Bangladeshi nationals, living in the jurisdiction of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and intending to travel to: Germany, Estonia and Hungary for tourist or business (including trade fairs) purposes as well as the purpose of visiting friends and family members may apply for a Schengen Visa (Category C).
A Schengen Visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (Schengen Member States).
Should you however only be transiting through the Schengen area, you may apply for an Airport Transit Visa (Category A). This visa allows a short stop-over at an international airport only. Neither leaving the airport’s international transit area nor overnight stays in a hotel is possible. If you need to leave the international transit area (i.e. in order to catch a connecting flight at another airport to leave the Schengen area), please apply for a regular Schengen visa.
Information for Non-Bangladeshi applicants who have valid residence status/permit in Bangladesh:
An application can only be filed in case you have a valid Bangladeshi Residence Permit with at least three months validity after the date of departure from the territory of the Member States.
Please refer to the German Embassy's following checklists (leaflets) to answer all your questions depending on the purpose of your short visit:
- Tourist visa requirements
- Business/Trade Fair/Congress visa requirements
- Visiting family & friends visa requirements
- Cultural visit visa requirements
- Short Stay with EU or German Spouse/ Parent / Child visa requirements
- Seamen or Sailors visa requirements
- Airport Transit visa requirements
- Medical Treatment / Medical Escort visa requirements
Preparing your application
After carefully reading the corresponding checklist (leaflet), please prepare your application as follows:
- Please fill out the visa application form: Videx Please make sure that your printer is attached to your computer and the power is on, because after filling up the visa application form, you have to print it. When you print the visa application form, a barcode with a visa application number will automatically be printed on the visa application form.
- Download, print and sign the Declaration of Consent
- Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application according to the corresponding checklist (as given above) for your purpose of visit.
- If documents or supporting documentation are missing, your application may not be accepted.
- Please make an appointment to submit your application. You may submit your application three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest.
Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring all the necessary documents with you to your appointment.
Submitting your application
In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit your visa application, photograph and all related documents, pay the visa fee (in cash, BDT only) to the Visa Officer and answer questions about your planned trip. Your fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.
What happens during processing?
The Embassy will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing generally takes eight days. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries can only be answered if they are made by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorised in writing by the applicant.
Return of your passport
As soon as the Embassy has decided on your application, you can collect your passport within a period of eight days. You should collect your passport in person. If you are not able to collect it yourself, you can authorise another person to collect it for you. In order to do so, please write a "Power of Attorney" ("Letter of Authorisation"). Please understand that your passport is a very important document, therefore the Person who comes on your behalf must have a Picture ID (national ID or passport photocopy), without which the Visa Section will not hand over your passport.
There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.
Have a good trip!
If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa. Our aim is to give you a certain amount of flexibility in planning your trip. In order to allow you to change your travel dates at short notice, visas are usually valid for 15 days longer than the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.
Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance cover. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.
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