Did you know that as a Lebanese citizen, you can apply for a visa to Germany from Lebanon? German visa applications are relatively straightforward as long as you have the required documents. The German embassy in Beirut is open and accepting visa applications from applicants.
Traveling To Germany
Lebanese are some of the most traveled citizens in the world, and it is no wonder that many of them have made a home in Germany. Located in Western Europe, Germany is an industrial powerhouse and one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth. It is a powerful member of the EU block and also a signatory of the Schengen charter, which is why it can issue Schengen visas to visitors.
Germany has some of the best universities and institutions of learning in the world, with a thriving community of international students pouring in from all corners, including Lebanese citizens. The healthcare system is also one of the best in the world, so visitors enjoy first-class medical services. On the economic front, it has many mega factories and manufacturing brands, making it a top destination for international business. Let’s not forget that it has historic landmarks, hotels, restaurants, advanced cities, and states that attract millions of tourists annually.
Do Lebanese citizens Need A Visa To Enter Germany?
Germany may be a Schengen member state, but it operates one of the strictest immigration policies in Europe. Since Lebanon is not an EU member state, not a Schengen nation, visitors from Lebanon cannot enter Germany without a visa. The visa is the only document that qualifies a person from Lebanon without German citizenship to enter the country.
Types of Visa To Germany From Lebanon
There are two broad types of visas, namely the C Type and the D Type visa. Visas under the Type C are short-term visas, while the ones under the Type D are long-term visas. Under each are several visas that Lebanese citizens can apply for. Let’s review common visas many Lebanon passport holders apply for.
Airport Transit Visa: An Airport transit visa is for those traveling to a non Schengen country and wishing to make a brief stop at any German airport.
Transit Visa: The normal transit visa can be used to make brief stops in an airport or seaport en route to another country.
Tourist Visa: This visa is for Lebanese tourists who may wish to spend their holidays in Germany. The visa allows holders to travel to any part of the country for sightseeing and vacation.
Visitor visa: This visa is for those who wish to visit friends and family in Germany
Business Visa: Passport Holders from Lebanon with any business activity in Germany may apply for this visa.
Work Visa: Work visas are for those who have secured employment with a German establishment. This visa qualifies them for a work permit once they arrive in Germany.
Study Visa: Study visas are for those who have gained admission into a tertiary institution in Germany. This is a Type D Visa that lasts all through the duration of the course.
Official Visit Visa: An official visit visa is for government officials or officials of international organizations with reasons to visit for official assignments.
Medical Visa: A Medical visa is for Lebanese citizens coming to Germany for treatment
How To Apply For a Visa To Germany From Lebanon?
Applicants can apply for a visa in one of two ways. The common and most effective way to apply for a visa to Germany is to visit the embassy in Beirut. You will be asked to submit a completed visa application form with copies of the required documents. You must also pay an application fee as visa fees using a credit or debit card.
After submitting the visa, you will be invited to the embassy for a brief interview. Bring along original copies of your documents for examination. Within the next 15 working days, you will be contacted by the embassy regarding your application. Successful applicants will be asked to come to pick up their visas and passports.
For now, the German government has not opened the online application portal to Lebanese applicants. When they do, you can apply for a short-term Federal Republic Germany visa on VisaHQ by following these few steps.
Log onto VisaHQ
Select Germany as your destination
Select Lebanon as your country of citizenship
Choose the German visa you want
Fill out the form
Attach all necessary documents
Pay the online visa fee
Submit for approval
If successful, the Schengen visa will be mailed to your registered email, and you can print it out and bring it on your trip.
Lebanese passport with at least 6 months validity
Two recent colored photographs
Travel medical insurance
Proof of funds
Proof of accommodation
Round trip flight itinerary
Other documents may be required depending on the type of visa to Germany from Lebanon you apply for.