Germany extends stay of stranded Schengen travelers

Schengen visa holders in Germany

Germany has issued an ordinance that helps those with expired Schengen visas to stay longer in the country. The ordinance allows such people who are stuck within the borders of Germany due to COVID-19 prevention measures. They can stay on in Germany till September 30, 2020, without needing to hold a residence permit.

This ordinance that concerns Germany migration is applicable to all foreigners who:

  • Who were in Germany’s federal territory on 17 March 2020, holding a valid Schengen visa, or
  • Who entered Germany’s federal territory not before 17 March 2020, and stayed in Germany until 30 June 2020.

Germany’s Ministry of Interior has even decided to allow these people to get a job in Germany during their stay. The jobs they may find could be one that is not treated as employment under the definition by the Residence Act.

These people will be allowed to travel to another country that offers them entry. But this will be subject to the condition that Germany allows those arriving from that country to enter inside its borders again, letting them stay for up to 3 days until September 30, 2020.

The current ordinance follows an earlier one that had allowed stay till June 30, 2020.

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