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Dreaming of exploring the beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Germany? To turn your travel aspirations into reality, you’ll need to navigate the process of obtaining a German visa. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps, fees, and tips to make your journey to Germany a seamless experience.

Visa Application Process:

  1. Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos:
    • All visa applications are typically processed at the Consulate General in Lagos.
    • German Embassy in Abuja issues visas only in exceptional cases.
  2. Location and Contact Details:
    • Consulate General in Lagos: 15 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.
    • German Embassy in Abuja: 9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama.
      • Phone: +00234-9-220-8010/8011, +00234-70-6410-8800, +00234-80-5880-8800
      • Fax: +00234-9-220-8009
      • Email: info@abuja.diplo.de
  3. Visa Fees:
    • Short-term Schengen Visa (up to 90 days): 60 euros (approximately 30,000 Naira).
    • Long-term National Visa (over 90 days): 75 euros (approximately 37,500 Naira).
  4. Document Verification Fees:
    • Northern states: 250,000 Naira.
    • Other locations: 180,000 Naira.
    • Fees subject to change; check with the German Embassy for updates.
  5. Types of Germany Visas:
    • Short-term Visa (less than 90 days): For visits, business meetings, or family gatherings.
    • Long-term Visa (over 90 days): For joining family, work, study, or medical treatment.
  6. Specific Visa Categories:
    • Student Visa: For students, researchers, and language course participants.
    • Au Pair Visa: For one-year voluntary work or as an Au Pair.
    • Work Visa: For those seeking employment in Germany.

Visa Application Guidelines:

  1. Booking an Appointment:
    • Online booking for appointments takes a few minutes.
    • Each applicant, including family members, must book a separate appointment.
  2. Interview and Documentation:
    • Attend the interview promptly to avoid delays.
    • Incomplete documents may lead to application rejection.
  3. Exemptions from Visa Application:
    • Transit visas, official duty travelers, urgent medical treatment, and certain experts may be exempt.
    • Regular travelers with a history of Schengen state visits may qualify for an interview waiver.
  4. Submission Process:
    • Applications can be submitted in person or through a third party with written authorization.
    • Arrive early as daily admissions have limits.


Embarking on a journey to Germany is an exciting endeavor, and securing the right visa is a crucial step. By following the outlined steps and staying informed about the latest fees and regulations, you’ll be well-prepared to make your travel dreams a reality. Always check with the German Embassy for the most up-to-date information, and start your adventure with confidence!

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