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German Visa From Sri Lanka

Many Sri Lankan travelers seeking to visit Germany may be curious whether they need a German visa from Sri Lanka. Well, yes. One must obtain a German visit visa from Sri Lanka or a Schengen visa before traveling to Germany or any of the Schengen countries. Germany is one of the 26 European countries that teamed up to operate with a standard visa policy by eliminating internal border controls. As a result, Sri Lankans and many other nationalities must obtain a Schengen visa when traveling for tourism, family visits, business, and other purposes.

Apply for a German visa from Sri Lanka and travel to Germany either for tourism, business, or to spend time with loved ones.

German Visa From Sri Lanka
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Types of German Visa For Sri Lankan Passport

Generally, there are two types of visas: short-stay and long-stay visas. Short stay visa is valid for less than 90 days and is granted to those traveling for :

Family or friend visits
Family or friend visits
Seaman & Transit
Seaman & Transit

Arabiers does not cater to long-stay visa requirements, so you must visit the German consulate in Colombo to obtain one.

German Short Stay Visa Fee for Sri Lankans

The Germany visa fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

These are the visa fees for both single and multiple-entry visit visas

Adults and Children above 12 years
80 Euro
Children between six and 12 years
40 Euro
Children under six years

German Short Stay Visa for Tourism

The German Short Stay visa for tourism, often known as the Schengen tourist visa, is granted to Sri Lankans traveling for brief vacations in Germany and other Schengen countries. Sri Lankans may apply for a German tourist visa when traveling for leisure, sightseeing, visiting family or friends, or any other non-business related or non-study related activity.

Required Documents for Germany Tourist Visa

  • Your current and previous passport
  • Your passport-sized photos taken against a white background
  • Financial Proof, such as a bank statement
  • Travel Insurance
  • Your Previous Travel History
  • Employment or Business Documentation
  • Confirmed booking (travel itinerary) and a roundtrip air ticket
  • Proof of accommodation during the stay in the Schengen area
  • Other supporting documents

German Visit Visa

The German visit visa from Sri Lanka is granted to individuals traveling to Germany and other Schengen countries to visit their relatives and friends or attend private events.

Requirements for German Visit Visa for Sri Lankans

  • A valid passport and a previous one, if any
  • An invitation letter and proof of relationship
  • Your photos taken against a white background
  • Proof of finances
  • Employment or Business Documentation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Confirmed booking (travel itinerary) and a roundtrip air ticket
  • Proof of accommodation during the stay in the Schengen area
  • Other supporting documents

German Business Visa

The business visa is granted to individuals travelling to Germany for business purposes such as attending conferences, meetings, negotiations. The visa is valid for 90 days within a period of 180 days.

German Business Visa Requirement for Sri Lankans

  • A current and previous passport
  • An invitation letter and proof of relationship
  • Photos taken with a white backdrop
  • Proof of finances
  • Business documentation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Confirmed booking (travel itinerary) and a roundtrip air ticket
  • Accommodation proof during the stay in the Schengen area
  • Other supporting documents

Get a visit visa for Germany from Sri Lanka and explore this picturesque country.

Germany Travel Visa Validity

Single-Entry Visa
This visa allows one entry into the Schengen area and is typically valid for the specific dates of your planned trip. You can stay for up to 90 days in the Schengen zone with a visa, after which it becomes invalid.
Single-Entry Visa
Multiple Entry Visa
Multiple Entry Visa
This visa type allows you to enter and exit the Schengen area multiple times during the visa validity period. The maximum duration of stay is still 90 days, but you may use the visa for various trips into the Schengen zone during its validity.
Limited Validity
A Schengen visa’s validity is typically limited to a specific duration, often ranging from a few weeks to several months. The validity period is based on the reason for the visit and the decision of the issuing authority. It is essential to adhere to the visa's specified validity dates to avoid overstaying fines and penalties.
Limited Validity

Application for a Short Stay German Visa For Sri Lankan Nationals

The German tourist visa process is a seamless and hassle-free experience when you leave it to Arabiers, an authorized visa agent in Sri Lanka.

Follow the below basic steps to obtain your visa :

First, inform Arabiers of the purpose of your visit to help determine the type of visa to apply for
Let us know your expected arrival and departure dates from Germany
Tell us your requirements
Gather and send all the documents required for the type of visa you need
The Arabiers team will then make an online application on your behalf
Once the application has been made, Arabiers will book you an appointment with VAC (Visa Application Centre –Colombo)
The Arabiers team will arrange your documents in order and hand them to you for submission
Attend your appointment at the VAC to submit biometrics (fingerprints), documents, and a photo

German Visa Processing for Sri Lankans

After submitting your documents and passport at the Visa Application Centre in Colombo, your application is then forwarded to the Embassy of Germany for further processing. All applications are considered individually to see if the applicant meets the criteria. If your application is approved, a sticker will be placed on your passport.

Germany Travel Visa Application
Address to submit your application
locationVisa Application Centre – Colombo. Browns Capital,
19 Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 00700
Who to Address your
Letters and Documents to
locationThe officer, Embassy of Germany,
40 Alfred House Ave,
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka.

Recommendation and Tips

Carry the original or certified copies. The originals will be returned after they have been checked and verified. Only the A4 copies will be retained by the consulate.

All documents should be in A4 Format and should not have staples or pins.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Sri Lankan nationals, just like many other nationalities, require a German tourist visa, also called a Schengen visa, to travel to Germany for tourism.

The Schengen Tourist visa allows you to stay in Germany and any other Schengen country for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Absolutely! With a Schengen visa issued by Germany, you may visit any country in the Schengen zone within the 90-day limit.

Yes! Apply for a German tourist visa to visit your relatives or friends in Germany, but make sure to state the reason for your visit clearly in your application.

The required documents for a German tourist visa include a valid passport, duly filled visa application form, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of finances, and travel insurance, among others.

A sponsor is not mandatory when applying for a German tourist visa. You, however, need to provide documents that prove your financial stability.

Schengen Tourist Visas cannot be extended, so you need to apply for a new visa if you wish to stay longer in Germany.

Your travel itinerary should include details of your intended arrival and departure dates, destinations within the Schengen zone, and the planned activities.

Yes! When applying for a German visa, you must have travel insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation.

No! You cannot use a tourist visa for business-related activities. If intending to engage in any business activity in Germany, please apply for a German business visa instead.

The Schengen Tourist Visa for Germany allows you to stay in the country or any other Schengen country for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

No! A German Tourist Visa is not valid for employment. You need to apply for either an Employment visa or a Job-seeker Visa for Germany to travel for employment purposes.

Absolutely! You may visit multiple Schengen countries, provided your main destination is Germany and you adhere to the 90-day limit.

If your German Visa application is denied, the embassy will send you a letter explaining why your application has been rejected. You may appeal the embassy's decision or reapply for the visa after addressing the highlighted issues.

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