Which countries German passport holders can visit without a visa

According to the Henley & Partners Passport Index, as of October 2018, German citizens had visa-free and visa on arrival access to up ro 188 countries and territories, ranking the German passport 3rd in terms of travel freedom, just following Japan and Singapore. In this post, we will learn about the countries where German citizens/passport holders can visit without requiring a visa.

This list will be sorted by continents, covering countries, applicable duration of exemption and conditions of visa exemption if any. The countries going with no duration are those that Germans can visit freely at any time.

Asia – Asian countries and territories offering visa exemption for Germans

Country

Allowed stay

Notes

Brunei

90 days

 

Georgia

1 year

Valid ID Card

Hong Kong

3 months

 

Indonesia

30 days

 

Israel

3 months for tourism only

 

German visitors born before January 1, 1928 can obtain a free visa if that one did not join the Nazi party or involved in crimes during time of Nazi Germany 

Japan

90 days

Extendable once

Kazakhstan

30 days

 

Kyrgyzstan

60 days

 

South Korea

90 days

 

Malaysia

3 months

 

Macao

90 days

 

Mongolia

30 days

 

Palestine

 

Arriving by sea to Gaza Strip is not allowed

Philippines

30 days

 

Qatar

90 days

 

Singapore

90 days

 

Taiwan

90 days

 

Thailand

30 days

German citizens are allowed to visit twice a year if not arriving by air

Timor-Leste

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

United Arab Emirates

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Vietnam

15 days

German citizens visiting Vietnam for tourism or business purpose is not required for visa to stay in the country for no more than 15 days, provided that they have never been in Vietnam OR have never been in Vietnam with visa exemption, OR their arrival date should be over 30 days from exit date of their last stay with visa exemption in case they have been in Vietnam under visa exemption.

Otherwise, a Vietnam visa is required.

There are up to 3 ways to get a Vietnam tourist visa for Germans and 2 ways to get a Vietnam business visa for Germans.

Full details of Vietnam visa for Germans can be found at https://www.vietnam-visa.com/guide/germany/.

 

Africa – African countries and territories that German citizens do not need a visa to visit

Country

Allowed stay

Notes

Botswana

90 days

 

Eswatini

30 days

 

Gambia

90 days

 

Guyana

3 months

 

Jamaica

90 days

 

Lesotho

14 days

 

Mauritius

90 days

 

Morocco

90 days

 

Namibia

3 months

3 months within a calendar year

São Tomé and Príncipe

15 days

 

Senegal

90 days

 

Seychelles

3 months

 

South Africa

90 days

 

Tunisia

4 months

Valid ID card

 

Europe – European countries and territories that German citizens do not need a visa to visit

Country

Allowed stay

Notes

Austria

 

Valid ID card

Albania

90 days

Valid ID card

Andorra

 

Valid ID card

Armenia

180 days

 

Belgium

 

Valid ID card

Belarus

30 days

Valid ID card

– German visitors are required to arrive and depart via Minsk International Airport to get visa exemption.

– If visitors want to stay longer than 30 days, they need to make visa on arrival at Minsk International Airport

– A pre-issued visa is required for German visitors who arrive from Russia or outside designated crossings in Brest Region and Grodno Region.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

90 days within any 6 month period

 

Valid ID card

Bulgaria

 

Valid ID card

Croatia

 

Valid ID card

Cyprus

 

Valid ID card

Czech Republic

 

Valid ID card

Denmark

 

Valid ID card

Free movement in mainland Denmark

Estonia

 

Valid ID card

Faroe Island

 

 

Finland

 

Valid ID card

France

 

Valid ID card (including Overseas France)

Gibraltar

 

 

Greece

 

Valid ID card

Greenland

 

 

Guernsey

 

 

Hungary

 

Valid ID card

Iceland

 

Valid ID card

Ireland

 

Valid ID card

Isle of Man

 

 

Italy

 

Valid ID card

Jersey

 

 

Kosovo

 

 

Latvia

 

Valid ID card

Liechtenstein

 

Valid ID card

Lithuania

 

Valid ID card

Luxembourg

 

Valid ID card

Macedonia

90 days

Valid ID card

Malta

 

Valid ID card

Moldova

90 days

Valid ID card

Monaco

 

Valid ID card

Montenegro

90 days

Valid ID card for 30 days

Netherlands

 

Valid ID card

Free movement including European Netherlands

Norway

 

Valid ID card

Poland

 

Valid ID card

Portugal

 

Valid ID card

Romania

 

Valid ID card

San Marino

 

Valid ID card

Serbia

90 days

90 days within any 6 month period

Valid ID card

Slovakia

 

Valid ID card

Slovenia

 

Valid ID card

Spain

 

Valid ID card

Sweden

 

Valid ID card

Switzerland

 

Valid ID card

Turkey

3 months

Valid ID card

Free movement for the former Turkish Citizens who obtain a Turkish “Blue Card”

United Kingdom

 

Valid ID card

Ukraine

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Vatican City

 

Valid ID card


America – American countries and territories that German citizens do not need a visa to visit

Country

Allowed stay

Notes

Antigua and Barbuda

6 months

 

Argentina

90 days

 

Bahamas

8 months

 

Barbados

6 months

 

Belize

1 month

 

Bolivia

90 days

 

Botswana

90 days

 

Brazil

90 days in any 180 day period

 

Canada

6 months

An Electronic Travel Authorization required if arriving by air.

Chile

90 days

 

Colombia

180 days

Visitor can extend stay up to 180 days within one year period.

Costa Rica

90 days

 

Dominica

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Dominican Republic

90 days

 

Ecuador

90 days

 

El Salvador

3 months

 

Grenada

3 months

 

Guatemala

90 days

 

Guyana

3 months

 

Haiti

90 days

 

Honduras

3 months

 

Mexico

180 days

 

Nicaragua

90 days

 

Panama

180 days

 

Paraguay

90 days

 

Peru

90 days

90 days within any 6 month period

Saint Kitts and Nevis

3 months

 

Saint Lucia

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Trinidad and Tobago

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Uruguay

90 days

 

United States

90 days

Applicable for German visitors arriving from overseas

2 years ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) required for German travelers arriving in US via air or cruise ship

Venezuela

90 days

 

           

Oceania – Oceanian countries and territories that German citizens do not need a visa to visit

Country

Allowed stay

Notes

Fiji

4 months

 

Kiribati

90 days

 

Marshall Islands

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Micronesia

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

New Zealand

3 months

 

Palau

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Samoa

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Solomon Islands

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Tonga

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Tuvalu

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

Vanuatu

90 days

90 days within any 180 day period

 Well, obviously German passport is really powerful. In the following posts, we will continue discovering other powerful passports worldwide.