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12. Visas

Participants from countries listed in Annex A below require an entry visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Visa applications must be sent as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days prior to departure, to the German diplomatic or consular mission of your place of residence in order to secure, prior to departure, the required entry visa in a timely manner. Due to the large number of visa applicants, a request for an appointment for the submission of visa applications may be required in some German diplomatic or consular missions.

It should be noted that air line companies will not allow boarding in the absence of a valid visa.

Participants requiring an entry visa to Germany should attach, as appropriate, to their visa application forms , duly completed and signed, the following:

  • An official letter from their Governments or organizations nominating them as official participants in the meeting;
  • One passport size photograph;
  • Valid passport (with an expiry date no less than six months from the date of entry into Germany);
  • Letter from the CBD Secretariat ((to be issued upon request).

For more information and update on visa requirements and list of the German diplomatic and consular missions abroad, please go to:

Participants experiencing difficulties in accessing these web sites and/or requiring any visa-related assistance are requested to contact directly the designated focal person below:

Ms. Pamela Klesper
Bonn, Germany
Telephone: + 49 228 305 4412
E-mail: pamela.klesper@bmu.bund.de