The applicant’s passport is an important requirement which must be submitted during the application process for a German Visa. Like other requirements, there are specific passport requirements which every passport must fulfil. German Embassies and Consulates do not accept passports which do not meet these requirements.
You must obtain a passport before finding out whether or not you need a German Visa to enter Germany. The consular officer automatically rejects your application if there is no passport. Similarly, the application is rejected if the passport does not meet the specific passport requirements.
In this article, we explain the various features that make your passport valid. Note that this is the same for all visa types. You will not travel to Germany if you do not have a valid passport. Generally, all passports must meet the following passport requirements:
- It must have at least two empty pages.
- The passport must not be older than 10 years, on the day you plan to leave Germany
- It must be valid 3 months from the day you intend to leave Germany
- The passport must be in good shape and not damaged.
- Your passport must not contain illegible data
Specific passport requirements for a German Visa application
It must have at least two empty pages
Of course, you need blank pages to hold your visa. The Embassy needs these pages to affix the visa in your passport. The embassy will not accept valid passports that do not have at least two blank pages. Also, some embassies and consulates require that these pages be consecutive. However, some do not. Check with the embassy or consulate where you will attend the interview and submit documents to be sure.
Do not attach additional pages to your passport. The consular officer will automatically reject the passport.
The passport must not be older than 10 years, on the day you plan to leave Germany
If your passport will be 10 years and 1 day old on the day you intend to depart to Germany, then the Consular officer will reject it. Your passport may be valid, but so long as it is older than 10 years, it will not be accepted. Some passports are valid for up to 15 years.
It must be valid 3 months from the day you intend to leave Germany
Your passport must be valid for 3 months from the day you plan to leave Germany. German officials will not accepts passports with extended validity. This is a general rule for all Schengen Area countries.
The passport must be in good shape and not damaged.
The German embassy rejects passports with torn pages or wet pages or burnt pages. Your passport must be neat before the Consular officer can accept it.
Your passport must not contain illegible data
Everything written on your passport must be clear and easy to read and understand. The consular officer rejects a passport with blur or illegible information.
Older passport requirements
If you have older passports which are expired and have stamps or stickers of visas, then submit them with the other Required documents for a German Visa. Tie all older passports with a rubber band. Do not staple the passports.
Copy of your passport’s data page
This is a requirement for a German visa. Photocopy the page with all your data (Name, date of birth, passport creation and expiry dates) and submit with the other required documents. This copy must be on A4 size paper. Also, it must be in black and white or colour.
Read about other visa requirements