Visitor's visa

(Schengen visa, category C, valid up to 90 days)

Visitors' visas are intended for persons who want to visit friends or family in Germany. An official invitation as well as a formal obligation letter from the host in Germany is necessary for this type of visa (see below).

Visitor's 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:

  1. Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
  2. Make sure you have all the necessary documents
  3. Book your visa appointment online 
  4. Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
  5. Wait app. 3-5 working days for approval of your visa request
  6. Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
  7. Welcome to Germany!

Who can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi?

  • Kenya residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue category C Schengen visa (e.g. business, visitor, medical) to applicants residing in Kenya (Kenyans and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass.

  • Seychelles residents: exempted/yes

    Seychellois nationals: Seychelles national passport holders are exempted of the Schengen-space visa obligation for stays not exceeding 90 days (in any 6 month period). 

    Other nationals: third-country nationals residing in the Seychelles will have to apply in person at the German Embassy in Nairobi. Please note that applications can no longer be lodged at the French Embassy in Mahé.

  • Burundi residents: no/yes

    Burundi nationals residing in Burundi: no. These applicants will have to apply at the Embassy of Belgium in Bujumbura.

    Third-country nationals residing in Burundi: yes. These applicants will have to apply in person at the German Embassy in Nairobi. Please note that applications con no longer be lodged at the Embassy of Belgium in Bujumbura.

  • Eritrea residents: no

    No. Applicants residing in Eritrea will have to apply at the Italian Embassy in Asmara.

  • South Sudan residents: no

    No. Residents in South Sudan (South Sudanese nationals and other) will have to apply at the German Embassy Kampala, Uganda.

Documents required for visitor's visa

The following documents are required for a visitor's 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.

  • Passport

    Kenyan nationals: 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.

    Nationals other than Kenyans, residing in Kenya: like Kenyan nationals, but must have a valid residence permit and re-entry permit for Kenya in addition.

    Somali nationals: original passport of applicant and two copies 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. Somali passport holders furthermore need a special permit to be exempted from holding a valid passport, as Somali passports are not accepted by German authorities. A special permit to be exempted from holding a valid passport is also needed, as Somali passports are not accepted by German authorities.

    Exemption from holding a valid passport (in German) [pdf, 181.5k]

  • Photographs

    Two identical biometric photographs, passport size (3.5cm x 4.5 cm), no older than 3 months, bright background, one attached to application form and one loose.

    Biometric photograph instructions [pdf, 550.79k]

  • Application form

    VIDEX form

    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]


    Somali nationals:
    two Schengen visa application forms (VIDEX), duly filled and signed.

  • Medical insurance

    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]

  • Invitation letter by host in Germany

    An invitation letter by the host living in Germany, giving the guarantee to cover all costs. The letter has to be sent to the applicant (not the Embassy).

  • Formal obligation letter from a German Aliens Department

    Formal obligation letter filled in by the host living in Germany, stating a guarantee to cover all costs incured by the applicant during the stay in Germany. Original (no older than 6 months) and one copy, sent to the applicant (not the Embassy).

    The formal obligation letter ("Verpflichtungserklärung") has to be obtained by the host from an Aliens Department ("Ausländerbehörde") in Germany. Alien Departments are the German public authority responsible for foreigners. They are usually located in every administrative district ("Landkreis"), mostly in the town hall of the district town ("Kreisstadt").

    Exemption: the applicant can be exempted from the above-mentioned obligation letter if he/she can proove that he/she is able to finance the stay on his/her own (pay-slips, bank statements of the last 3 months).

  • Proof of employment & leave letter

    If your are an employee, you will need to provide a letter from your employer authorising your leave and stating your position, monthly income and amount of annual leave days. You will also need to provide a postal address, telephone number and information on the activities of your company.

    If you are self-employed or owner of your business, you will need to provide your business registration certificate as well as bank statements of the last three month of the company. You will also need to provide a postal address, telephone number and information on the activities of your company.

    If you are a low income earner or not employed, you will need to provide a marriage certificate (for spouses) or birth certificate (for children), showing a link to an income earner. If travelling without an income earner, and if travel not being taken care of by a host in Germany, you will need to provide proof of sufficient funds for the trip (not less than EUR 150 per day).

  • Proof of financial means at home

    Proof of financial means in your country of residence: pay-slips (if employed) and bank statements of the last 3 months.

  • Proof of family roots

    The applicant will need to show proof of his/her family roots. Married applicants will need to provide their marriage certificate. Applicants with children will need to provide the birth certificates of their children.

  • For students and pupils (additional requirements)

    Your student identification card and/or a letter from your university/college/school including postal address and telephone contacts, stating your registration details. If you are travelling outside school holidays, you will also need a letter from your university/college/school excusing you from attending classes.

  • Minors not accompanied by both parents

    • Birth certificate, and:
    • Statement of consent (no older than 3 month, stating purpose and date of travel by the parent(s) not accompanying the minor with the signature certified by a notary public, or:
    • Official court ruling regarding custody, which certifies the parent not accompanying the minor as sole custodian, and/or relevant affidavit made in the presence of a notary public, or:
    • Death certificate of the deceased parent

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.

Visa fees

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


Payment options:

  • 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 visitor's visa check-list

You will find all information regarding application procedures and the list of required documents on this check-list:

Checklist Visit [pdf, 423.57k]
Checklist visitor's visa (Somali nationals) [pdf, 555.64k]

Frequent Travellers: simplified visa procedures

Frequent Travellers can apply for a visa every Monday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm without special appointment.

Are you a Frequent Traveller?

Frequent Travellers are applicants who have had at least two Schengen visas or a one/multiple year visa within the last 24 months and have travelled at least twice to Germany/Schengen space within the last 24 month.

Applicants in this category can apply every Monday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm without special appointment. These applicants do not have to apply in person*. Nevertheless, due to the limited number of applications which can be accepted**, it is however recommended to book a normal appointment online.

Only complete applications will be processed. A part from the fast-tracked appointment procedure, all other requirements for the applied for type of visa (business, visitor etc.) remain the same. In addition, frequent Travellers will also need to fill in a medical insurance declaration form.

Frequent Traveller health insurance declaration [pdf, 55.6k]

Schengen visa take 3-5 working days to be processed (in exceptional cases up to 15 working days).

[* In some cases, the Embassy can request the applicant to appear in person]
[** Strictly on "first come, first serve" basis. Depending on visitor's traffic, the German Embassy cannot guarantee all applications to be received the same day]

Contact the visa section

Visa section

Telephone service of the visa section (information only):

Tue and Thu 15:00-16:00 hrs (Kenya)
(Summer CET + 1h, Winter CET + 2h)


Kindly note that all visa inquiries must be directed to the below-mentioned e-mail address. Please do not use the contact form for visa inquiries.

Phone:
+254-(0)20-4262 140
Fax:
+254-(0)20-4262 129

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What is Schengen?

Schengen is a small town in Luxemburg, bordering both France and Germany. It is here that, on 14 June 1985, the Schengen Agreement was signed. One of the key points of the agreement was (and still is) the complete abolition of border controls between the member states, thus facilitating free movement of goods and persons within the Schengen space.

What does this mean for non-EU citizens? Anyone holding a uniform Schengen visa (which is the visa issued for short-term stays in Germany) may also enter any other fully implementing country during the visa's validity period.

Schengen member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.