Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Colombo

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Thanks for your interest in visiting Germany, Austria, Hungary or Latvia!


On the next page, you will be asked if you want to apply for a “Schengen Visa” or a “Residence Visa (only for Germany)”.

  • A Schengen visa is for short trips, including tourism and business trips, visits to friends or family in Germany, Austria, Hungary or Latvia and airport transit.
  • A residence visa is the correct visa if you intend to move to Germany in order to work or study there, or to live there with your spouse or other family member.

Please make sure that you choose the correct category, as we cannot honor appointments that have been booked in the wrong category. If you are unsure, please send us an email to before booking a wrong appointment by mistake.

Please be aware that you need to book one appointment for every person in your party. With Schengen visa you have the option to book up to four appointments with one inquiry, if there are still appointments available in the same time slot.

In order to avoid waiting times for our customers, please book only one appointment. Please note that the German Embassy will delete all your appointments, in case you book more than one appointment and that in this case we will not accept your application.

The German Embassy can only accept applications for Schengen visa if you are traveling to Germany, Austria, Hungary or Latvia as your main destination.

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 etc.), you have to apply at the Embassy of that State.

You should apply for a Schengen visa 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) usually have a processing time of more than two weeks.

All applicants are kindly asked to take note of these important regulations concerning travel documents/passports:

(a) its validity has to extend the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least 3 months (not applicable for residence visa)

(b) it has to contain at least two blank pages;

(c) it must have been issued within the previous 10 years. If it has been issued before that, your passport can not be accepted. That even applies in cases where the validity has been extended by the authorities of your home country.

If your passport does not meet all of these requirements, you will need to get a new passport before applying for a visa.

Every applicant has in general to appear in person at the Visa Section of the German Embassy.

Additional important information will be sent automatically to you via email after you have successfully booked an appointment.


The address of our Visa Section is:

43, Temple Lane

Colombo 3

Sri Lanka


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For Germans only: Passport/German ID-Card

Applicants for German passports and German ID-Cards are required to book an appointment.

For detailed information on how to apply for a German passport or ID card and what documents to bring, visit our website on Please familiarize yourself with the procedures before making an appointment for your passport application. For every family member an individual appointment is required.


The address of our Passport Office is:

43, Temple Lane

Colombo 3

Sri Lanka


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