Visa requirements for German citizens are administrative entry restrictions placed on nationals of Germany by authorities of other states around the world.
According to the current Henley Passport Index ranking, the German passport is the 3rd most powerful passport in terms of travel freedom. German passport holders are currently able to travel to approximately 120 countries without obtaining a visa.
It is necessary to check the visa requirements for German nationals before planning a trip as these requirements may vary depending on the country of destination, the intended period of time the traveler is planning to spend in the chosen country, and the purpose of the trip.
Almost all the visa-exempt countries for German nationals allow travelers to visit their territory for a short period of stay, most between 15 days up to 6 months. Furthermore, German passport holders have freedom of movement in Schengen Area countries, for which they only need to have a valid ID Card.
Although it may not be necessary to obtain a visa to gain entry to visa-free countries, it is possible that German passport holders need to obtain an electronic travel authorization before departure.
German nationals who wish to travel to any country not on the visa not required list needs to obtain a visa. This may be an embassy or consular visa, a visa on arrival at border entry checkpoints, or an electronic visa through an online application.