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Unmarried Partners from third countries enter Germany

12.08.2020 - Article

According to the decision made by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), from 10th August 2020 unmarried partners are permitted to enter Germany for the purpose of short-term visits of max. 90 days within 180 days. This permission is limited to the following case constellations:

  1. Couples who travel to Germany together for urgent personal reasons (e.g. attending marriages, medical emergencies, funerals of close relatives of the partner who has close ties to Germany). One partner must be German or EU national. A declaration about the urgency of the travel  must be presented to the immigration authorities when entering Germany together with the declaration of existence of the relationship signed by both Partners. You can download the declaration here:
    Declaration of the existence of the relationship for Joint entry PDF / 484 KB
  2. Couples who are currently separated (one partner must be living in Germany) and would like to see each other again. The inviting partner in Germany can be a German,  an EU or a third country national holding a long-term residence Permit. The couple is in a long-term relationship/partnership and both partners have met in person in Germany at least once or the couple had a previous shared residence in another country until recently. A declaration of the existence of the relationship signed by both Partners must be presented to the Immigration authorities when entering Germany. You can download the declaration here:
    Declaration of the existence of the relationship PDF / 481 KB

Both constellations require a long-term relationship. During their relationship both partners must have met at least once in Germany or must have lived together abroad before. Corresponding proof has to be presented in form of e.g. photos, entry/exit stamps in passport, social media.

Further information can be found on the web site of Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI):

BMI


Taiwanese passport holders with ID-number are eligible of visa free travel to Germany for a maximum duration of 90 days within 180 days. Upon entering Germany a declaration has to be presented to the immigration authorities explaining the relation to the reference person in Germany.

Holders of Taiwanese passports without ID-number (persons who have recently been naturalized as Taiwanese nationals) and third country nationals who require a visa for entering Germany for 90 days within 180 days must apply for a Schengen-visa prior to their departure to Germany. During the application process  a declaration has to be presented to the visa office explaining the relation to the reference person in Germany. This declaration must also be presented to the immigration authorities when entering Germany.

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