Travel and Visa Regulations

Artist’s Visa

A visa for a long work and residence period (longer than three months) in Germany must be applied for before travel in your home country at a German embassy or general consulate. Proof of artistic work and of sufficient means to finance the stay must be provided. The application must also be approved by the responsible foreigners’ registration office in Germany. Visas are not required for EU citizens, EEA citizens, and Swiss citizens.

Foreigners’ registration office Berlin

Ausländerbehörde Berlin

Because art has a significant economic impact in the capital city of Berlin, artists can expect a relatively liberal interpretation of the residence law. The authority responsible for artists wishing to take up residence in Berlin is the foreigners’ registration office (Ausländerbehörde) Berlin. Information on visas:

German Foreign Office information on visa regulations

Auswärtiges Amt

General information on visa regulations and travelling to the Federal Republic of Germany

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Guide of the BBK Berlin

Ratgeber des BBK Berlin

The Berlin Professional Association for Visual Artists (BBK) Guide for International Artists provides information about artist’s visa, artists’ social insurance, the tax office and taxation, minimum social benefits, support programmes, studio support, artistic workshops, galleries and art spaces in Berlin, artist-in-residence projects, and embassies.

Information Portal Touring Artists

Information Portal for Internationally Touring Artists

Informationsportal für international mobile Künstlerinnen und Künstler

The new Portal offers comprehensive information on visa and residence regulations, transport and customs, taxation, social insurance and other insurances, and intellectual property law. It also offers an overview of Germany’s cultural landscape in the fields of fine and performing arts.