Germany Visa.


Are you considering a trip to Germany and wondering about the intricacies of the application process? Well, fret not, as StarklyTech Africa, is here to guide you through the necessary steps.

To embark on your German adventure, the first crucial step is to apply for a German visa and fulfill the associated financial obligations. Once you successfully navigate this initial hurdle, the doors to Germany will swing wide open, beckoning you to explore its wonders.

In this comprehensive post, we will delve into the intricacies of the German visa application process, shedding light on the costs involved and providing you with a step-by-step guide to ensure a smooth journey. So, let's dive in and unravel the mysteries of the German visa application process.

Are you planning a trip to Germany and seeking information on the visa application process? Well, you're in the right place! Allow me to provide you with a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the intricacies of obtaining a German visa.

Processing Locations

Typically, all visa applications are processed at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos. However, there's also a German Embassy in Abuja that occasionally issues visas in exceptional cases.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos:

Located at 15 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Contact Details:

- Phone: +00234-1-280-9966

- Fax: +00234-1-280-9969

- Email:

- Website:

German Embassy in Abuja:

Located at 9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

Contact Details:

- Phone: +00234-9-220-8010; +00234-9-220-8011; +00234-70-6410-8800; +00234-80-5880-8800

- Fax: +00234-9-220-8009

- Email:

Visa Categories and Costs

Now, let's explore the different types of German visas available to Nigerians and their corresponding fees, stated in euros (approximately converted to Naira):

- Short‐term Schengen Visa (up to 90 days):

  - Airport Transit visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

  - Tourist visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

  - Business visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

  - Visiting family and friends visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

  - Cultural and Sports visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

  - Official visit visa: 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira)

- Long‐term National Visa (over 90 days):

  - Student visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Employment visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Family Reunion visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Nigeria Minded Family Reunion visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Research visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Medical Treatment visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Language Course visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Jobseeker visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

  - Freelancer visa: 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira)

Please note that these fees are subject to change based on policies adjusted by the German Embassy in Nigeria. The prices mentioned were last updated on June 15, 2023.

Document Verification Fees

The verification fees for documents required for Germany visa applications in Nigeria have recently been revised. The fee varies depending on the location of the person or institution being verified.

- Northern states (FCT, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno): 250,000 Naira.

- Other locations not mentioned above: 180,000 Naira.

Please be aware that these fees are subject to change based on the German Embassy's policies.

Types of Germany Visas Available to Nigerians

It's important to familiarize yourself with the various visa categories to ensure you select the appropriate one for your purpose of travel. Applying for the wrong category can result in disqualification for six months. Let's explore some of the visa types:

Short-term Visa:

A short-term visa is suitable for visits to Germany lasting less than 90 days. It applies to purposes such as visiting friends and family or attending business meetings.

Student Visa:

If you plan to study in Germany, conduct research at a German university, or enroll in language courses lasting more than three months, you will need a student visa.

Au Pair Visa:

This visa category is for individuals who wish to travel to Germany as an au pair or engage in voluntary work for a year.

Work Visa:

If you have a job offer in Germany, you will need to apply for a work visa.

Germany Visa Application Guidelines for Nigerians:

To ensure a smooth application process, it's essential to follow these guidelines:

1. Online Booking and Appointment

Book your appointment online, ensuring that you provide accurate information to avoid appointment cancellations. Each applicant, including family members, must book a separate appointment.

2. Interview and Document Completeness

Attend your interview as scheduled, as failure to appear may result in a six-month booking ban. Ensure that all required documents are complete to avoid rejection on the day of the interview.

3. Exemptions from Visa Application

Certain categories of individuals are exempt from applying for a visa, including transit visa applicants, those on official duty (note verbale holders only), applicants seeking urgent medical treatment, and experts participating in scientific or academic conferences, subject to capacity limitations in the visa section. Regular travelers who have visited Schengen states, the USA, UK, or Canada at least three times within the last 24 months are also exempt.

4. Interview Waiver

You may qualify for an interview waiver if you have traveled to Schengen states at least three times within the last 24 months with a Schengen visa or once with a one-year multiple entry visa issued by the Consulate General since March 14, 2013. However, a written letter of authorization from the applicant is required if submitting the application through a third party.

5. Application Submission

If you go through the regular process, book your appointment online after completing the application form. Submit your application form and all required documents (including one copy of each original). Arriving early is advisable due to daily admission limits. However, bringing a completed application form is generally sufficient for admission.

Summer Months and Appointment Booking

During the summer months, the visa office experiences high traffic. If you plan to travel during this period, it's recommended to book your appointment well in advance.

Now armed with these guidelines, you're ready to embark on your German visa application journey. Remember to be well-prepared, submit complete and accurate documentation, and follow the process diligently. Wishing you the best of luck for a successful visa application and a memorable trip to Germany!