Information on arranging an appointment
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In order to apply for a visa, you need an appointment.
Application appointments at the German Embassy Addis Ababa can only be booked online.
In some categories you can register directly for a specific appointment. Please note that applicants of adult age may only register for an appointment in the same category and that, in general, a separate appointment must be booked for each adult traveller. A group booking may only be made for accompanying underage children. Here, only the number of visitors must be specified. If such a booking is made contrary to the above instruction, applicants will be rejected on the day of the appointment and a new appointment must be made.
For applicants in the national appointment category “Category 2: Only for refugees recognised in Ethiopia - applications for family reunification with a refugee recognised in the Federal Republic of Germany (not for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection)”, a waiting list has been introduced due to the high demand. Should you wish to apply for such a visa, please register with your correct details on the respective waiting list. As soon as possible, you will be assigned an appointment for an interview. Please note that due to the high demand, there may be longer waiting times.
Please submit complete application documents with the correct number of copies to your appointment. A copy service is not available. Please arrive on time for your appointment, applicants who arrive late for their appointment cannot be accepted and will need to book a new appointment.
Mobile phones and bags are not allowed in the premises of the German Embassy.
Please cancel your appointment if you do not want to or are not able to keep it, so that other applicants can use this appointment again.
If you have any questions about booking an appointment, please read the instructions below.
Applications for Schengen visas can be submitted a maximum of 6 months before the start of your journey. Please submit your applications as early as possible in order to get an appointment on time.
National visa applications can be submitted several months before the start of the scheduled entry. We recommend that you try to get an appointment in advance, as in many cases the processing time can be several months.
Check our appointment booking system from time to time - if appointments are cancelled, we will open them for booking again. An appointment mightstill be available on your preferred date.
Since all applicants claim a certain urgency for their visa applications, moving forward an appointment is neither possible nor permissible as part of equal treatment.
Cancel the appointment using the cancellation link provided in your appointment confirmation. You can then immediately book a new appointment.
If you did not show up for your appointment or showed up with incomplete application documents, you will need to book a new appointment.
All the data in your appointment booking must be correct, otherwise you will not be admitted to the Embassy. If you have made a mistake, please cancel the appointment using the cancellation link provided in your appointment confirmation. You can then immediately book a new appointment with correct details.
Please check your spam folder first - you may find the confirmation email there. If not, write us an e-mail via the contact form stating your passport number, date of birth and the date of your booked appointment. We will then be pleased to send you a new appointment confirmation.
If you have been asked by the Embassy to submit additional documents, this can be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 14:30 and 15:30 without prior appointment. Please note that you will only be admitted if you can provide proof of the submission request and that the application has been submitted. Enquiries about the status of the case will not be answered during the interview.
Important information for making an appointment for family reunification with persons entitled to Protection (refugees recognised in Germany or persons entitled to Subsidiary Protection):
For applicants in the national appointment category “Category 2: Only for refugees recognised in Ethiopia - applications for family reunification with a refugee recognised in the Federal Republic of Germany (not to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection)”, an appointment list has been made available due to high demand. To register in this category, the following requirements must be met:
- Applicants are registered as refugees in Ethiopia with RRS/UNHCR and the reference person in the Federal Republic of Germany has been granted refugee status.
- The reference person must be a holder of one of the following residence permits: Residence permit according to § 25 para. 2 1st alternative AufenthG or residence permit according to § 25 para. 2 GFK AufenthG, settlement permit according to § 26 para. 4 AufenthG.
Applicants and the Embassy are supported in the acceptance and preparation of applications by the Family Assistance Programme (FAP) of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). You will be contacted by IOM via the contact details provided during registration. The subsequent acceptance of the application will also take place at IOM/FAP.
You will be contacted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). IOM will then allocate dates for the submission of applications in the order of priority of registrations. IOM will help you prepare your application, inform you of the application acceptance date in due course, then accept the application at the appointment, inform you of any documents that are still missing and conduct an interview.
Please also note:
- If the reference person holds a residence title other than those mentioned above or is a German/EU national, an appointment in category 3 must be booked.
- Applicants for reunification with a family member being awarded subsidiary protection may not register on this waiting list/category 2 or in category 3. Instead, registration must be made on the waiting list for appointments to apply for a visa for family reunification with a person being awarded subsidiary protection of the Federal Foreign Office.
For questions beyond the detailed information provided on the website, please contact the visa section via the contact form.