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German Medical Treatment Visa

The phrase “your health is your wealth” has never been more true. Therefore, it is more important than ever to benefit from the best healthcare you can. Germany has a well-deserved reputation worldwide. However, in order to enjoy medical treatment in Germany, you may need a visa to enter the country. The German Medical Treatment Visa allows non-Germans and non-European Union citizens to come to Germany for medical treatment. Receiving exceptional medical treatment at the right time can be crucial.

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers are here to help you in this pursuit of gaining the German Medical Treatment Visa. Our immigration lawyers advise global clients in matters concerning German visa and residence permit law. Our lawyers are also available to collaborate with hospitals and other health service providers to ensure that they can focus on their patients while we focus on the legal requirements. Whether it is in contending with the paperwork requirements or in the provision of personal services, our team is by your side. If you would like to contact us, do not hesitate to call us, send us an email or use our online form – we will be happy to give you an overview of your options as part of an initial assessment

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Who Needs the German Medical Treatment Visa

The German Medical Treatment Visa is required by those looking to come to Germany for medical treatment from outside of the European Union and the wider Schengen Zone. Exactly who needs to apply for such a visa before entering Germany depends on a person’s citizenship. There are exceptions for those from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea and Japan and other nations, as they can enter Germany without the need for a visa. This visa-free entry applies for stays of up to three months. If your home country does not belong to the Schengen states and there is no visa waiver agreement with them, you will need a visa to receive medical services in Germany.

Our immigration lawyers will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Schengen visa. Please contact us today using the online form below or take a look at our corresponding article “The Schengen Visa“.

Requirements for the German Medical Treatment Visa

To gain the German Medical Treatment Visa, parties need to be successful with their application. When applying for such a visa, some documents are required, such as:

  • A fully completed and signed application form for a national visa,
  • Their passport,
  • Two recent biometric photographs
  • Letter from the attending doctor, hospital or clinic in the Schengen States containing the following information:
    • Estimate of costs/clarification of the question of costs
    • Diagnosis and treatment plan
    • Date and expected duration of treatment
  • Proof of travel and accommodation
  • Travel health insurance
  • Proof of financing the trip

Depending on the life situation, the following documents may also be required:

  • For retired persons: Pension certificates
  • students: Certificate of enrolment and no objection certificate
  • Employees: Wage slips, employment contract as well as proof of permission for leave of absence
  • Self-employed persons: documents on existing property relations

You can apply for the German Medical Treatment Visa at the German embassy, the German consulate or a visa office in your home country. We advise you to submit your application early. If you submit it too late, your application may be rejected. However, an exception will be made in the case of sudden deteriorating health conditions, and therefore the applicant requires urgent treatment.

The German Medical Treatment Visa for Minors

If the applicant is a minor, a copy of their birth certificate as well as the passport of the persons holding permanent or temporary parental authority or guardianship is also required. The legal guardians must also consent to the application. With regard to this consent, there are special features that depend on the number of legal guardians accompanying the minor when submitting the application.

The signatures of both custodians are required on the application, provided they are present. If only one person with custody accompanies the minor, the notarised consent of the other person with custody is required. If, on the other hand, only one person is entitled to custody, this must be proven by means of a court decision or a corresponding certificate/deed.

Ensuring that all the necessary documentation is in place and that all other requirements are met can be a challenge. Difficulties can arise in particular if you do not speak German or English. However, you should not be deterred by this! Our lawyers will be happy to assist you in this challenge with all their experience and expertise and support you in all matters of immigration law. This way, bureaucracy will not stand in the way of your health.

Our Services as German Lawyers

We recognise that health problems can be very stressful. This stress is further increased by the requirement to have medical treatment carried out in a foreign environment. However, your energy should be devoted to your recovery during this difficult time. To ensure that you nevertheless enjoy a complication-free entry and a pleasant stay in Germany, our lawyers will support you where necessary. Whether it concerns transport, translation, accommodation or other aspects, Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers you the comprehensive service you need.

  • Support with visa applications
  • Further information on the German health system
  • Solving bureaucratic difficulties
  • Translation services
  • Transport services including driving services
  • Assistance with accommodation
  • Other personal services

We also provide advice to doctors, practices and hospitals in Germany. While you are helping your patients from a medical point of view, the lawyers of Schlun & Elseven as your cooperation partner, will ensure that they obtain a visa for medical treatment in Germany. Working with our firm’s lawyers allows you to concentrate fully on your patient’s medical condition without having to worry about the legal requirements. Contact us today to benefit from our services.

Practice Group: German Immigration Law

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