The visa fee is a requirement for all the types of German visas. Therefore, you have to pay the visa fee before attending the visa interview. The different categories of visas have different fees. However, there are exemptions in some cases. Before paying the visa fee, you should find out if you need a German visa to enter Germany.
In this article, we list out the various visa fees. Also, it contains the category of applicants who are eligible for a visa fee waiver.
Visa fee for long-stay visas
The visa fee for all long-stay visas is €75. However, there are some exceptions and exemptions. Germany has agreements with other countries. As a result, some nationals pay less than €75. Similarly, others do not pay at all.
Reduction for a long-stay visa applicant
Long-stay visa applicants under the age of 18 will pay a reduced fee of €37.50. Unlike those younger than 18, adults pay the regular €75.
However, if the applicant is travelling to Germany to promote culture, interest in development policies, foreign policies or any humanitarian act, then the visa fee may be waived. Notwithstanding, this decision is made by the embassy. The candidate must not assume.
Exemptions for a long-stay visa applicant
On the other hand, you will be exempted from paying the long-stay visa fee if you belong to any of the following classes:
A national from a country with which Germany has a mutual agreement.
Members of international organizations in Germany, Consular positions, or diplomatic workers. This includes their children who are younger than 25 years.
Non-Germans under a scholarship program in Germany. This includes their spouse or partner, and children. Also, the scholarship funds must be enough to take care of the entire family.
Parents/family members of minor German citizens or EU nationals
Spouses or registered partners, and minor children of a German citizen.
Note that the EU nationals must have freedom of movement to be eligible.
Visa fee for short-stay visas
German short-stay visas are also known as Schengen visas. The Schengen Area member states agreed to leave the visa fee at €60. However, you may not have to pay the fee, or you will pay less if you belong to a certain category of people.
Reduction for a short-stay visa applicant
You will pay a reduced fee when applying for a short-stay visa if you belong to any of the following categories:
Children younger than 12 years, but older than 6 years
Nationals from Serbia, Russia, Montenegro, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Albania.
You will pay a reduced fee of €35 to enter Germany if you belong to any of the above categories. However, the fee may be waived if your purpose in Germany is to promote culture, development or foreign policies or for humanitarian purposes.
Exemptions for a short-stay visa applicant
When applying for a Schengen visa, you always have an initial destination. That is to say, the first Schengen country where you will land as you enter the Schengen area. If Germany is your destination, then you have to apply at a German Embassy or consulate. In this case, you may be exempted from the fee if you belong to any of the following groups:
Pupils, students and teaching staff who are going to Germany for educational training or studying.
Scientist/Researchers from third world countries carrying out scientific research in the European Community.
Individuals who are younger than 25 who are representing Non-profit organizations in events like seminars, conferences, sports competition or educational events. The event is organized by a non-profit organization.
Children who are younger than 6 years.
Family members or Parents of EU/EEA citizens. They must enjoy the freedom of movement to be eligible.
Registered partners, Spouses and minor children of a German citizen.
The table below is a summary of short-stay visa fees.
Visa Fee (EUR)
Short-stay visas (job-seeker, transit, tourist etc)
Children within the range of 6-12 years
Citizens from Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, Ukraine etc
Children younger than 6 years
Visa Fee REFUNDS
The fee for all types of German visas is NON-REFUNDABLE. You can not withdraw the money once you have paid. No matter the reason. The fee can not be refunded after the rejection of visa, or withdrawal of your application.
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