Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Kapstadt

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National Visa / permanent residence

 Thank you for your interest in working in Germany !

 As a result of a change in the law, the requirements for the visa to start work will change on July 1, 2020.

A National Visa is the right visa if you want to enter Germany for  work, study or live with your spouse or another family member.

Citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea and EU citizens can enter Germany without a visa and apply for their residence permit in Germany.

To apply for a visa, your passport must have at least two blank pages and it must have been issued within the last ten years. A passport that is older than ten years and has been renewed for a period of more than ten years from the date of issue cannot be accepted.

Visa applicants must provide their biometric data, including fingerprints and a digital photo. All documents relating to your visa application must be submitted in the original and 1 copy.

To apply for a residence permit, the German Consulate General works closely with the immigration authorities of the intended place of residence in Germany. For the granting of a residence permit, it is essential that we obtain the approval of the competent immigration office. The processing time can therefore vary from case to case depending on the Aliens Department. The standard processing time is 4-8 weeks.

Exception: Applications for taking up gainful employment. Here there are shortened processing times.

A residence visa is usually issued for a period of 90 days or 180 days. All visas entitle the holder to enter the Schengen countries.

The visa processing fee is 75 euros and is only payable in cash at the time of application (in ZAR, based on the daily exchange rate of the Consulate General).  Minors pay a reduced fee.

If your visa application is rejected or you withdraw your application, you will not receive a refund of the fee already paid.

  Please note that only one application can be processed per appointment. Families generally need one appointment per person.  Appointments are not transferable.  If an appointment is delayed by more than 15 minutes, a new appointment is required.

The Consulate General Cape Town is responsible for visa applicants resident in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. If you live outside these districts, please apply for your visa at the German mission responsible for you in Pretoria. If you would like to book an appointment due to a (family/medical) emergency in Cape Town, please contact us beforehand by email. Emergencies must always be proven.

Please make sure that you choose the right category, as we cannot consider appointments booked in the wrong category. If you book an appointment in the wrong category, it will be deleted without further notice.

Please note that appointments of applicants who are not from our administrative district must unfortunately be cancelled.

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 Safety Instructions:

Consular clients may bring a bag to the waiting area.  The size of the permitted bag is: 35 cm/14 inch (length) x 30 cm/12 inch (height) x 20 cm / 8 inch (width).  Bags larger than this size are not permitted.

For security reasons, it is not permitted to bring mobile phones, laptops, tablets or similar electronic devices into the Consulate General. Visitors carrying unauthorized items will be denied access.

 The German Consulate has lockers for mobile phones.   Please take precautions to store all other items elsewhere before entering.


 Thank you for your understanding.



German Passport/ID-Card

Welcome to the online booking system of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cape Town

Appointments to apply for a German passport.




Significantly increased numbers of new Covid-cases in South Africa unfortunately require the limitation of customer service.

Due to this, available appointments to apply for a passport have been limited.



Consular matters

 On the next page you can book appointments for the following consular matters:


I.                    Family Matters

  • Name declarations
  • Registration of a birth
  • Registration of a marriage abroad

Before booking an appointment, please read the information provided on our website and ensure to provide the relevant form duly completed as well as the required documents listed on the website as originals including two full sets of copies.


For other family matters, e.g. recognition of adoption, kindly read the information on our website and contact us with further questions via e-mail to:

Please note: This is not a passport appointment!


II.                  German Citizenship

  • Determination of Citizenship
  • Naturalization process
  • Retention approvol (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung)
  • Retention, discharge and waiving of German citizenship

Please familiarize yourself in advance with the procedure and documents to be submitted on our website: Please bring the required documents in the original including two sets of copies as well as the completed application form to your appointment.


Questions (appointments) on citizenship law:

If you have any questions regarding citizenship law or wish to book an appointment, please contact:

Questions (appointments) on inheritance law (certificates of inheritance):

If you have any questions regarding inheritance law, please contact