A Schengen visa (also called a tourist visa or Category C visa1) allows you to visit Germany and other Schengen countries. A tourist visa allows you to stay in Germany and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days. You can't work or study in Germany with a tourist visa.

If you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, you don't need a tourist visa. You can visit Germany and Schengen countries for up to 90 days without a visa1, 2. If you want to work or study in Germany, you need a National Visa.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you don't need a visa to visit Germany. You can live, work and study in Germany without a visa1.