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Visa rules

Many participants wishing to attend the ITUC World Congress will need a Schengen visa to enter Germany. Click on one of the links below for a list of countries to which this visa requirement applies: (in English) (in German)

Information on the visa procedure is provided on the websites of German missions abroad. We recommend that all participants follow the procedure to the letter. The web addresses of these German missions abroad are listed on the following pages of the German Federal Foreign Office website: (in English) (in German)

Anyone needing a temporary visa is recommended to submit their application to the German Embassy responsible for their country as early as possible. Most German missions abroad have introduced an appointment system for visa applicants, and in some cases appointments can be requested online. We recommend that you make use of this facility if available, to prevent long waiting times.

Some visa applications can also be submitted electronically. For more information on this, see the website of your respective German mission abroad.

Your official invitation to attend the ITUC Congress must be submitted along with your visa application. In addition, you are required to take out travel and health insurance valid for Europe that covers you for a total of €30,000. Most websites of German missions abroad provide a list of approved insurers.

Furthermore, you will need to provide proof of how your travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

Any participants who experience difficulties obtaining a visa are requested to contact the ITUC immediately, citing their full name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport details (number, date and place of issue and expiry date).

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