31.01.2020 - Article

For short term visits up to 90 days maximum

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Visa Information

Your entry into Germany should be as smoothly as possible. Please find below all necessary information about the visa application process matching the local requirements. This information is exclusive.

The German Embassy Addis Ababa has jurisdiction over your visa application, if your main destination is the Federal Republic of Germany.

Please be advised that the German Embassy in Addis Ababa is using the Visa Information System (VIS), which allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. VIS necessitates various changes to the visa application process, such as fingerprint scans. Visa applicants must therefore apply in person at the visa section of the Embassy.

The category of the visa (Schengen or national visa) depends on the duration of the intended stay. The required supporting documents depend on the purpose of the visit.
Example: For skilled employment up to 90 days, a Schengen-visa is required. However, the requirements of the leaflet “Employment Visa” of a national visa are applied.

Schengen Visa processing time

An application shall be submitted not later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. The processing time regarding Schengen-Visa will take 15 days. As this is an automated process, the Embassy has no influence on the length of this period.
Therefore please keep in mind to book your appointment in due time.
Longer waiting periods for the application of Schengen-visa (tourist, business, etc.) can be expected during and before the main season (summer holiday and travel season). You are advised to book an appointment to apply for a Schengen-visa up to 6 months in advance.
All documents have to be complete and submitted in the original (see information pamphlets below). Incomplete applications may be denied. Non-requested submitted documents (by e-mail or fax) cannot be taken into account. Only the applicant is responsible for an complete application.

Formal obligation

The issue of a formal obligation over the alien authorities in Germany or over a German Embassy abroad is not discharging from the necessity of an original invitation letter.

Transit Visa

Ethiopian passport holders who are travelling via an airport in one of the Schengen-countries in order to reach their final destination outside the Schengen-region only require a transit visa if they do not hold a valid visa for an EU Member State or for a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, Canada, Japan, or the United States of America.

Each applicant has to appear in person.
seriously ill persons, applicants whose finger prints have been submitted during the past 5 years. The case-by-case decision is made by the Embassy.

Standardised visa fees for all categories amount to 80,- Euro. Payment is to be made in Birr (ETB) on the day of application. Because of currency fluctuation, statements in national currency are not given. Fees are not refundable, regardless of any decision.

Please direct any enquiries dircectly from our website using the contact form.

Online Booking of an Appointment

To apply for a visa you need an appointment. The booking of an appointment is exclusively done by using the German Embassy’s online booking system for short term visa (Schengen-Visa) as well as long term visa (more than 90 days within 180 days). Please note that each applicant needs to book an individual appointment. It is not possible to book one appointment for more than one person at a time. If you intend to travel in a group you will also have to book individual appointment.

Group appointments are exclusive to family's with children.

To book an appointment, please follow this link: Online Appointment System

Electronic Visa Application Form

(to fill in and present print-out at the Embassy during your visa appointment)

Every visa applicant, lawyer or any other third person can fill in the visa application online under the following link: Videx

Return of Passport

As soon as the Embassy decided on your visa application, you will be contacted and you can collect your passport after 15 days.
In general, a passport can only be collected by the applicant. Should this not be possible, you are entitled to authorize a representative.

Please check your visa upon receipt immediately! Your visa states your full name, passport number, and your photo, furthermore the number of days of your stay, and validity of the visa.
If all data is correct, nothing stands between you and your trip to Germany.

However, should you find incorrect data on your visa sticker, please inform us immediately! We will be happy to issue a new visa.

The issuance of a Schengen-visa does not base a claim on entry. The final decision is taken at the Immigration of a Schengen-state by the border police. It is possible that the border police requests submission of your documents regarding financial means, duration and means of your visit as well as health insurance. Therefore, please have copies of all of your visa documents (incl. invitation from Germany, hotel reservation, travel/health insurance and like) at hand.

There can be various reasons for a denial of your visa application. The Embassy will cite the causes in a notice of denial.
You are welcome to apply again with complete, convincing and verifiable documents.

Complaints about the Schengen visa application process

Schengen visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff or the visa application process via the contact form. In the contact form, please select the option “Beschwerde zum Schengen-Visum-Verfahren”. Please note that complaints may only be submitted in German or English. We are unable to follow up on complaints in languages other than German or English. Please enter one of the following two options in the “Subject” field of the contact form:


•Complaint about the conduct of consulate staff

•Complaint about the visa application process

We will follow up on your complaint once it has been received.

Important information: No legal remedies against decisions to refuse, annul or revoke a visa – in particular no remonstrations – may be submitted via the complaints contact form.


Complaints about the Schengen visa application process


Remonstration and Filing of a Suit

Please find below a leaflet containing complete information concerning the procedures.

With regard to processing time of remonstrations, there is a considerable backlog due to the complexity of individual cases. This backlog has increased due to the current covid-19-situation. Remonstrations are processed chronologically. However, due to current restriction of operational functions, a long processing time is to be expected. For more information on remonstrations, please refer to the leaflet.

The Embassy wishes you safe travels and a happy return!

Please find below important Information leaflets in regard to Schengen-visa application

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