Visa entry requirements for Germany

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Visa entry requirements for UK citizens travelling to Germany after Brexit

Since the 1st January 2021 the transition period between the UK and the EU ended, with the United Kingdom now being classed as a third country.

With the Brexit transition period now ended, so to is the freedom of movement across Europe for UK citizens. UK travellers are still allowed to visit Germany for short trips without a visa, provided the UK also grants visa-free access to EU citizens.

This means travellers from both the EU and UK can continue to enter for tourism, research, study, training and youth exchange programmes.

UK citizens will therefore not need to apply for a Schengen Visa like many other nationalities.

How long can British citizens stay in Germany?

Now that the UK is outside the EU, British passport holders can stay in Germany for a maximum of 90 days per 180-day period.

To stay in Germany for longer than 90 days, a visa or another kind of travel permit is required.

ETIAS visa waiver

Although British citizens will not need a visa to visit Germany, as from 2022 you will be required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver (European Travel Information and Authorisation System).

The ETIAS system is being introduced to boost security across the EU and register visitors from visa-exempt non-EU countries.

An approved ETIAS authorisation will be valid for three years, so British travellers won’t need to apply each time they visit Europe.

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