1. Steinmeier and Sharif First official visit to Pakistan
  2. Pariser Platz in Berlin Welcome to Germany!
  3. VIS - Visa Information System Online Appointment System
Steinmeier and Sharif

First official visit to Pakistan

On Sunday evening (30 August), following his talks in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled on to neighbouring Pakistan. As he had done in Kabul, Steinmeier encouraged his interlocutors in Islamabad to continue to help the two neighbouring countries to move closer to each other. Following the talks, he stressed that there was a real chance to make tangible progress in the fight against terrorism in the region and in the intra‑Afghan reconciliation process. However, he added that the window of opportunity would not remain open indefinitely.

Pariser Platz in Berlin

Welcome to Germany!

In Germany, the "Land of Ideas", we place major emphasis on education, science, research and development. This makes Germany one of the most popular countries in which to study, as well as a site for state-of-the art research and patent development. With its high quality of life, good infrastructure and central location in Europe, Germany is one of the world's most attractive bases for business. Its beautiful urban and rural landscapes, combining age-old traditions and experimental modern culture, make a trip to Germany a unique experience. Germany has something for everyone, so why not pay us a visit?

VIS - Visa Information System

Online Appointment System

Appointments for visa, attestations and passports at the Embassy can only be made online. Please use your current passport number only. Any attempt to make more than one appointment with different passport numbers will lead to the rejection of your application. Please also ensure that your passport number, your e-mail address, etc. are filled out correctly, otherwise you will lose your appointment.

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Important information for asylum seekers from Pakistan coming to Europe

Please note that asylum in Germany will, as a rule, not be granted for economic reasons and will result in rejection, deportation and 

– for those who do not leave voluntarily – a ban on re-entering the country.For more detailed information kindly see these flyers:

Portrait von Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher

"I have just heard here in Dushanbe about the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher – news that moves me deeply and fills me with great sadness. ...

Guido Westerwelle

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (18 March) on the death of his predecessor Guido Westerwelle:

"The death of Guido Westerwelle fills us with profound grief. Today, we have lost someone who, for a whole generation, shaped our country – as Chairman of the FDP, as leader of the opposition and then as Foreign Minister. [...]"

Logo der Asien Pazifik Wochen Berlin

Asia-Pacific-Weeks Berlin 2016

The 11th Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) will take place in Berlin from 23 May to 3 June 2016. They are dedicated to startups and their ecosystems under the slogan "Asia-Europe Innovation Dialogue". The APW - now an annual event - are Europe`s most important platform for dialogue and cooperation with partners from the Asia-Pacific region. Relevant institutional players from the business, science, cultural and political sectors meet here, for networking and cooperation in practice.

Ambassador Ina Lepel

Ambassador Ina Lepel visited the City of Lights, “Karachi”

German Ambassador Ina Lepel visited Karachi on 10 and 11 February, 2016. Together with Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen she visited the German Cultural Institute, addressed the business community and inaugurated a research center at ICCBS, Karachi University. Furthermore, Ambassador Lepel along with CG Schmiedchen met the Governor of Sindh. He informed that the security situation in Karachi has improved considerably, compared e.g. to 2011/12. Ambassador Lepel regarded her visit very fruitful and informative and vowed to come back.

Statement by a Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson on the terrorist attack on a university in Pakistan

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (20 January) on the attack on a university in Pakistan, which media reports say claimed the lives of at least 21 people:

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2016 for a one year term

The German Government’s motto for the year is “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”. The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating States and thereby rebuild trust in Europe.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprisingly in Pakistan

Statement by a Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson on talks between India and Pakistan

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued a statement today (7 January) on the ongoing talks between India and Pakistan.

Dr. Ruth Pfau honoured for Humanitarian Work

In recognition of her services in Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau from Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC), was awarded the Staufer Medal in Gold on December 21st  by the Con­sul-General, Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen, on behalf of the Chief Minister of the German State Baden-Württemberg.

German-Pakistan cooperation in Finance

A delegation of high-ranking Government officials including Senator Saleem Mandviwalla and Finance Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah visited Germany from December 1 to 4. The main agenda was the discussion of the financial relations between provinces and the center in federal states.

Helmut Schmidt / official portrait 1985

Statement by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of Helmut Schmidt

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the following statement in Berlin on the 10th of November on the death of former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt: “Germany has paused for reflection. The death of Helmut Schmidt fills me with great sorrow. We Germans have lost a father figure. Helmut Schmidt had a profound impact on us and our country. [...]"

INTRODUCTION OF THE VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM (VIS) IN THE SOUTH ASIA REGION ON 02 NOVEMBER 2015

INTRODUCTION OF THE VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM (VIS) IN THE SOUTH ASIA REGION ON 02 NOVEMBER 2015

For detailed information please follow the link to the short Information Document on the introduction of the VIS in the South Asia region, including Pakistan (see link below).

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/pakistan/documents/press_corner/20151012_01_en.pdf

On 2 November 2015 the Visa Information System (VIS) will start operations in all South Asian countries.

For the purpose of the VIS, applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a new biometric photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database.

NEW:

Therefore, as from 2 November 2015 ALL visa applicants will have to appear in person when lodging a visa application, in order to provide their fingerprints.

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for:

-          Children under the age of twelve;

-          (Handicapped) persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;

-          Heads of State and members of the Federal Government, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

Consul General Schmiedchen and Chief Minister Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah

Inaugural visit to Chief Minister Sindh

Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen paid his inaugural visit to the Chief Minister of Sindh, H.E. Syed Qaim Ali Shah recently. Both agreed to further boost up the bilateral relations between Germany and Pakistan and encourage trade activities. The other main issues of the meeting were the human rights situation and planned cultural events of the consulate.

changeagents

Change Agents for a better tax culture

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in cooperation with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) carried out an event to create change agents amongst students for a better tax culture in Pakistan. The event is part of a campaign called “Banaey Naujawan Behter Pakistan” (The youth will make a better Pakistan).

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Ambassador Ina Lepel

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Ina Lepel presented her credentials to President Hussain on 21 August 2015. Here is some more information about her.

The Consul General

Consul General Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen

Rainer Schmiedchen

The “Make it in Germany” website welcomes skilled professionals to Germany!

Make it in germany

“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!

New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages

Facts about Germany

“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.

Daily News from Germany - www.deutschland.de

Berliner Zeitungsmarkt

Please find here the daily news from Germany

What is the time in Germany ?

During the summer months, there is a time difference between Pakistan and Germany of 3 hours, i.e. at 12:00 hours in Pakistan, it is 09:00 hours in Germany. During the winter months, there is a time differnce of 4 hours.