List of Countries (not) Requiring a Visa to Enter Germany
Countries starting with letter R
Generally, foreigners need a visa, i.e. a permission, to enter Germany. For correct understanding, understand as "visa" the permission to enter the country – for at most six months. Residence permit is the permission to enter and live in a country – for an indefinite period. Please keep this in your mind because this is essential legalese! Well knowing, that some countries do not distinguish between both in their legalese but here it is vitally important.
Citizens of member states of the European Economic Area (marked with the EU flag) enjoy the right of freedom of movement and do not need residence permits and do not need (anymore) to obtain a formal “residence card” . All they have to do is report their physical address at the competent registration office (Meldebehörde). Some accession states still have some restrictions.
Third countries generally must have a visa to enter – but some do not (so called "visa waiver countries"). This differentiation is related with paragraph 5 of the preamble to the Council Regulation (EC) No EC 539/2001of 15 March 2001 "listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement".
However, “Buddy” country citizens (marked with “”) may apply for a residence and/or work permit after entry. These are exclusively the visa waiver countries. This remains true if your nationality does not require a visa to enter for touristic or business purposes for a stay of up to 90 days.
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