Do I need a visa?

German visa requirements vary by country of citizenship. Citizens of European Union countries, many other European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and many Latin American countries do not need a visa to enter Germany. To determine whether you need a visa, visit the website of the Federal Republic of Germany.

If you need a visa, you should contact the German Embassy or Consulate serving your country or area. To find it, view the list of countries on the website of the Federal Republic of Germany, select your country, and then click on “German missions.”

When should I apply for a visa?

Processing times vary by country. It is recommended that you contact the embassy or consulate serving your region as early as possible to confirm your application requirements; we suggest no later than 1 December 2018. However, note that the application may not be made more than three months in advance of your entry date.

What do I need to apply for a visa?

Requirements vary by country, so be sure to follow the application instructions provided by the consulate or embassy serving your region. If the visa process requires a personal interview, take your registration confirmation, hotel confirmation, and letter of invitation to the interview, along with all other requested documents. You are responsible for all fees and expenses associated with obtaining a visa.

What if my visa request is denied?

If your request for a visa is denied, you may cancel your convention reservation and request a refund. Send your request to RI Registration Services at or fax it to +1-847-556-2194. You must submit your cancellation request by 5 June 2019. Please refer to the convention registration form for the full cancellation policy.

Can Rotary help me get a visa?

Rotary International’s involvement in the visa process is limited to providing a registration confirmation and a letter of invitation, and regularly providing the German government with a list of convention registrants. The visa consular has sole discretion in determining who receives a visa.