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Long term visas (for stays for more than 90 days)

If your stay exceeds 90 days, you need to apply for a long-term visa, which is not a Schengen visa, but a national German visa (category "D"). As of 05 April 2010, this visa entitles to travel to the other Schengen countries as well.

Residents of Sindh and Balouchistan need to apply at the Consulate General Karachi.
Residents of the other provinces and areas in Pakistan should apply at the German Embassy Islamabad.

Visa applications procedure


Visa applications can only be submitted in Person.

At the Embassy in Islamabad visa appointments are given online only. We ask for your understanding that appointment requests by phone or e-mail will remain unanswered.

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Please cancel your visa appointment as soon as you know that you are not going to use it!

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Please note that from 11 September 2017 online appointment system has been implemented at the Consulate General in Karachi. No application will be accepted without an online appointment.

The visa sections can only be reached during official office hours !

Visa applications of minors need to include the written consent of their parents/custodians.

The processing time for short-term visa applications will take about fourteen days after the appointment. Especially during summer, there might be a considerable waiting period of more than four weeks for an appointment. Therefore, please book an appointment as soon as you know when you want to travel and compile the necessary documents until your interview.

Visa-related inquiries for individual cases at the Embassy Islamabad can only be submitted in writing and need to be signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative. Therefore, such enquiries cannot be made by e-mail and if made by e-mail will not be answered.

Please note that mobile phones and bags can unfortunately not be taken into the buildings of the German Missions.

Embassy Islamabad - Visa Section

Tel: (0092-51) 2279430-35

Fax: (0092-51) 227 8917

E-Mail: visainfo @ isla. diplo. de

Opening hours visa section

Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 12:00 hrs

Collection of passports

Tuesday to Thursday: 08:00 hrs

General Inquiries via phone

Monday-Thursday from 14:00 - 16:00 hrs

No inquiries regarding the status of a specific visa application, please!

Submission of additional/missing documents only on demand of the Visa Section
Only on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 - 10:00 hrs

Consulate General Karachi - Visa Section

Tel.: (0092-21) 3587 3782

Fax: (0092-21) 3582 1597

Opening hours visa section

Monday to Friday: 8:30 - 11:00 hrs

Collection of passports

Monday to Thursday: 14:00 - 15:00

Friday 12:00 - 13:00 hrs


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.

Customs information from the Federal Ministry of Finance

European Commission - Tax and Customs Union brochure

Additional content

You intend to join your spouse / family in Germany ?
For this purpose you require a "visa for family reunion".

Family reunion

Going to Germany for study ?

Study visa

Going to Germany for a job?

Job seeker/ work visa