Visa Wavier Agreement Between Germany and Australia
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 23, 2013 7:33 AM Last Post By: Aribo
Feb 19, 2013 6:18 PM
I have a question in regard to visa requirements. I am well aware of all the rules surrounding the Schengen agreement and the heavily enforced 90 days of travel i am allowed within a six month period. My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Europe in April and intend to travel around and see as many countries as we can in our allowed 90 day period. We intend to volunteer at a summer camp for a couple of weeks after this in Germany which would overstay our 90 days by a few weeks.
Here is the part where i am very much unsure of. My travel agents advice was to attain a working visa. Which i really didn't want to have to do for two weeks volunteering at a summer camp. So i emailed the german consulate in Australia and received a reply saying
"..there is a visa waiver agreement between Germany and Australia which allows Australians to spend up to three months in Germany, without reference to time spent in other Schengen area countries.
Citizen from other countries needs to wait 90 days to be able to reenter the Schengen states, but the agreement is a special agreement between Germany and Australia and is designed for Australians travelling through the Schengen states, who want to stay another 90 days in Germany. You should be fine!
You just need to make sure that you are leaving Germany and the Schengen Area before the first 90 days expire, e.g. to England....then you can reenter Germany again for another 90 days."
When i told my travel agent this however she still wasn't convinced and believes we may run into trouble with this as she has never heard anything about this wavier.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON THIS ISSUE I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO VERY MUCH
Feb 19, 2013 8:06 PM
See this from the official German Embassy web site
Feb 19, 2013 8:07 PM
Feb 19, 2013 8:25 PM
3Perhaps this is what the consulate is thinking of:
Note from footnote#3 (applies to Australian) Residence permits (also for stays of more than 3 months) may be applied for after entering Germany without a visa.
Same thing also stated here under the Requirements for the issue of visas for longer stays and/or stays entitling the holder to take up gainful employment sub-heading.
Feb 20, 2013 2:18 AM
4You have done the correct thing by asking the competent authority. And the competent autghority is the German diplomatic mission in this case and not some travel agent in the outback (sorry if that sounds too rude). If you feel unsure you might ask the consulate to confirm the content of their email in written.
There are indeed special regulations applying to citizens of Australia (and some other nations) for overstaying thei 90-days-period in Germany. Look here: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/FAQ/VisumFuerD/02-Arbeiten.html?nn=479790 Since you can arrange this after entry to Germany, the answer of the consulate is perfectly fine.
Feb 20, 2013 7:11 AM
Welcome to TT!
I don't know about that agreement between Germany and Australia but if the embassy told you about it it should be right. However, I'd like to point out that officials of other countries can be unaware of the agreement and you could face problems if exiting the Schengen Area overland or at an airport out of Germany. There was a thread about the Schengen Area and that type of agreements made by someone from New Zealand (NZ has similar agreements with several Schengen countries) but, sadly, it isn't available anymore.
Feb 23, 2013 7:33 AM
6Kudos to your travel agent for not trying to convince you that you are allowed to spend 90 days in each individual country in Europe, as most Ozzie travel agents seem to think.
That said, if the consulate tells you you're fine and your travel agent says you're not, your safest bet is to follow the consulate's advice. It wouldn't hurt to print the email you received from them, though, just in case you meet an immigration officer in Germany who is not aware of this special agreement between Germany and Australia.
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