German visa for British citizens

A visa is NOT required for British passport holders visiting Germany for a short-term stay: Freedom of movement.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For British citizens to enter Germany for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required Freedom of movement
Evisa Germany e-visa for British citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Germany visa on arrival for British citizens Not Available

Germany tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding British passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Germany.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Germany.

If you are looking for Germany visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from United Kingdom, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Germany nearest your place of residence.

  • London: The Embassy of Germany in London, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Guernsey: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Guernsey, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Jersey: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Jersey, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Southampton: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Southampton, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Hull: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Hull, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Aberdeen, Scotland: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Plymouth: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Plymouth, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Liverpool: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Liverpool, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Lerwick: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Lerwick, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Leeds: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Leeds, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Kirkwall: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Kirkwall, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Glasgow, Scotland: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Dover: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Dover, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Coventry: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Coventry, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Cardiff: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Cardiff, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Belfast: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Belfast, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)
  • Edinburgh: The Consulate General of Germany in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 42 minutes)

Germany visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Germany diplomatic mission offices to United Kingdom for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from United Kingdom traveling to Germany from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (United Kingdom) estimated Change (%)
2008 2,449,018 N/A
2009 2,449,018 0.00%
2010 2,449,018 0.00%
2011 2,678,614 9.38%
2012 2,602,082 -2.86%
2013 2,423,507 -6.86%
2014 2,415,477 -0.33%
2015 2,602,082 7.73%
2016 2,551,061 -1.96%
2017 2,500,039 -2.00%
2018 2,525,550 1.02%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Germany & United Kingdom comparison

Germany's area is approximately 348,560 km2 (134,579 sq mi), while the area of United Kingdom is approximately 241,930 km2 (93,409 sq mi). This means United Kingdom is 44.07% smaller than Germany.

As of December 2021, Germany's population is ~108.8 million people - 7,357,202 more people than the population of United Kingdom.

We have highlighted Germany & United Kingdom’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Germany United Kingdom Difference
Population (est 2021) 108,758,443 101,401,241 7.4 million more people live in Germany than United Kingdom
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 227 222 Germany has 5 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with United Kingdom.
Travel freedom (2021) 145 139 Germany passport holders can visit 6 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 593 348 German hosts 245 more foreign missions than United Kingdom.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from United Kingdom travel to Germany in one year?

The number of visitors from United Kingdom visiting Germany in 2018 was approximately 2,525,550.

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