Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Boston

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German Passports & Identity Cards

Passports can only be applied for with appointment. Appointments may only be booked online. Please book one appointment per application and per person, i.e. individual appointments per family member. Make sure you appear on time at the beginning of your appointment. In case of a delay, 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 on our website her:


If your last name has changed after marriage or divorce or if you are applying for a minor and do not have joint last name according to German law a name declaration will be necessary.

Name Declaration for Spouses

Name Declaration for a Child

Only after your new name has been registered and confirmed by the German registrar's office, you can book an appointment for a passport and file your application.

If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it through the link provided in your confirmation email in order to make your appointment available to other applicants.



Please be advised, that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the German Consulate has to limit the numbers of applicants entering the building at the same time.
Therefore, increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected.

Furthermore, as regulations on entering the German Consulate can be changed at short notice, appointments for passport applications (in urgent cases only) can only be booked for up to three weeks in advance. New appointment slots are made available on a regular basis. Please check back on a later date if you are not successful today.
Emails requesting a (earlier) passport appointment will not be answered unless it is clearly a very urgent case which does not allow any delay and calls for immediate action. 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you arrive late for you appointment, access has to be denied.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding

Stay safe!



limited consular services due to COVID-19

Dear Madam / Sir,   Dear customers,

we would like to inform you that due to the current situation with COVID-19, the German Consulate in Boston is closed to the general public (no walk ins accepted), our staff is working remotely or in teams.
Therefore the Consulate had to adjust its legal and consular services offered.

At present in-person-attendance for a selected number of consular services are by appointment only. To book the following legal and consular services only, email giving details on your specific case and services needed.

- Certification of signature
   (if required by an authority in Germany, i.e. in real estate, commercial or inheritance matters and an attestation by a US notary public is not accepted by the requesting authority)

- Police clearance certificate / Führungszeugnis

-  Affidavits to be used in Germany (i.e. Standesamt)

All other legal and consular services (i.e. registration of birth, name declaration, citizenship applications) do not require personal attendance and will thus only be provided via mail (postal services). Please refer to our website to read up on specific consular services, processing, application forms, general information:

Please also follow the information posted on our website at

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation   and -   stay healthy!



Due to the ongoing corona virus outbreak and the associated travel restrictions to Germany the Consulate General can currently only offer very limited regular appointments for visa. Please refrain from requesting additional appointments. Please refer to for further information about current travel restrictions to Germany and their timeframe

Due to the EU travel ban which is in force indefinitely for third-country nationals travelling from the US, visa applications can o n l y  be accepted in these exceptional cases:

  • highly qualified employees of companies in Germany as long as their employment is economically important and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad. 
    This mainly applies to senior managers, employees with an annual income of at least 55,200 euros or employees in the health or IT sectors
  • Study (at a university, no language courses only)
  • Family reunion/visitor visa for immediate family member of citizen of the EU, the EEA, the UK, legal residents of Germany 
  • Airport Transit
  • visitor’s visa (exclusively for unmarried partners in a long-term relationship – please see website for requirements)
  • essential business travel

Only if you intend to enter Germany for one of the above mentioned purposes of stay and have relevant documentation proving it (e.g. contracts; work permits) , you can book an appointment to submit your visa application.

Please note that applications for  a n y  o t h e r  reason of stay cannot and will not be accepted. If you attend an appointment, your application will be refused.


If you are a US citizen and intend to move to Germany for the purpose of study or family reunion, please be aware that you are still allowed and welcome to enter Germany visa free and apply for your residence permit at your place of residence.
A visa process is not necessary.

Information about the visa process can be found on our website:
Please read the information provided thoroughly before you book an appointment.

Increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected in light of the recent closure of the visa section.
Furthermore, as regulations on entering the German Consulate can be changed at short notice, appointments can only be booked for up to two weeks in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel it immediately to allow other customers to submit their application. Once you cancelled your appointment, you will be able to book a new one in the future.


It cannot be ruled out that Germany and/or other EU member states will reintroduce entry restrictions in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following:

-          The visa issued does not in itself guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.

-          Whether or not entry to Germany is granted will be decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei).

-          As a general rule, it is only upon your arrival at a German airport/border that the Federal Police will decide if you are granted entry to Germany.

-          The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.