A Schengen visa (also called a tourist visa or Category C visa) 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 are not allowed to work or study in Germany with a tourist visa.

Australian, Israeli, Japanese, Canadian, South Korean, New Zealand and American citizens do not need a tourist visa. They can spend up to 90 days in Germany and other Schengen countries1, 2. If they want to stay longer than 90 days, or work in Germany, they need a National Visa.

European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norwegian and Swiss citizens do not need a tourist visa. They can live, work and study in Germany without a visa1.