Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Boston

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German Passports & Identity Cards


To apply for a passport, you need an appointment. Appointments can only be booked online. Please book one appointment per person and application even if you apply as a family. (i.e. 1 adult, 2 kids: 3 appointments). Make sure you appear on time at the beginning of your appointment. If you fail to arrive on time, you will automatically lose your slot and need to book a new appointment.

The necessary application forms, a list of the required documents and other useful information regarding your application can be found here. It is absolutely necessary to follow the instructions and come prepared with all documents.

LAST NAME in the German passport

If your last name has changed after marriage or divorce, or if you are applying for a minor for the first time and you as the parents do not have a joint last name according to German law, a name declaration will be necessary.
The following links provide further information – please read it thoroughly prior to booking an appointment! 

ONLY once your new name / the child’s name has been registered and confirmed by the German registrar's office (Standesamt) can you book an appointment for a passport.
At present, name declarations have to be submitted by regular mail; in-person-application is not possible. You may send the application straight to the German Standesamt. For further information, please click on the links above. 


Important information on the availability of appointments

In observance of the regulations due to COVID-19 (i.e. social distancing), the German Consulate has to limit the number of applicants present in the building at the same time. Therefore, increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected.
Appointments for passport applications can only be booked for up to four weeks in advanceNew appointment slots are made available daily. If you are not successful in obtaining an appointment today, please try again later.
If you need an emergency appointment, please contact us via our contact form. Your message must contain specific information and evidence on why your case does not allow for any delay and calls for immediate action; otherwise you will not receive a response.

 If you arrive late for your appointment, access to the Consulate will be denied. If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it through the link provided in your confirmation email to make the slot available for other customers. 

Many GPS models and online route planners know the German Consulate in Boston, but some map versions have us incorrectly located. Please follow the instructions on our website:


THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy!



Visa for Germany and the Schengen States

Up-to-date information on Covid-19 entry regulations can be found here


It cannot be ruled out that Germany and/or other EU countries could reinstate travel restrictions if the Covid-19 pandemic situation should worsen.  Therefore please note the following:
A visa issued to you does not, on its own, guarantee your entry into Germany. Whether entry to Germany is granted is decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) only upon your arrival at a German airport/border. The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.


Information on booking your appointment:

Please book only one time slot for your application. Each applicant needs one appointment. In case of multiple bookings, all of your reservation will be cancelled without giving notice! Please note that the use of mobile devices may result in reduced functionality or wrong bookings. We therefore recommend using desktop computers or laptops when making online appointments.

Please note that the date format for making an appointment is dd/mm/yyyy.


Application forms:

Please ONLY use the application forms you find on our webside. Do NOT fill out just any application form you find through an internet search.
The application form for Schengen visa applications (for a stay of less than 90 days) is available here.
The application form for national visa applications (for a stay of more than 90 days) is available here.


Please note the following important regulations concerning your passport/travel document:
1. Your passport's validity has to extend beyond the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least 3 months
2. Your passport has to contain at least two blank pages
3. Your passport must have been issued within the previous 10 years. If it was issued before that, your application can not be accepted. This rule also applies if the validity has been extended by the authorities of your home country.
If your passport/travel document does not meet all of these requirements, you will need to obtain a new passport before applying for a visa.

Further information on how to apply for a visa is available on our website. Please click here


Short-term visa

Who can apply for a short-term visa at the German Consulate General in Boston?
The German Consulate General can o n l y accept applications if you are traveling to Germany as your main destination and live in our consular district. If you are traveling to more than one of the Schengen states, and the main destination is not Germany but another Schengen State (for example France, Italy, Spain), you have to apply at the Consulate of that state.

Processing time: You should apply for a visitor visa (tourism, business trips) at least 2 weeks before, but no longer than 3 months before your planned trip. If the time between your appointment and your planned trip is less than two weeks, your visa might not be ready in time. Residence visa (study, employment, moving to Germany) have a processing time of 4 - 10 weeks.

Application via surface mail: In case you received a Schengen visa within the last 5 years for which your fingerprints were taken, you may send in your Schengen visa application per surface mail. We accept complete applications only. Processing will in most cases take 1 - 2 weeks. Please click here for further information.

Many GPS models and online route planners know the German Consulate in Boston, but some map versions have us incorrectly located. Please follow the instructions on our website:



Consular matters

Please book your own appointment for selected consular services such as notarizations, certifications, citizenship matters etc. 

Make sure to select the correct appointment category; if you book an appointment in the wrong category, your booking will be deleted and you will have to book a new appointment at a later date. If no category is available for the service you require, please contact us via the contact form on our website instead to make an appointment.

For your appointment, you need to be on time, present complete documentation (please check the information on our website!), follow physical distance guidelines and wear a face mask.

Access can only be granted to the applicants themselves (only exception: minors accompanied by their parents).


Many GPS models and online route planners know the German Consulate in Boston, but some map versions have us incorrectly located. Please follow the instructions on our website:


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