There is no available appointment in the German consulates in my country of residence for a couple of weeks. Can I apply for German visa from a different country in such a case? Is it allowed?

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As a general rule, if there is a German consulate in your country of residence, you must apply there. An application may be accepted from a person legally present – but not residing - in another jurisdiction of the consulate where the application is submitted, if the applicant can justify why the application could not be lodged at a consulate in his place of residence. It is for the consulate to appreciate whether the justification presented by the applicant is acceptable. See 2.8 https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/policies/borders/docs/c_2010_1620_en.pdf#page23. Unavailability of appointments is unlikely to be accepted as a reason for not applying in your country of residence.

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    … but you may ask; they can't do much worse than saying "no".
    – Max Wyss
    Commented Oct 8, 2018 at 9:40
  • Would do. I'll try to place a call.
    – Phil
    Commented Oct 8, 2018 at 9:45
  • Update: got a NO
    – Phil
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 14:01

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