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Unmarried Partners from third countries enter Germany

03.12.2020 - Article

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. Visits by the third-country partner to a non-married/non-registered partner in Germany. The partner issuing the invitation must be a German citizen, a citizen of another EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom or a third-country national with a long-term residence permit for Germany.
    A. It is conditional on the relationship/partnership being long term, i.e. intended to be lasting, and both partners having met in person at least once (the meeting does not need to have taken place in Germany).
    B. Appropriate documentation must be provided as proof:
    - A written invitation from the person resident in Germany (including a copy of ID papers),
    - A declaration by both partners on the nature of the relationship
    Here you can download Declaration to relationship (Visit) PDF / 328 KB
    - A proof of prior meetings in person (specifically in the form of passport stamps or travel documentation/airline tickets or proof of a joint place of residence abroad (e.g. residence registration certificate)). Supplementary proof can be provided in the form of documentation such as photos, social media, letters and email correspondence.
    C. Where there are urgent reasons
  2. Joint visits by unmarried couples from abroad (e.g. wedding, illness or funeral of close relatives). One of the partners must be a German citizen or a citizen of another EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
    A. It is conditional on the relationship/partnership being long term, i.e. intended to be lasting and on both partners having a joint place of residence abroad.
    B. Appropriate documentation must be provided as proof:
    - A declaration by both partners on the nature of the relationship and the essential reason for entry
    Here you can download Declaration to relationship (Joint visit) PDF / 327 KB
    - Proof of the existing relationship, particularly proof of a joint place of residence abroad (e.g. residence registration certificate). Furthermore, proof can be provided in the form of photos, social media, letters and email correspondence.

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 the above mentioned documents and declaration have to be presented to the immigration authorities 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  the above mentioned documents and declaration have 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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