Visa for Re-entry into Germany

05.02.2024 - Article

If you would like to re-enter Germany after having had a residence permit (not visa!) you can apply for a visa for re-entry.

General Information

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

Re-entry into Germany visa can be applied for in the following situations:

  • You lost your passport which contains a German residence permit. In this case you first have to get a new passport.
  • Your German electronic residence permit (separate plastic ID card) is lost
  • Your German residence permit expired.

Please note: If you still have your valid German residence permit either as a separate plastic ID or in an expired passport, you do not need a visa. You can enter Germany with your German residence permit (in the expired passport or as a separate plastic ID) in combination with a valid/new passport.

Required Documents

To apply, you will need the following original documents plus one set of copies to present at your appointment at the Embassy. We highly recommend to use the information sheet as a checklist and bring it as a print out for your appointment.
Please pay attention that all Tanzanian documents issued by an authority of the state needs to be Legalizations

Please sort the individual sets in the order listed below.
Information Sheet

In your application form (VIDEX) you enter all the information about your entry and your stay in Germany. You must complete this form and print it out once, sign and date it.

If you are a minor, your legal representatives must sign the application and declare their consent.

To the form​​​​​​​

A recent biometric photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background)

Information on biometric photos can be found here

Your passport must be signed and valid for at least one year from the date your visa is issued.
Please note that the document must still have at least two blank pages (if the decision is positive, your visa will be affixed here later).

Do you not have Tanzanian citizenship?

If you are not a Tanzanian citizen, please provide us with your Tanzanian residence permit.

Proof of your residence in Tanzania can be, for example, a copy of your electricity bill, water bill or gas bill.or a rent contract.

For non- Tanzanian nationals: Tanzanian residence permit or hotel booking (etc. if you lost your residence permit during your holidays)

If your passport or residence permit is lost or stolen, the police loss report

If your residence permit expires, please present it when submitting your application. In the event of loss, please submit a copy/photo of the residence permit if possible.

Personal explanation and proof of reason to stay/re-entry into Germany. Includes Communication with the German Aliens authority. Documents enabling your stay in Germany (see information sheet of relevant category for necessary documents).

  • Application by the legal guardian(s) or with a notarised power of attorney from the legal guardian
  • Passport copies of the legal guardian or authorised representative, if applicable
  • Birth certificate of the child (containing father’s and mother’s name)

In case of Tanzanian birth certificate:

- Marriage certificate of parents or

- Tanzanian court ruling concerning parentage or

- single status certificate of mother at time of birth or

- adoption certificate and court’s decision (only if applicable

If applicable:

  • Court judgement on custody (e.g. divorce decree) with translation into German
  • If one parent remains in Tanzania, notarised declaration of consent for the child's permanent residence in Germany with translation into German
  • If applicable: If one parent is deceased or sole custody has been granted: relevant legal documents
  • If available: Registration certificate from Germany
  • If available: Copy of the old passport/residence permit

If a long or permanent stay is planned, some travel health insurance policies may exclude insurance cover in their terms and conditions. This restriction may also apply to an “incoming” insurance policy, so please ensure that your supplementary insurance policy provides adequate cover. Further information here

In certain cases, additional documents may be required.

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow six weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad).

Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.



Appointments are made via an online system. It is not possible to make an appointment by telephone. You can find all information here

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