Visa, Passport, ID card and Consular Services

Welcome to the visa, passport, ID card and legal section of the German Embassy. Whether you are looking for a visa for Germany, or like to apply for a German passport or ID card, this site will guide you through the application process and allow you to download the relevant documents. You will also find information on numerous other consular matters such as inheritance, marriage in Germany or certification of documents.

Schengen Visa

Visa

Whether you are planning a short term visit, attend a business meeting, or take up studies or employment in Germany - here you can find information on the visa application process and required documents. 

Deutscher Reisepass

Passport

This section contains the most important information about German passports, including the appointment and application process as well as relevant forms for downloading. 

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Electronic ID card

You can apply for an electronic ID card at the German Embassy London from 22 January 2013. We advise you gather the necessary information on the functionalities of the electronic ID card as well as the differences between it and a passport before your application.

German Passport

German Citizenship

The German rules on citizenship were thoroughly revised with the entry into force of the amended Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz) on 1 January 2000. Find more information about citizenship here.

Register

Naming Law and Civil Status Certificates

Information on name declarations at birth, after marriage or divorce, as well as registering births and marriages.

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Legalisation

If you need a certification of a signature or full notarisation of a document, please have a look at the information provided on notorial certification according to German law.

Legal & Consular Services

Other Consular Services (A - Z)

Here you can find information on a range of other legal and consular matters such as marriage in Germany, birth, name declarations or signature certifications.

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Links and addresses

This section provides useful addresses and links to other websites.

Pension consultation

International pensions consultations: Your German and British pension rights

On 28 and 29 October the annual international pension consultations will take place in London. Here you will find more information about this event, which will be held at the German YMCA / Lancaster Hall Hotel this year.

Visa, Passport, ID card and Consular Services

Quick links

Visa

For general enquiries regarding Schengen visas and appointments please contact VFS:

www.vfsglobal.com/germany/uk

Phone:
0871 376 2101

Passport and ID cards

Passport and ID card appointments at the Embassy in London can only be booked online with the German Foreign Office.
Book an appointment

Opening Hours Applications:
Monday - Fridayonly with appointment
Passport collection:
Monday - Friday8.15 - 10.30am
Monday - Thursday13.45 - 14.30pm

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:
Monday - Friday8.15 - 12.00pm
Monday - Thursday13.30 - 16.00
Pre-recorded information on passports is available 24hrs
Telephone0207 824 1426
Enquiries via e-mail  
Further information on passports
Further information on ID cards
Address

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Passport and ID card Section
1-6 Chesham Place
Belgrave Mews West
London SW1X 8PZ

Fax:
0207 824 1449 (please do not send any documents prior to application submissions)

Public Holidays

The Embassy and the Legal and Consular Section will be closed on the following German and British holidays in 2014:

Public holidays 2014
Wednesday, 1 January
New Year's Day
Friday, 18 April
Good Friday
Monday, 21 April
Easter Monday
Thursday, 1 May
May Day
Monday, 5 May
Early May Bank  Holiday
Monday, 26 May
Spring Bank Holiday
Thursday, 29 May
Ascension Day
Monday, 9 June
Whitsun
Monday, 25 August
Summer Bank Holiday
Friday, 3 October
Day of German Unity
Wednesday, 24 December
Christmas Eve
Thursday, 25 December
Christmas Day
Friday, 26 December
Boxing Day
Wednesday, 31 December
New Year's Eve

Customs

For information regarding customs matters e.g. importation or exportation of goods please contact the Customs Information Center Dresden:

Opening hours
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Phone:0049 351/44834-530
Fax:0049 351/44834-590
E-mail: zoll%27%de,enquiries%27%english

Useful downloads

Postal Address

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
1-6 Chesham Place,
Belgrave Mews West
London SW1X 8PZ
Office hours: Monday - Friday only with appointment

Consulate Finder

Each Mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist you, what the hours of operation are, and how to reach it, please use our interactive Consulate Finder.