Visa requirements

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Appointment system for visa applications

Visa applications can be submitted by appointment only. Appointments are made free of charge online and cannot be scheduled by telephone, e-mail or fax. Cancelations or rebookings can only be made by sending the booking confirmation together with a passport copy to the Embassy by e-mail.

As a courtesy to your fellow visa-applicants, please do not book double or multiple appointments.  By paying attention, waiting and processing times can be held to minimum. 

Please note :
If no early appointments are available and you have an urgent matter (i.e. medical emergency) to attend to, please book the next available appointment and contact the Embassy (manama%27%diplo%27%de,info) and ask for a change to a more suitable date.
For that we would like you to provide us with the reason (i.e. letter from the Hospital in Germany) why the change is necessary and we will try to accommodate your request on a space available practice.

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Application form and required documents

Below you will find the visa application form as well as information sheets on the required documents for submitting a visa application.

Please note that the application form needs to be filled out in English language only. Visa applications can only be accepted if all required documents are presented at the Embassy. Incomplete applications will have to be rejected. In this case a new appointment needs to be made online. During high travel season a new appointment may not be available within a few days; therefore make sure that your application is complete.


Opening a limited-withdrawal bank account

With a limited‑withdrawal bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.


Health Insurance Coverage for visa applications

The Embassy can generally only accept insurance policies issued in Bahrain. If your host or business partner has already bought a health insurance in Germany or one of the Schengen Member States, the insurance can also be accepted if you provide the original policy to the Embassy and the insurance meets the requirements mentioned below.

Health insurance requirements:

  • Minimum insurance coverage for medical expenses must be € 30.000,-.

  • The insurance policy has to cover all Schengen Member States and must generally be valid for the validity of the visa.

  • Schengen or Europe should be mentioned as main destination on the policy.

  • Insurance cards cannot be accepted unless accompanied with the insurance policy.

  • Hand-written policies cannot be accepted.

We wish you a safe journey!

Photo requirements

Kindly note that you have to submit fotos meeting the requirements as follows (download):

Where to submit your visa application

You intend to travel to one of the Schengen Member States not represented in Bahrain? Here you will find an overview where to submit your visa application:

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System – VIS

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

VIS - Visa Information System

Liechtenstein fully applies the provisions of the Schengen Acquis starting on 19 December 2011

Liechtenstein fully applies the provisions of the Schengen Acquis starting on 19 December 2011. As of this date, foreigners residing in Liechtenstein who are subject to visa requirementsare allowed to enter Germany and other states applying the Schengen Agreement for short stays of up to 90 days within any six month period with their passport and a residence permit issued by Liechtenstein; no further visa is required.

Beginning on 19 December 2011, Schengen visas issued even before that date by other countries also entitle the holder to enter Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein itself has begun issuing Schengen visas, which enable entry into other Schengen states, on 19 December 2011.

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Evidence of basic knowledge of German in the case of subsequent immigration by spouses from abroad

Would you like to move to Germany to your spouse? Or would you like to move to Germany together with your spouse? Or would you like to come to Germany to get married there and live with your spouse?  In these cases, you must demonstrate before you enter the country that you possess a simple knowledge of German. This is to ensure that in Germany you can conduct basic communication in German. In case of any questions regarding German language courses, you can contact the Embassy or the Goethe-Institut Liaison Office for the Gulf Region located in Abu Dhabi which does offer e.g. distance learning courses

More information on the Start Deutsch 1 exam, requirements, exam components and practice material

Visa requirements

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding visa matters

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Here you will find the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding visa matters.

Issuance of visa on behalf of Schengen Member States not represented in the Kingdom of Bahrain (only short term visas up to 90 days)


To avoid any inconveniences, kindly note the competencies of the Schengen Member States represented in the Kingdom of Bahrain concerning the submission of visa applications. The German Embassy can only accept visa applications if the main destination is as follows: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden.

Obligation to declare cash in amounts of EUR 10,000 or more entering or leaving the EU

All travellers entering or leaving the European Union with €10,000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs from 15 June 2007. This initiative has been taken to assist the efforts being made at EU level to tackle crime and improve security by cracking down on money laundering, terrorism and criminality.

Application for a Residence Permit (stay over 90 days in Germany)

You plan to work, study or settle in Germany and you intend to stay over 90 days? Here you will find the application form for a Residence Permit. Kindly note that upon approval by the German aliens office you will be issued with a visa valid for 90 days, single entry only by this Embassy. Your residence permit will be issued by the German authorities upon registration.

CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction


Alongside the destruction of habitats, the economic exploitation of animals and plants is one of the greatest dangers facing the animal and plant worlds. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, in short the Washington Convention, is a legally binding international agreement dating from 1973 to protect endangered species of animals and plants. It is also known internationally as CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.