1. Do I need a visa?
Singapore citizens in the possession of a valid passport do not need a visa to enter the countries of the Schengen Agreement, including Germany, as tourists or business travellers if they stay not longer than 90 days within 6 months. However, if you would like to work or complete a training programme during this time you will have to apply for a long-term visa (residence permit).
Other nationals might require a visa to enter Germany. To ascertain whether you need a visa please click on the following link for an overview of the countries: List of states
Please note: With effect from 14 August 2020 the German Embassy will no longer process visa applications for the Schengen area on behalf of Portugal. Please contact the Portuguese Embassy.
2. Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?
Please submit your application for a Schengen Visa to the representative of the country which - considering the main purpose of your intended stay - is your main destination. You may find an overview of all missions accredited to Singapore here: Overseas missions in Singapore
If you reside in Singapore and your main destination is Germany or Portugal you have to submit your visa application at the Visa Application Centre which is operated by VFS Global and located at 79 Anson Road #15-02. Visa applicants must apply for appointments directly with VFS Global and submit the visa application at the Visa Application Centre: www.vfsglobal.com/germany/Singapore
The Visa Application Centre will charge a service fee.
Please note that the German Embassy cannot issue visa based on incomplete applications. If an application is submitted without the required documents for the purpose of travel the application will be turned down and you will need to book a new appointment with VFS.
3. Validity of a Schengen Visa
According to the Schengen agreement, tourist and business visa are valid for travel to all Schengen member states. However, you always have to apply at the embassy of the country which is your main destination.
4. Passport requirements (relevant for all types of visa)
The passport must be valid for at least the duration of your trip. However, we recommend traveling with a passport which is valid for at least 3 months counting from the date of anticipated return to Singapore. If you apply for a residence permit for Germany your passport has to extend the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least three months. The passport needs to contain at least two blank pages.
5. Visa appointments for national visa
To apply for a national visa at the German Embassy you need to book an appointment (online booking): Book an appointment
Please note that each applicant needs to book the appointment individually, e.g. a family of four members has to book four appointments. Groups with more than 10 applicants should contact the visa section before booking an appointment. In order to expedite the application process you should check regularly for cancelled appointments.
To re-schedule your appointment to a cancelled time slot please cancel your previous appointment and re-register for the available time. Please make sure that you only book your time slot when you are certain that you can come. Booked but not kept appointments will lead to unnecessary delays for other applicants.
6. Complaints about the Schengen visa application process
Schengen visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the external service provider VFS Global, or the visa application process via the contact form: Contact form
In the contact form, please select the option “Schengen Visa Complaints/Beschwerde zum Schengen-Visum-Verfahren”. Please note that complaints may only be submitted in German or English. We are unable to follow up on complaints in languages other than German or English.
Please enter one of the following three options in the “Subject” field of the contact form:
- Complaint about the conduct of consulate staff
- Complaint about the conduct of the external service provider VFS Global
- Complaint about the visa application process
We will follow up on your complaint once it has been received.
Important information: No legal remedies against decisions to refuse, annul or revoke a visa – in particular no remonstrations – may be submitted via the complaints contact form.