Before you arrive

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11 Jun 2024

Before you arrive in the Kiel Region, you must understand the visa requirements and work permits you might need based on your nationality and purpose of stay. If you’re planning to visit Kiel for a short stay (typically up to 90 days within a 180-day period) and your country has a visa-free agreement with Germany, you generally won’t need a visa. 

If you plan to work in the Kiel Region, you’ll need a work visa (Arbeitsvisum) or a residence permit for employment purposes. The specific requirements and application process will depend on your qualifications, job offer and the type of work you’ll be doing. Additionally, Germany has a Freelancer Visa for freelancers and self‑employed individuals, which might suit many digital nomads. This visa allows you to live and work in Germany as a freelancer, provided you meet certain criteria, such as valid freelance activity, sufficient funds and health insurance.

Remember, visa requirements and immigration rules can change, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest information from the German embassy or consulate in your home country or the official website of the German Federal Foreign Office ( 

Written by Yessica Klein
Main photo by Kristina Ryaguzova