Announcing the news, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community said that taking into account the current situation, the country has decided to suspend the requirement for a residence permit, allowing citizens of Israel to stay in Germany visa-free until April 26, 2024, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Israeli citizens who are currently in Germany can stay in Germany until April 26, 2024, without having to apply for a residence permit or extend their visa-free stay.
Expressing deep concern about the situation, the German Minister of Interior, Nancy Faeser, emphasised the country’s solidarity with the people of Israel.
She said that Germany is not leaving the people of Israel alone and, at the same time, stressed that the country will continue to provide support to them.
The barbaric terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel on October 7th shocked us deeply. We are not leaving the people of Israel alone – and we also want to support those who, in the face of Hamas ‘ terror, are staying with friends and families for a while living in Germany.
Under normal circumstances, citizens of Israel are permitted to stay in Germany without a visa for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
However, in line with the new regulation, they will be exempt from the requirement for a residence permit and or extend their visa-free stay from January 26, 2024, to April 26, 2024.
The country’s decision to allow Israeli citizens to stay in Germany for a total of three months without requiring them to apply for a residence permit has been described as “pragmatic and unbureaucratic help” by Minister Faeser.
She said that the German government aims to provide its full support during this difficult time and extend a helping hand to those who have been affected by the conflict.
This is pragmatic and unbureaucratic help for people we want to support in this difficult situation.
Germany has been showing its support for Israel since the beginning of the attacks. Just recently, the German state of Saxony-Anhalt said that it would require citizenship applicants to confirm that they “recognise Israel’s right to exist”. That same said, the state condemns any efforts directed against the existence of the country.