1. Processing of visa applications
In cases where exceptions apply which allow entry to Germany, travellers can contact the German Institute Taipei via the contact form. You can find a list of these exceptions further down under the heading Urgent need. Visas can currently only be issued in the specific exceptional cases listed below:
- Applications complying with the exceptions to the entry restrictions (pursuant to the notification from the European Commission of 16 March 2020 – 155 final):
- healthcare professionals and health researchers, care professionals
- cross-border workers, transport personnel employed in the movement of goods and other essential sectors (e.g. air crews)
- diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers insofar as they are performing official duties
- passengers in transit (including those being repatriated to their homeland with consular assistance)
- passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
- persons in need of international protection or travelling for other humanitarian reasons
- Applications for family reunification
- Applications from skilled workers from the following categories:
- skilled workers with a concrete job offer as defined by the Skilled Immigration Act and as evidenced by the Declaration regarding a contract of employment (Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis)
- secondments and in-company transfers (ICT) restricted to managers and specialists
- IT experts
- employment in particular public interest
This also includes C visas for urgent business trips on condition that the applicant can provide sufficient evidence (e.g. verification from their employer) that it is absolutely essential for them to enter Germany even taking the pandemic situation into account.
A prerequisite in each case is proof of an obligation to be present in Germany (e.g. employment contract) and prima facie evidence that employment is necessary from an economic perspective and that the work cannot be postponed or carried out from abroad (presentation of verification from the employer/contractor). Economic necessity refers to economic relations and/or Germany’s economy or that of the single market. Relevant documentation must be carried and presented to border control personnel.
For more Information please check the following link:
Essential business travel to Germany (Update from Sep. 16.2020)!!
- Students This exemption applies to all those who have a notification of admission. It does not, however, apply to University applicants and those who wish to travel to Germany for a language course and then look around for a course of study (isolated language course). C visas for students are still not permissible.
- Participants in additional training opportunities with the goal of having vocational training courses completed abroad recognised. Here, too, confirmation is required from the training provider that it is necessary for them to enter Germany even taking the current pandemic situation into account (actual, not merely online presence).
- School pupils who are attending a boarding school for a period of at least six months (possibly with prior language course)
2. Restrictions on entry to Germany
As a rule, entry from Taiwan is not possible due to existing entry restrictions. More information is available below under the heading Urgent need.
For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.
In principle, entry is possible from:
- EU member states
- states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- the United Kingdom
- Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.
Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.
3. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany
In principle, no quarantine applies for entry to Germany from Taiwan. Quarantine may, however, be necessary if travellers have stayed in a risk area in the 14 days prior to entry. More details are available below under Risk areas.
The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.