Visa Matters


All visa applications will only be processed upon prior appointment.

Visa applications without appointment will not be processed. Each person needs an individual appointment.

Please note that there will be waiting time for such appointments.

Groups of 10 or more need to contact the Embassy via E-mail before booking appointments.

General Visa information

Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen visa" or for a long-term "German national visa" for stays over 90 days.

The German Embassy in Vientiane also currently issues Schengen visa in representation of the following Schengen partners:

Austria, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain

Due to the introduction of VIS  (biometrics) all applicants need to appear in person to have their fingerprints taken.

Visa application forms need to be filled out completely and handed in with all required documents (see separate information sheets). Incomplete visa applications will not be accepted. Please also check that all forms are signed.

Upon receipt of the visa: Please verify your visa immediately and check if all information is correct. The Embassy cannot claim responsibility for any damage caused by errors on the visa. If you notice an error please let the visa section know right away so it can be rectified; later corrections might not be possible.

Please note that a valid visa does not guarantee entry into the Schengen countries, as the final authorization remains with the immigration officials at the respective borders.

The purpose of the visit may not be altered after entering the Schengen territory.

Processing time for visa application at the German Embassy in Vientiane

Schengen-visa (maximum duration of stay 90 days):

Generally up to 5 working days

German national visa (stay in Germany for more than 90 days):

As long-term visa can only be issued after approval by the competent Aliens’ Office in Germany and due to long mailing times applications take 2 months on average.

In any case it is advisable to apply for a visa well ahead of time, especially since processing times can always vary due to technical problems.


AddressSokpalouang 26, Vientiane, Laos, PO Box 314
Telephone+856 21 312111
Fax+856 21 351152
EmailPlease use the contact form

Office Hours of the Visa section

Visa section
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Consular section
Monday to Friday 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Public Holidays 2018

The Embassy will be closed on the following days in 2018

Monday, 01.01. New Year

Friday, 30.03. Good Friday

Monday, 02.04. Easter Monday

Saturday, 14.04., to Monday, 16.04. Pimai

Tuesday, 17.04., Pimai

Tuesday, 01.05. Labour Day

Thursday, 10.05. Ascension

Monday, 21.05. Whitsun

Wednesday, 03.10. Day of German Unity

Sunday, 02.12. National Holiday Laos

Monday, 03.12. National Holiday Laos

Monday, 24.12. Christmas

Tuesday/Wednesday, 25./26.12. Christmas

Monday, 31.12. New Year's Eve

Entry and Residence in Germany

The main entrance of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Here you can find informations about germany, visa regulations, studying and working, immigration act, asylum law, law of nationality, and so on

Auswärtiges Amt - Einreise und Aufenthalt

Elektronische Antragserfassung

Antragsformular Schengenvisum

Sie können das Antragsformular für ein Schengen-Visum auch am PC abrufen, online ausfüllen und das ausgefüllte und ausgedruckte Formular in der Visastelle elektronisch einlesen lassen: