The German Foreign Ministry has announced that foreign nationals with expired Schengen visas must leave Germany by Sept. 30 because more travel options have become available.

Key Points:

  • Germany will not provide a further general extension for Schengen visa holders.
  • In special cases, where expired Schengen visa holders who are still unable to leave Germany because of special circumstances, authorities will use existing options provided for by the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) to consider granting extensions.

Background: In April and again in June, German authorities announced they would honor expired Schengen visas because many foreign nationals were unable to leave the country at the time because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. The ministry recently announced that it would not provide another extension because restrictions have eased and countries are not barring their own nationals from returning home.

Analysis & Comments: Foreign nationals with expired Schengen visas must make plans to either depart Germany by Sept. 30 or obtain another legal basis to remain in the country. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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