(Schengen visa, category C, valid up to 90 days)
Athlete visas are intended for Kenyan athletes who want to participate in official sports competitions in Germany. An official invitation as well as a formal obligation letter from the promoter in Germany as well as authorisation from the Kenyan Athletics Association is necessary (see below).
Athlete visas are category C Schengen-visas and can be valid up to 90 days. If Germany is not your main destination (in terms of duration of stay), you will have to apply at the Embassy of the country in which you intend to stay longest.
To apply for your visa at the German Embassy Nairobi:
- Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
- Make sure you have all the necessary documents
- Book your visa appointment online
- Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
- Wait app. 3-5 working days for approval of your visa request
- Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
- Welcome to Germany!
Who can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi?
Athlete visas will only be issued to Kenyan nationals residing in Kenya. Nationals of other countries or Kenyans residing in another country will not be able to apply.
Documents required for athlete visa
The following documents are required for an athlete visa. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications, forged documents and false information will result in immediate rejection and might lead to prosecution.
Original passport of applicant and one copy of the same. The passport must be valid up to a minimum of 3 months after intended return journey. The passport must have at least two empty pages and cannot be older than 10 years.
Applicants can fill in their visa application form online. This form - the VIDEX form - will also generate a personal barcode that can be scanned at the Embassy and will ease the application process. The form needs to be filled in online but needs to be printed out, signed by the applicant and presented alongside the other required documents.
Go to the VIDEX online form
VIDEX information document (English) [pdf, 26.07k]
Original and one copy of medical insurance for the duration of stay, with minimum cover of EUR 30,000 and valid for the whole Schengen area.
Please note: the following list of insurance companies only lists the Kenyan insurance companies which fulfill the Schengen requirements for medical insurance. The insurance can also be purchased from any other insurance company operating in any Schengen country if fulfilling these requirements.
List of Schengen approved insurance companies [pdf, 77.64k]
Written invitation of the German sports promoter (in German), including the formal obligation to cover all costs. Original (no older than six months) and one copy, both sent to the applicant (not the German Embassy).
List of the promoter including all contests and venues the athlete shall participate in.
Copy of the contract between the athlete and the promoter.
Written confirmation of the promoter in Germany that the athlete will not work in between contests.
Recommendation letter of the Kenya Athletics Association including the name of the athlete, duration of stay and list of all contests and their venues.
Book your visa appointment now!
Visa appointments can only be obtained online. Please note that processing of a category C Schengen visa (e.g. business, visitor's, medical) will take 7 working days (in exceptional cases up to 15 working days). The processing of a long term category D visa (e.g. marriage, family reunion) can take up to 9 weeks.
Online visa appointment
Schengen visa (short-term):
- Adult (12 years and above): EUR 60,-
- Minor (6-11 years): EUR 35,-
- Child (0-5 years): exempted
National visa (long-term):
- Adult (18 years and above): EUR 75,-
- Minor : EUR 37,50
- By credit card (international cards only)
- Cash, payable in Kenya Shillings, at the Embassy's current exchange rate
Exemption of fees (all categories, free visa):
- Spouses and minor children of German or E.U. nationals
- Parents of German or E.U. minor children
Download your athlete visa check-list
You will find all information regarding application procedures and the list of required documents on this check-list:
Checklist Athletes [pdf, 423.23k]