Passport and Visa
A valid passport is necessary when coming to Germany. For most EU citizens an ID card stating citizenship is sufficient. Depending on your citizenship, you may need to obtain a visa before coming to Germany. Citizens from Andorra, Australia, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea and the United States of America can apply for their visa even after they arrived in Germany. Swiss citizen can also apply for a residence card after their arrival.
Visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office or ask the International Office of the MPI-CBG to find out if you need a visa.
If you need a visa and you are travelling with your spouse you need to bring your marriage certificate and any other related legalisation documents (which can be obtained from your authorities) to Germany. If you have children travelling with you please bring their birth certificate. These documents are essential, please ensure you have them before you travel to Germany. If you have questions regarding these please contact the International Office.
We usually recommend getting a travel Health Insurance for your journey and the first few days. Once you are in Dresden the International office will give you information about different health insurance providers and help you with the application. For more information see also the chapter “Insurance”.
Accommodation upon your arrival
If you need temporary accommodation, please keep in touch with the International office or with your group leader's secretary about your arrival dates in order to book a room at the guesthouse (if available). Booking this service ensures that you will have accommodation at your disposal when you arrive.
If you intend to stay in Germany for 90 days or less you can apply for a “Schengen Visa”. A Schengen visa, also called "C" or "Tourist visa", is a short stay visa which entitles you to stay up to 90 days in any 6 month period. The visa is valid for members of the Schengen agreement. Please note that a Schengen visa cannot be extended!
If you enter the country with a Schengen visa or without a valid visa, you are required to leave again after three months! As a rule, it is not possible to extend the visa in Germany. It is therefore not advisable to enter the country as a tourist if you intend taking a full course of study, completing a doctorate degree or if you are on a research assignment in Germany.
If you want to stay in Germany for longer than 90 days you need to apply for a “National visa”. This visa is normally issued for 3 months and entitles you to apply for a long-term visa called a “residence permit”.
You need to apply for the visa at the German embassy where you currently live. The Institute will send you a letter of invitation which includes a mention of the duration of your stay in Germany, confirmation of the fundinging received from the Max Planck Institute verifying that it covers your living costs; confirmation of accommodation and health insurance and finally confirmation that the fellowship is from public funds for the purpose of performing scientific research in Germany.
Though a visa might sometimes be issued within 2 weeks we usually recommend applying 2 months in advance for a visa. Usually you will need to provide the address of where you will be staying in Germany. If you will be staying at the MPI-CBG guesthouse the address is: Pfotenhauer Str. 108, D-01307 Dresden.
!!! Please get in touch with us as soon as your stay is confirmed so that we can prepare the necessary invitation letter!!!