Processing of visa applications
a) Entry to Germany for fully vaccinated persons
Persons who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus SARS‑CoV‑2 with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (or equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries) can enter Germany from RwandaThis includes persons who wish to enter Germany for the purpose of visits or tourism. Fully vaccinated persons as defined above can apply for visas at the German Embassy in Kigali if required.
However, this does not apply to entry to Germany from countries that are classified as areas of variant of concern. Transportation to Germany from these areas continues to be prohibited.
Only persons who have been vaccinated with vaccines listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) can enter Germany (see details here). This currently applies solely to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or equivalents of these vaccines used in third countries. The plan is to extend this to other vaccines with a comparable level of protection as soon as the necessary tests have been completed.
Before all planned travel, you should therefore check whether your proof of vaccination meets the above requirements – in particular, whether the vaccination that you have received meets the criteria published on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut in full.
Children under the age of 12 who are not yet vaccinated can enter the country with proof of a negative test result (PCR test or antigen test) when accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent. Children under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test result.
For more information, please consult the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
b) Visas for persons who are not fully vaccinated only if absolutely necessary
Visas can also still be issued to persons who are not yet fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine if the intended entry to Germany is absolutely necessary. The circumstances under which entry is considered to be absolutely necessary are explained in German, English and French on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community under the heading Coronavirus – FAQs and answers, and then under “Travel restrictions/border control”.