Online visa appointment

Read carefully before scheduling your visa appointment:

Please note that you have to reside in Kenya, Eritrea, Burundi, Somalia or Sechelles for more than six months in order to be eligible to apply with the Embassy in Nairobi.

  • All persons wishing to apply for a visa to visit Germany must book an appointment in advance through the electronic booking system. The only exceptions are for Frequent Travellers and Note Verbale holders.
  • One applicant = one appointment (no matter of age/including children). The online booking system will only issue one appointment, for one applicant.
  • Groups (10 persons or more) who travel together have to contact the Embassy's visa section to ask for a group appointment. Group appointments cannot be obtained on short notice. Each member of the group will have to provide his/her own complete visa application.
  • Appointments are usually available within the next 5 to 8 weeks. However, please check the system regularly as free slots might become available due to canceled appointments.
  • Make sure to select the right visa category (short-term or long-term).
  • Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail within 24 hours.
  • Applicants who misuse the booking system will be blocked. Any further bookings will be denied. This measure is in the interest of the majority of honest applicants.
  • It is urgently advised not to book appointments through agencies or any other third party. You will be held responsible for any misuse in your name.
  • Only applicants whose names and passport numbers have been used for the online application will be granted access to the Embassy.
  • Try to book your appointment as early as possible, as soon as you get to know about your trip to Germany,  even if you don’t have all necessary documents yet.
  • Short term visa applicants only: please note that the earliest you can schedule your appointment for a short term visa (Schengen cat. C) is 90 days before the intended beginning of your journey.
  • All application forms, visa information documents and appointments are free of charge. If you have been charged for any of these, please report immediately to the Embassy.
  • Visa fees have to be paid in Kenya Shilling in cash.

Book your visa appointment here:

Simplified visa application

The following groups can benefit from simplified visa application procedures:

Frequent Travellers

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 for a Schengen visa 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]

Diplomatic passport holders

Diplomatic passport holders residing in Kenya may lodge their application by special appointment. These applicants should contact the Embassy's visa section to arrange for a special appointment.

Note Verbale holders

Note Verbale holders residing in Kenya may lodge their application by special appointment. These applicants should contact the Embassy's visa section to arrange for a special appointment.

U.N. Laisser-Passer holders

Holders of United Nations Laisser-Passer travel documents, regardless of their nationality, on official duty only, do not need a visa to travel to Germany for a short-term visit of up to 90 days. Please be prepared to provide proof of your official mission as well as your nationality (national passport) upon entering Germany. You are also expected to provide proof of travel insurance upon entering Germany.

Holders of U.N. Laisser-Passer travel documents intending to enter Germany for a private visit must apply for a visa with their national passport. You are kindly advised to follow the general rules and requirements provided by the German Embassy in Nairobi.

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.

+254-(0)20-4262 140
+254-(0)20-4262 129