Visa Requirements for German Citizens Around the World

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It is really great to be a German citizen, especially if you are a traveler. And why not…a whopping 176 nations across the globe grant free visas, or Visa on arrival access to Germans. All this is thanks to the German passport, which is currently the most powerful in the world.

A handful of nations do require Germans to go through the process of applying for a visa. However, Germans would not complain too much, as some of the most popular nations exempt them from this inconvenience, and this includes almost all the countries in Europe.

Since, Germany is a member of the European Union, citizens in EU countries can freely move or live in other member countries. They do not need a passport, but an identity card is required to enter another EU nation. There are 31 European nations where Germans have the rights of freedom of movement – including the EU, as well a few non-EU nations. Ranging from the United Kingdom to the picturesque Switzerland, culturally rich France, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, and 25 other wonderful European nations, the Germans have no limitations on where they want to live with their families.

But, this is just a tip of the iceberg. There are scores of other breathtakingly fabulous countries where Germans do not need a visa to enter. Some of the countries where visa is not required are Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, and others. Flying to the United States is quite convenient if you are a German. The country offers German nationals a Visa Waiver Program which allows them to travel to the US for business or tourism purposes without getting a visa. But, their stay in the US needs be 90 days or less.

There are some countries that provide visa-on-arrival or Free VOA to German citizens. A few of these are Suriname, Cuba, Maldives, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Cambodia, Madagascar, etc. Those offering e-Visa facilities are India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Kuwait, among others.

Flying to Russia and China can still mean going through the cumbersome process of applying for a Visa. Apart from these two, other nations where visas are required include Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Ghana, and others.

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