Increased demand for Schengen visas for travel to Germany is creating longer waiting times for appointments and longer visa processing times, according to information from the German Mission in India.

Key Points:

  • It may take six days for applications to reach German consulates in India. From that point, processing times are averaging another 15 days.
  • Applicants in India who are planning travel to Germany within two weeks of their application are urged to postpone their trip if possible.
  • Travelers are urged to make appointments with external service provider VFS.

Background: Wait times often increase during peak travel season. In general, neither the Germany mission nor VFS can expedite the Schengen visa process, and some applicants may need to rearrange travel plans at this point.

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