How to get Schengen Visa from German Embassy in Ghana

Germany is one of the Schengen countries and as such issues Schengen visas for visa applicants traveling for short stay up to 90 days for business purposes, visits, holidays etc.

Only apply for a Schengen visa at the German Embassy if Germany is your main destination in the Schengen area.

Unlike other embassies, German Embassy has enough chairs for all visa applicants and even people accompanying them (It’s advisable to leave any other person home, unless minors or people who need assistance). They have nice reception right from the staff arranging your documents to the interviewer. They treat you as human even if they deny you visa.

There’s water to drink, books to whet your appetite for German tours and culture, and toys for the kids (didn’t see the toys last time I visited but they’ve been there).

Avoid the use of middlemen/connection men/visa contractors. They may affect your travel negatively. Read more about connection men HERE.

Germany/Schengen Visa Application Process

Schengen Visa Requirement

First make sure you meet all the schengen visa requirements and that your documents to prove are set. Click HERE to see all the requirements for Schengen visa. For country specific requirement, see the Checklist provided by the German Embassy on it’s website HERE.

Book Appointment

Unlike the Netherlands Embassy, appointment to apply for visa at the German Embassy is free. Click HERE to book your appointment.

You should receive an email after your booking. Crosscheck your email address to make sure you don’t miss the confirmation.

Prepare for interview

Based on personal experiences, the outcome of your visa application is highly dependent on your interview performance. Prepare well for your interview and really make sure you know what you are up to. I’ll be sharing with you more details on what to know ahead of the interview in my subsequent posts.

Honour your appointment

The appointment confirmation comes with no address but you can locate the German Embassy at No. 6, Kenneth Kaunda Road, North Ridge, Accra. The nearest landmark is Accra High School.

Depending on where you are coming from, take note of the traffic in town and set in early. You are expected to report at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. It’s advised you report early even an hour before time in order to be able to get additional documents, or photocopies that you forgot to make, or didn’t have idea of getting them.

Remember to have your visa fee on you. It’s EUR 60 and payable in cash and in Ghana Cedis only.

Collection of Passport

After the interview, your conscience should tell you if you are getting or not and I bet you that you won’t be surprised on the collection date. You will be given 4-working days to collect your passport. The date and time for collection will be indicated on your receipt.

Mark your calendar for Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is a beer festival celebrated annually in Munich, in the German state of Bavaria.

Ever heard of Bavaria Beer? Bavaria Beer is owned by a family in Netherlands and has its headquarters in Lieshout, a village in the Netherlands.

Despite beer coming to mind when one hears of Bavaria, Bavaria Beer isn’t from Bavaria, Germany. For a Netherlands-based company to name its beer after a German state, then one should know what the state represents. There is no doubt that Bavaria Beer was inspired by the Bavarians love for beer.

Bavaria is the largest state in Germany. It’s known for its breweries. Bavarians, world’s most beer-loving people, place a great value on their breweries and beer produced. With annual consumption of 170 litres per person, the state becomes the perfect destination for beer lovers.

Bavaria even had its own beer purity law which allowed only three ingredients; water, barley, and hops to be used in making beer. The European Union took that law off because it was incompatible with the European common market but Bavarian breweries still comply with it in order to distinguish their beer brands.

One would not argue why the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, is held in Munich, Bavaria. Oktoberfest is an annual event which welcomes over 6 million people across the globe every year since the year 1810. it is a 16- to 18-day festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October.

Large quantities of beer are consumed during the 16-day festival. 2013 alone saw a consumption of 7.7 million litres.

All the fun happens in tents; big and small. Visitors are required to book for tents in advance. The popular and biggest tent, Schottenhamel, opens the festival on the start date by having the the mayor of Munich tap the first keg to confirm successful tapping. It is only after this that all other tents may begin to serve beer.

Tents at the festival accommodate thousands of beer lovers both inside and outside of the tent. Schottenhamel for example has a seating capacity of 6,000 inside and 4,000 outside.

In recent years, visitors are able to download an app that shows nearby tents with available space. The app also helps festival goers find lost friends.

Oktoberfest isn’t just about beer only; grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and other grills are available to accompany the beer. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls, and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods available.

The 2019 edition of Oktoberfest comes off in Munich from 8:45am on Saturday, 21 September and ends on Sunday, 6 October.

Over 6 million people are expected to visit Munich, Bavaria for this year’s Oktoberfest. Should Jetsanza.com organise a trip to Oktoberfest?

World Cup 2018: Fan travels to Russia on vintage tractor

A diehard fan of the German Football team, Hubert Wirth, is traveling to Russia for the World Cup on a vintage tractor.

Wirth, 70, is undertaking this lengthy road trip from his hometown Pforzheim, Germany, to Moscow.

Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Accompanied by his dog, Wirth told eyewitnesses he hoped to reach Moscow in 10 days’ time, maybe even making a pitstop in Minsk.

The vintage 1936 tractor, which pulls a big trailer-van, goes at the speed of 30 kilometres an hour, eyewitness Sergey reported to Russia’s auto industry website Abw.by.

Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

When crossing the Belarusian border on Thursday, Wirth was stopped by local transportation authorities, who, instead of giving Wirth a ticket, respectfully asked him to buy a BelToll ticket for the toll road.

“From what I gathered, the authorities themselves didn’t know how to react. After all, a tractor is not a car,” said Sergey.

Wirth has been very responsive to fans and readily agrees to get his photo taken next to the tractor.

Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Soccer fan from Pforzheim, Germany, Hubert Wirth, 70, with his dog Hexe, drives his tractor with a trailer to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia near the village of Yasen, Belarus June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko