Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Accra

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Schengen Visa (short term stays of up to 90 days)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the Heads of State and Government of the EU and the associated States have introduced temporary travel restrictions for all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area. Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020.

As of July 1, 2020, travel restrictions will only be lifted for a few countries with low infection rates. Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone are not amongst those countries, thus, the travel restrictions are still in place for persons who reside in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone until further notice.

The Consular and Visa Section of the German Embassy offers only limited consular services until further notice. The Visa Section will not accept any Schengen Visa Applications as long as the travel restrictions are in place. The Visa Section also does not offer any Walk-In service until further notice.

Please also have a look at the information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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Short term visa for a stay of up to 90 days within 180 days in the Schengen Area

For example this type of visa is required for/to:

- visit relatives or friends

- business trips

- attend a conference/training

- visit a trade fair

- tourism

- medical treatment

- sports or other competitions

Please read carefully BEFORE booking an appointment:

The following persons are exempt from booking an appointment for Schengen Visa:

  • Frequent travellers; these are applicants who have had two (2) Schengen visas within the last three (3) years or one (1) Schengen visa with a minimum validity of one (1) year within the last three (3) years or one (1) Schengen and one (1) visa from UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia or New Zealand in the last three (3) years
  • Travellers with an invitation from the German Government, GIZ, KfW, DAAD or a German Political Foundation
  • Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders
  • Travellers on behalf of the Ghanaian/Liberian/Sierra Leonean Government (Note Verbale of the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs required!)
  • Travellers for urgent medical treatment
  • Spouses of EU nationals and parents of minor EU nationals (for visits only!)
  • Delegates and participants of UN conferences and events in Germany
  • Employees of German companies, both registered in Germany and Ghana travelling on official business

These applicants can present themselves personally from Mondays to Thursdays before 10.00 am ath the Visa Section, in order to submit their visa application. Please take into consideration that Walk-In slots are limited to 20 applicants per day.

The Walk-In option is not viable for groups of five or more persons. In this case, the group either has to book group appointments for Fridays or split up the group and apply individually.

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National Visa (long term stays of more than 90 days)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the Heads of State and Government of the EU and the associated States have introduced temporary travel restrictions for all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area.

Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020.

The Consular and Visa Section of the German Embassy only offers limited consular services until further notice.

Please also have a look at the information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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You have to book an appointment in this category, if you want to apply for a National Visa to stay in Germany for more than 90 days or take up permanent residence. For example:

- studying / doctorate

- research

- taking up employment

- vocational training

- Au-Pair / Voluntary Work

- internship (longer than 90 days)

- re-entry (after loss of passport or expiration of residence permit)

- family reunion to a holder of a DAAD scholarship living in Germany / holder of a Blue Card EU

 

Please note that the passport number of the applicant is a mandatory field. If the passport number of the applicant is not entered correctly, the appointment is considered null and void!

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Family Reunion

Visa requirements for family reunion

Please bear in mind that you need to book one appointment per person (that also applies if you apply together with a child).

1. Family reunion for children. You need to apply for this visa if a child is supposed to join one or both parent(s) in Germany.

2. Family reunion - joining a German (unborn) child. You need to apply for this visa if the mother or the father of a German (unborn) child wants to join this German child in Germany. It also applies if the parent wants to move to Germany together with the (unborn) child.

3. Visa application for an intended marriage in Germany. You need to apply for this visa if you have a fiancé(e) in Germany and are planning to get married after the arrival in Germany.

4. Family reunion – joining a spouse. You need to apply for this visa if you want to join your spouse in Germany.

It is essential that you read the information leaflet provided on our website www.accra.diplo.de/visa carefully. You should only book an appointment once you are in possession of all the required documents. In case that the documents are not complete at the time of your interview, your application cannot be accepted and a new appointment has to be booked.

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German Passport

If you do not have residence in Germany anymore, but in Ghana, Sierra Leone or Liberia, the German Embassy in Accra is your competent passport office.

If you recently moved to Ghana, you should apply for a change of residence in your passport by showing the deregistration certificate from your former city of residence.

Every applicant has to appear personally (also minors).

PLEASE NOTE: if you are applying for the first German passport of a child which was NOT born in Germany, often a paternity acknowledgement and almost always a name declarartion are legal procedures which have to be completed BEFORE the passport application.

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