Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Washington

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I. Visa Applications

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

-          Employment as qualified worker
-          Study (no language course)
-          Family reunion
-          Transit

If you intend to enter Germany for one of the above mentioned purposes of stay, you can book an appointment to submit your visa application here. Please note that applications for any other reason of stay will not be accepted. If you attend an appointment, your application will be refused.

Please note that a visa is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Germany as this is at the discretion of the German border police.

If you are a US citizen and intend to move to Germany for studying or family reunion, please be aware that you are still allowed 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: There is also information available if a visa is required. Please read the information provided thoroughly before you book an appointment.

The Embassy serves the following U.S. States: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. If you live outside the Embassy’s jurisdiction, please contact the German Consulate which serves your U.S. State.

Please be aware that appointments at the visa section are usually well booked in advance. Special appointments can usually not be granted. If you are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel it to allow other customers to submit their application. Once you cancelled your appointment, you will be able to book a new one.


II. German Passport and ID Card

For detailed information on the German passport and ID card application procedures as well as a list of required documents, visit our website. Please familiarize yourself with the procedures before making an appointment for your passport application.

During each appointment only one application can be processed. Therefore, an individual appointment is required for every family member. Should you wish to apply for a passport and an ID card at the same time, please book two successive appointments. Due to high demand for passport application appointments, waiting times for an appointment may be increased. Please consider this while arranging your personal travel plans.

If you have any questions about the booking system, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail only at