18.01.2018 - Article

For short stays (less than 90 days )


A Schengen Visa enables you to travel within all Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days per half year. If you intend to stay in Germany for more than three months or to take up employment or establish a professional business there, you have to apply for a National visa.

The German Embassy in Muscat is processing all visa applications for travelers to Germany or Iceland as their main destination. The visa application has to be presented to the Embassy/Consulate of the country of main destination (determined by the purpose of the journey and the length/number of days of stay in that country) . If your main destination cannot be ascertained, the Schengen state through which you first enter the territory of these countries is responsible for granting the visa.

This means that the published information is relevant for you if Germany or Iceland is your main destination and you reside permanently in Oman.

Omani students presently studying and residing in a third-country ( UK, USA etc). have to apply for their Schengen visa at the German Embassy in their country of residence and not in Muscat.

Until further notice the Embassy in Muscat is also processing visa applications from applicants with residence in Yemen.

The Embassy wishes to inform that all Visa applications for Schengen Visas (e.g. for tourism, medical , visiting family or friends, business) for travels to Germany and  Iceland are to be submitted to the Joint  Visa Application Centre VFS Global in Al-Khuwair, Muscat Grand Mall, Tilal Complex with prior appointment made through the VFS Global Website.

Further details on the application procedure , how to make an appointment and how to reach VFS Global  are available on the following Website:


Please bear in mind that for Omani nationals a minimum of three to five working days is required from the moment your application arrives at the Embassy until you get your passport back. For other nationalities, the procedure might take up to two weeks. During this time, neither the Embassy nor the Visa Application Centre can provide any information on the status of your application. Please make sure you apply in time to avoid being disappointed!

Use of the services provided by VFS Global is on a voluntary basis. However, applicants who wish to file their application at the Embassy can book an appointment with the Visa Department by email.

In order to avoid waiting times for an available appointment, long queues at the Embassy and to make sure that your visa application is complete and can be processed without any delay, we advise you to benefit from the Visa Application Centre  – VFS Global .

Please note that the number of available appointments directly at the Embassy is limited - waiting periods of up to several weeks can occur. To book an appointment please send an email to the German Embassy at visa@mask.diplo.de subject: Appointment Schengen Visa and state your full names , passport number , travel Dates and travel purpose for all travellers. The Embassy will not respond to individual appointment requests via telephone.

OFFICIAL PASSPORTS (Diplomatic, Service an Special passports)

The bilateral Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Sultanate of Oman on mutual exemption from Visa Requirements for holders of biometric Diplomatic, Special and Service passports authorizes visa-free travel to Germany for holders of biometric official Omani passports.

Holders of biometric official passports are exempted from the visa requirement for a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of six months. For a stay of more than 90 days or in order to take up employment a visa is still needed. The bilateral agreement does not automatically include free travel within other Schengen countries. Holders of official passports wishing to enter or transit through other Schengen countries are advised to seek relevant information from theses countries´ diplomatic or consular missions. Holders of non-biometric official passports are not exempted and have to obtain a Schengen-Visa to enter Germany.

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