I have a valid Schengen Visa Issued by the German Consulate. Can I fly direct to the Netherlands without entering Germany?
Please note the following update regarding travel to Schengen Area during COVID19:
As of Nov 8th, 2020
To give travelers in Europe a better overview of coronavirus infections and restrictions, the European Union has introduced a "Traffic Light System" with color-coded zones based on risk levels: green, yellow and red.
There is also a gray zone for regions where there is insufficient data.
The rate of new infections, or incidence, per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days and the rate of positive COVID-19 tests decide which color is attributed to a given region.
Germany's top institute for infectious diseases, the Robert Koch Institute, which has been instrumental in determining the German government's coronavirus policy, will adjust its measures for declaring regions as risk zones.
So far, the agency has been using 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days as its benchmark so far — and not the now-prescribed 14 days.
Lithuania, for its part, would need to change its benchmark from 25 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants to 50 new infections.
- Green is for regions reporting less than 25 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, and test positivity is below 4%
- Orange is for regions reporting less than 50 new infections, and test positivity is over 4% — or the incidence is between 25 and 150 and test positivity is below 4%
- Red is for regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 incidents, and test positivity is over 4% — or the incidence is over 150 per 100,000 in the past 14 days
The Schengen Visa is valid for what is essentially a borderless territory of Western Europe covering 26 member states EXCLUDING the United Kingdom and Ireland. The rules regarding the issuance of the visa are dictated by the documented main destination (ie, the longest stay in any of those Schengen States), or in the case of multiple Schengen destinations with equal stay, the first Schengen destination you enter.
Once you have the valid visa, you are free to travel to any of the 26 Schengen States in any order you choose, should your plans change. For example, if you have scheduled business meetings in Germany (visa issued by a German Consulate) and the meetings have been rearranged to now take place in the Netherlands, or another Schengen destination, you do not have to enter Germany first. You may fly direct to Netherlands or that other Schengen destination instead..
Pre COVID, Peninsula Visa could assist with a Schengen Visa only through the German Consulate in San Francisco provided you have had a previous Schengen Visa issued within the last 5 years and have had your fingerprints digitally captured by a Schengen Consulate and documented evidence that Germany is your main destination. Evidence of this must be shown on the previous visa label notated on that visa by the letters VIS (Visa Information Systems) and supported by a round trip flight itinerary in addition to the all other requirements as deemed by the German Consulate.
We expect to be able to resume offering this service upon notification from the German Consulate in San Francisco.
Currently, All Schengen Visa applicants must personally appear by appointment at their respective consulate to apply. Appointments may or may not be available.
To schedule an appointment with the German Consulate in San Francisco please click here
Due to COVID 19 the Consulate General is working with reduced staff and can only offer a limited number of appointments during business hours. Please confirm on our website whether it is necessary for you to come to the mission in person. Otherwise, please submit all documents by mail. All information about our consular services can be found at: www.germany.info . Please check the website before contacting the Consulate General for general information.