Informations on applying for a visa
Processing of visa applications
Relaxation of restrictions on entry to Germany for vaccinated persons from 25 June 2021
Since 25 June 2021, entry to Germany has again in principle been possible for persons from within the jurisdiction of the Embassy who have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI). Fully vaccinated persons can again enter Germany for the purpose of visits and as tourists. To this end, fully vaccinated persons can apply for the necessary visas from the German Embassy Dakar.
However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as Areas of variant of concern. Entry to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.
Only persons who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI) and whose last required vaccination was administered at least 14 days ago can enter Germany. This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.
To enter Germany, a digital EU COVID certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or analogue form (paper form) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented. This must always include:
- the personal data of the vaccinated person (at least family name, first name and date of birth),
- date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
- name of vaccine,
- name of disease vaccinated against,
- identifiers that indicate the person or institution responsible for administering the vaccination or issuing the certificate, for example an official symbol or the name of the issuer.
In the case of a person who has recovered from infection, a single dose of a vaccine is sufficient. As proof of full vaccination for a recovered person, proof must also be provided that they had the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus before their vaccination. A positive PCR test must be submitted as proof of this illness. The proof of illness must be written in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and available in digital or analogue form (paper form).
Persons under the age of 12 and who are not yet vaccinated may enter the country with proof of a negative test (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Persons under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test.
Further information is available under the following link:
Information about mandatory testing and proof of immunity, mandatory digital entry registration and quarantine regulations can be found here.
Visas for persons who are not fully vaccinated only if absolutely necessary
Visas can also still be issued to persons who are not yet fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine if the intended entry to Germany is absolutely necessary. The circumstances under which entry is considered to be absolutely necessary are explained in German, English and French on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community under the heading Coronavirus – FAQs and answers, and then under “Travel restrictions/border control”.
General Information for applicants from Gambia and Guinea-Bissau
Nationals of Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau need a visa in order to enter Germany. Citizens of Cape Verde Islands also need a visa for entry into Germany. The Embassy in Dakar is temporarily also processing visa applications by citizens of Cape Verde Islands.
The type of visa you require depends on how long you plan to stay. Are you planning a short visit to Germany, e.g. for a holiday? Or would you like to stay longer, e.g. to attend university?
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NEW: The German Embassy Dakar offers a telephone hotline pertaining to visa related general information mondays and wednesdays from 14.00 p.m to 15.00 p.m.: +221 33 889 4810 (no questions to the state of affairs of visa applications please!).
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