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Spending time abroad

Follow your dreams of travel. But whether you are planning a semester abroad, want to visit exotic destinations or will be travelling with children in tow, safety and health are important. Here you will find information for long, short or unusual stays abroad.

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Apply for a national visa

If you want to enter Germany for a longer stay, you have to apply for a national visa.

Apply for a passport

In many countries outside the European Union (EU), you need a passport to enter the country. If you have German citizenship, you can apply for a German passport.

Apply for a passport due to expiry of validity

An extension of the passport is not possible. If the passport has expired, you must be issued a new passport if the passport is still needed.

Apply for a passport due to name change

After a name change during a marriage or the establishment of a civil partnership, a new passport is required. The issuance of a new passport is only necessary if the passport...

Apply for a passport expressly

The delivery time for a passport is usually at least 2 weeks. If you need a passport at short notice, you can apply for the passport in an express procedure.

Apply for a passport for frequent travelers

A passport with 48 pages can be issued for frequent travelers.

Apply for a passport replacement if you lose your passport abroad

If you have lost your passport abroad or it has been stolen and you wish to travel home or onwards, you must have replacement travel documents issued abroad. You can apply for these at the German diplomatic mission in the country you are traveling to.

Apply for a second passport

In principle, no one may hold more than one passport. However, if you can prove a legitimate interest, you may be issued with a second passport.

Apply for a temporary passport

A temporary machine-readable passport is only issued if the time itself for issuing an express passport (production time on weekdays within 72 hours) is too short and it can no...

Apply for a visa for a short stay in Germany and the Schengen area

Nationals who require a visa for a short stay in Germany or in the Schengen area must apply for one at one of the missions of the Federal Republic of Germany in good time before entering the country.

Apply for an emergency travel document for foreigners

If, as a foreigner, you discover that your travel documents have expired shortly before you leave Germany, you can apply for an emergency travel document under certain conditions.

Apply for diplomatic passport or service passport

If you perform official duties for the Federal Republic of Germany abroad, you may be issued an official passport by the Federal Foreign Office under certain conditions. Depending on the activity, you may receive a diplomatic passport or a service passport.

Applying for a death certificate for death abroad

Properly issued death certificates from abroad are generally recognised in Germany. There is no obligation to re-notarize.However, the subsequent entry in the death register can...

Applying for a death certificate for Germans abroad without German residence

If a German or a German without a permanent residence in Germany dies abroad, you can have the death subsequently notarized at the responsible German registry office.  

Applying for a death certificate in the event of death on a foreign seagoing vessel

You can apply for the subsequent certification of a death on a foreign seagoing vessel in a German death register at the responsible German registry office.

Applying for a passport abroad

If you live abroad, you can apply for your German passport at a German diplomatic representation abroad.

Applying for a passport due to a name change

After a name change due to divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, a new passport is required. A new passport only needs to be issued if the passport is still being used.

Applying for a residence permit to participate in the European Voluntary Service

If you wish to participate in a European Voluntary Service under EU Directive 2016/801, you can apply for a temporary residence permit

Applying for an emergency travel document

In the event of an emergency, you can be issued with an emergency travel document by the border authorities (Federal Police) before you travel, provided that you are a national of Germany or another EU Member State or have a secure residence status.

Check children's passport status

If you have applied for a children's passport, you can always obtain information about the processing status.

Check passport status

You can inquire about the processing status of the passport at the responsible office.

Emergency aid for Germans abroad

Germans who find themselves in an emergency situation during their stay abroad can contact the nearest German diplomatic mission abroad.

Enter in the crisis precaution list for Germans abroad

Germans who are abroad can register on the Foreign Office's crisis precaution list. This enables the responsible mission abroad to contact them quickly in an emergency.

Have your passport changed

In the event of changes such as a change of name due to marriage, registered civil partnership, divorce, dissolution of a civil partnership or other data, the passport must be amended or reissued.

Issuing a death certificate in case of death abroad

You can apply for the issuance of a German death certificate for a death occurring abroad at the responsible German registry office.

Pick up your passport

Would you like to pick up your passport? Find out more here.

Report a child's passport

You are obliged to report the loss of the children's passport immediately. A message is required for the following events: Report of theft Notification of loss Report for...

Report the discovery or loss of a passport

If you lose or find your passport, you must report it. This also applies if your passport is stolen.

Report the theft of a child's passport

The theft of a child's passport must be reported to the competent authority.

Report the theft of a passport

You must immediately report the theft of a passport to the competent authority. There is no obligation to apply for a new passport. If a passport is still required, a new...

View travel and safety information on the website of the German Foreign Office

Travel and safety information for your destination can be found on the website of the German Foreign Office.