Visa & Customs information
Do I need a Visa for my travel to Germany?
Where can I apply for a Visa for my travel to Germany?
I want to travel via Germany to another European city – Where do I have to apply for my Visa?
Which documents do I need to apply for a Schengen Visa?
How can I apply for a Schengen Visa?
When do I have to apply for the Schengen Visa?
What do you have to consider when you spend your holidays in Germany?
What goods am I allowed to introduce to Germany free of duty?
How much cash am I allowed to bring to Germany?
Which souvenirs do I have to pay special attention to?
What is the clearance procedure?
Holders of a United Arab Emirates passport require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Germany and the Schengen states.
Besides Germany the (European) Schengen states include France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
If Germany is your main destination you need to apply for the visa (also called Schengen visa) at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Khalid bin al Waleed Road
Dubai Islamic Bank Building (1. Etage)
Near Bur Juman Shopping-Center
United Arab Emirates
Tel.: 971 -4-397 23 33
Fax: 971 -4-397 22 25
You need to apply for the Schengen visa at the Embassy of the country of your main destination. For example if you plan to fly via a German airport to Zurich (Swiss) you need to visit the Embassy of Switzerland.
I want to travel via Germany to several European cities – Where do I have to apply for my Visa?
If you plan to visit several Schengen countries and you do not have one main destination, you have to apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy of the country where you will first enter the Schengen area; in this case Germany. So you have to apply for your visa at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
You need to bring the following documents with you to the embassy
- A passport valid for at least 6 months
- Completely filled in an signed application form »
- Two photographs with biometric characteristics not older than 6 months
(neither stapled nor glued). Specifications are as follows:
Minimum size of 3.5cms x 4.5cms
A frontal view of the face, which covers 70-80% (32-36mm) of the photo
A uniform and light-coloured background
Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or frame of glasses
Headcoverings of any kind are unacceptable, except for religious reasons.
- one instruction letter signed
- confirmed hotel booking in the form of a pre-paid voucher or an invitation letter
from the host company in Germany or an appointment letter from a German hospital
- holiday health insurance policy and a photocopy thereof
(covering all the Schengen States with a minimum coverage of 30,000 €)
German Consulate General is cooperating with the external service provider VFS in setting up a visa service center on Al Hudaiba Road next to the Capitol Hotel. All visa applications should be handed in at this center. Applications can only be handed in at the Consulate directly by prior appointment made through VFS.
Visa Service Center
Jumeirah Palms Residence (next to the Capitol Hotel)
Al Hudaiba Road, Dubai
Completed applications should be submitted at the relevant foreign mission,
depending on the primary destination as determined by the purpose, length of stay and country of first entry minimum 5 days before intended date of departure from Dubai.
On entry into Germany you must pay attention to the import regulations and you will have to keep to national and EC-import regulations for the items you are bringing. In general you may import your baggage into Germany free of import duties and without any customs formalities.
Please pay attention to the facts, that:
- goods you are bringing with you and which are intended to stay in Germany (e.g. presents for the hosts) are only free of duty if they do not exceed the duty and tax- free allowances.
- you are not allowed to bring for your holidays neither items prohibited in Germany nor goods prohibited entry.
- or items subject to restrictions (limitations) you must submit to Customs a written customs declaration on entry and must be in possession of the required certificates.
Travelers may introduce goods free of duty from a third country into Germany under the conditions, that the traveler accompanies the relevant goods and that the goods are intended for private use and consumption.
If these requirements are met, the following quantity and value limits apply:
Tobacco products, if the importer is at least 17 years old:
- 200 cigarettes or
- 100 cigarillos or
- 50 cigars or
- 250 g tobacco for smoking or
- proportionate amounts of each
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, if the importer is at least 17 years old:
- 1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22 percent by volume or undenaturated ethyl alcohol with an alcohol content of 80 percent by volume or more or
- 2 liters of spirits, aperitifs of wine or alcohol, taffia, sake or similar drinks with an alcohol content of 22 percent by volume or less or
- proportionate amounts of each and
- 4 liters of non sparkling wines and
- 16 liters of beer
- the quantity required for personal use during the trip
- for air travelers up to a total value of EUR 430
Any person entering of leaving the European Union must with 10,000,- Euros or more or its equivalent in other currencies or easily convertible assets (bonds, shares, traveler’s checks) must make a declaration.
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Many species of flora and fauna which are used for travel souvenirs and gifts are endangered in their population or even threatened by extinction. Meanwhile, especially exotic species of fauna and flora are subject to strict import regulations. Many travelers do not realize that the purchase of such souvenirs may result in rude awakening. Please ask Customs for advice.
Apart from the commercial value of a Buddha figure, without a special permit of the Fine Arts Department you are not allowed to export any kind of Buddha figures or parts of Buddha figures from Thailand. Exempted are very small figures and only one per person. In general you have to pay attention to the export of antiques and works of art.
After you have picked up your baggage you have to pass through either the red or green exit (channel). Which channel you must pass depends on the nature of goods you are bringing. Information boards inform you about customs regulations.
You can go through the green exit if all the goods you are carrying are free of import duties, not subject to prohibitions and restrictions and if they are not subject to any formalities according external law.
Otherwise you will need to use the red exit and declare the relevant goods to Customs.
If you have commercial goods, you will always need to use the red exit and declare the goods, even if the goods are free of duty.
Please note that you may be stopped for checks even in the green channel.
For further, detailed information, please visit the webpage of the German Ministry of Finance »