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Transit / Airport Transit

Overview

Your final destination is outside of the Schengen area and you wish to transit through Germany or stay in a German airport in order to reach your final destination? Then apply for a transit or airport transit visa. Please find the difference between a Schengen visa, a national visa and an airport transit visa in our FAQ list.

TRANSIT - The transit visa allows you to stay in Germany or in the Schengen area for a maximum of five days before your departure for your final travel destination outside the Schengen area. This visa gives you the right to leave the international airport zone (example: change of terminals if this is related to the entry into Schengen area or change of airports). You might also need a transit visa if your connecting flight is a Schengen-internal flight. Proceeding to a connecting flight with destination in Schengen means you cross border control and enter Schengen and need a transit visa (example: flight from Beijing via Frankfurt and Madrid to final destination in Buenos Aires).

An airport transit visa is required depending upon the country of your citizenship and whether you have residence permits or visas of certain countries.

AIRPORT TRANSIT - Your final travel destination is outside Germany /the Schengen area and your flight booking involves a transit time at a German airport below 24 hours to connect to your final destination.

Chinese citizens do not need an airport transit visa for a stay in the international transit area of a German airport. Only if you leave the international transit area (example: change of terminals or departure airport, or connecting flight destination within the Schengen area) Chinese citizen enter the Schengen area by leaving the transit zone and thus need a transit visa.

For transit through a German airport, please check on the website of the European Commission if you need transit or airport transit visa. And check your travel itinerary and the circumstances of every airport with your travel agency or airline prior to your departure.

Visa Fees

VFS is collecting three types of application fees:

  • Visa fees, which are collected on behalf of the consular authority for the application processing.
  • Application Service fees, which correspond to the standard application processing service provided by VFS.
  • Added Value Service fees, which correspond to optional added value services you have used during the application process.

Attention: The payment of the above fees does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. The visa fee and the service fee are both non-refundable and non-transferable after the application is transferred to the consular authority, the visa application is denied by the administration or the applicant decides to terminate his or her application.

Visa fees

Visa Category EUR* CNY*
Schengen visa 60 475
(Airport-)Transit Visa 60 475
Children between 6 and 12 years of age 35 275
Children under 6 years of age 0 0

* The fee is fixed in Euro but payable in Renminbi only.

The exchange rate between EUR and CNY is decided by the Consular Authority and updated periodically, therefore the CNY amount you are requested to pay may differ from those quoted above.

Please note that the visa fee receipt is provided by the Consular Authority and the fee is indicated in EUR and CNY.

Visa Fee of 35 EUR is stipulated by a visa facilitation agreement with the EU for citizens of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.

For those nationals of Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Albania, Ukraine and Georgia who hold non-biometric passports the visa fee is EUR 35.00

Visa fee exemptions

The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

1    School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training, if part of the local curriculum (respective proof has to be provided)

2    Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations

3    Researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research

4    Spouse and underage children of German citizens

5    Parents of underage German citizens

6    Family members of EU/EEA nationals, provided they enjoy freedom of movement

7    Exhibitors at German trade fairs holding an official exhibitor badge (original exhibitor badge has to be presented when lodging the application)

8    Persons officially invited by a German public institution and travel and accommodation expenses are covered by

9    For replacement of a previous visa in a passport that has no empty pages any more with a new visa sticker in the applicant's new travel document (same validity as previous visa)

Application service fee

The service fee, mandatory for all visa applications is 15 EUR, RMB 118 CNY per application inclusive of taxes.This fee corresponds to the standard application processing service provided by VFS (i.e. Information provision, appointment booking, visa application reception, data processing, etc.).

Added Value Service fees

For more information, please check the Added Value Service page

Mode of Payment:

  1. Counters accept pay by Cash/WeChat/POS
  2. Via Post either bank deposit or bank transfer only
Bank Details – BEIJING
Bank Name 中国建设银行北京新源支行
China Construction Bank, Beijing Xin Yuan Branch
Account Number 1105 0166 5100 0000 0759
Account Name 北京东方天晓出入境服务有限公司
Beijing Eastern Tian Xiao Business Consultation Co., Ltd.
Bank Details – WUHAN
Bank Name 中信银行武汉新世界支行
China CITIC Bank,Wuhan Xin Shijie Branch
Account Number 8111 5010 1220 0548 288
Account Name 武汉环签服商务咨询有限公司
Wuhan Huan Visa Service Business Consulting Co., Ltd
Bank Details – XI’AN
Bank Name 上海浦东发展银行股份有限公司西安文景路支行
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., ltd,Xian Wen Jing Road Branch
Account Number 7213 0078 8012 0000 0419
Account Name 西安宁致出入境服务有限公司
Xi’an Ningzhi Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd
Bank Details – JINAN
Bank Name 中国农业银行股份有限公司济南大观园支行
Agricultural bank of China Co.,Ltd, Jinan Da Guanyuan Branch
Account Number 1515 4101 0400 2223 8000 0000 001
Account Name 济南泰斗出入境服务有限公司
Jinan Taidou Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd.
Bank Details – CHANGSHA
Bank Name 招商银行长沙岳麓支行
China Merchants Bank, Changsha Yuelu Branch
Account Number 731907076210901
Account Name 长沙海环出入境服务有限公司
Changsha Hai Huan Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd.
Bank Details – SHENYANG
Bank Name 中国银行沈阳北站支行营业部
Bank of China, Shenyang North Station Branch Banking Dept.
Account Number 2999 7727 6577
Account Name 沈阳交远因私出入境服务有限公司 
Shenyang Jiaoyuan Private Outbound Service Center Co., Ltd
Bank Details – CHENGDU
Bank Name 兴业银行成都人民南路支行
Industrial Bank, Chengdu Renmin South Road Branch
Account Number 4312 6010 0100 0485 8201 0023
Account Name 成都中恒天信出入境服务有限公司
Chengdu Sino Visa Eternal Exit & Entry Immigration Co., Ltd.
Bank Details – CHONGQING
Bank Name 上海浦东发展银行股份有限公司重庆市分行营业部
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., ltd, Chongqing Branch Banking Dept
Account Number 8301 0078 8014 0000 1489
Account Name 重庆泰福出入境服务有限公司
Chongqing Taifu Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd
Bank Details – KUNMING
Bank Name 建设银行昆明景江花园支行
China Construction Bank,Kunming Jingjiang Garden Branch
Account Number 5305 0190 5049 0000 0437
Account Name 昆明海环出入境服务有限公司
Kunming Hai Huan Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd
Bank Details – GUANGZHOU
Bank Name 建设银行广州天河支行
China Constrcution Bank, Guangzhou Tianhe Branch
Account Number 44050158130100002314
Account Name 广州泰斗出入境服务有限公司
Guangzhou Taidou Immigration Service Co.,Ltd.
Bank Details – SHENZHEN
Bank Name 中国银行深圳深南支行营业部
Bank of China,Shenzhen Shennan Branch Business Department
Account Number 745871703049
Account Name 深圳市泰斗实业有限公司
Shenzhen Taidou Industrial Co., Ltd
Bank Details – FUZHOU
Bank Name 建设银行福州城东支行
China Construction Bank, Fuzhou Chengdu Branch
Account Number 3505 0161 0007 0000 4536
Account Name 福建东亮因私出入境服务有限公司
Fujian Dongliang Nonofficial Exit & Entry Service Co., Ltd
Bank Details – SHANGHAI
Bank Name 中国建设银行上海第五支行
China Constrcution Bank, Shanghai Di Wu Branch
Account Number 31050166360000000292-0032
Account Name 上海申慧因私出入境服务有限公司
Shanghai Shenhui Overseas Affairs Service Co., Ltd.
Bank Details – NANJING
Bank Name 北京银行南京分行营业部
Bank of Beijing, Nanjing Branch Banking Dept.
Account Number 2000 0035 2892 0002 6658 143
Account Name 南京泰斗商务咨询有限公司
Nanjing Taidou Business Consulting Company Ltd.
Bank Details – HANGZHOU
Bank Name 兴业银行股份有限公司杭州凤起支行
Industrial Bank Co., ltd,Hangzhou Fengqi Branch
Account Number 3569 1010 01000 85928 010001
Account Name 杭州易达行商务咨询有限公司 
Hangzhou Leader Business Consultant Ltd

Photo Specifications

Photo

Please submit two passport photos which should fulfill the following criteria (conform to ICAO standards).

The photos are part of the biometric data, mandatory for a Schengen visa application.

  • Colour photo on a white background
  • Size: 3.5 x 4.5cm
  • Taken from the front with the subject looking directly at the camera
  • Mouth must be closed, not teeth visible
  • Without shadows in face
  • Wearer of glasses: the eyes must not be covered by the frames of the glasses
  • Sharp, not blurred, high pixel resolution (600 DPI)
  • Face covers 70-80% of the photo
  • Recent photo, not older than 6 months
  • Photo should not be modified with Photoshop

The photo will be imprinted into the visa sticker and must fulfill these criteria. The photo is stored in different databases (central register for foreigners, visa information system), so that a comparison can take place when entering the Schengen area.

Photos which are older than 6 months are not accepted by the visa section and applications containing photographs that are older than 6 months will be rejected and not processed. In order to avoid this, we advise you to take new photos right before the visa application submission.

Processing Time

Regular processing time of a Schengen visa application of Chinese nationals at a German mission in China is within a few working days only, provided the application material is complete. Although the German missions in China aim to process short stay Schengen visa within 48 hours an early lodging of your application is recommended.

Your application is transferred from the visa application centre to the visa section either on the same day or the following workday. If the application is submitted in a visa application center of a city without German consular presence (Changsha, Jinan, Wuhan, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing, Kunming) it might take 1 to 3 additional workday(s) one way on average due to the postal delivery of applications to the competent consular authority.

The Visa Code stipulates a processing time of 15 calendar days. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

Download Forms

Schengen visa application form

Please complete the following application form in full. Print a copy of all pages, sign it and submit it with your remaining visa application documents. For more information, read the user guide or the launch assistant directly on the website.

The application form has to be signed personally by the applicant. For applicants under 18 years of age, the application form must be signed at least by one of the parents or legal guardian.

Please make sure you have provided a valid e-mail address in the application form. All further information regarding your visa application (e.g., requests for additional documents / information) will be sent to your e-mail address mentioned in the application form.