The German Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia will again be accepting Schengen visa applications at the consular section, starting August 2.
Such a decision was confirmed by a statement issued by the embassy, while stressing that visas can only be submitted to the service provider, Transport Layer Security, until July 29, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“Visa applicants should book an appointment through the Embassy’s online booking system, and general visa application information and the link to the online appointment system can be found on the website. of our embassy.” they said.
While the German Embassy in Namibia will soon be receiving applications for Schengen visas, another German embassy located in Vietnam does not approve visas for citizens of the latter with new passports.
Also, the Embassy has not explained why the visas are not approved.
In this regard, SchengenVisaInfo.com recently reported that Vietnamese citizens holding a new passport with a dark blue cover instead of the traditional green one would not be able to apply for a C or D visa to enter Germany. Such a decision was confirmed by a statement issued by the German Embassy located in Vietnam.
Through the type C visa, also known as a short-stay visa, visitors are allowed to stay in the country for a total of 90 days. At the same time, those who plan to stay in the country for more than 90 days are advised to apply for a D-type visa.
In this regard, travel agencies specializing in the European market pointed out that they had canceled tours or made last-minute changes after the German Embassy refused to grant visas to holders of the new Vietnamese passports. .
The director of Hanoi-based tour operator Vietfoot Travel, Pham Duy Nghia, said his business had been deeply affected by the German authorities’ announcement.
“Currently, we have canceled visits to Europe for dozens of tourists holding the new passports, and the damage is very serious,” Nghia told VnExpress International on Thursday afternoon.
Germany has often been criticized for not facilitating the visa issuance process. Recently, the head of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) leveled accusations against the German authorities regarding the visa restrictions they impose on Iranian businessmen, urging German authorities to facilitate the visa issuance process.
Earlier in a meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (BWA), Michael Schuman, the head of ICCIMA, pointed out that facilitating the issuance of visas is a necessary condition for the expansion of relations between Iran and Germany.