithstanding, you can apply for a different visa depending on your situation.
After You Arrive in Germany With a Medical Treatment Visa
Register your address once you arrive in Germany. Register the hospital’s address if you are living in the hospital. Other persons in the hospital or house where you are staying are responsible to register your address if your health condition does not permit to go to the registration office.
Also, get a German residence permit for medical treatment.
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