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My friend had a 15-days visa from France. His flight to Iran got canceled because of the coronavirus. After that, he came to Germany (Munich) because he had relatives here and went to the immigration office (KVR) to extend his visa. They told him that he can extend his visa but he should provide insurance. After providing insurance the immigration office got closed. He has sent several emails but he hasn't got any response yet. His visa is expired now and we are so worried about this issue. Is it possible for him to go back to Iran with an expired visa in this situation? The border police say that it's not possible and going back is an emergency now for him.

Do you have any suggestions for this situation?

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    Given that flights are cancelled... how is your friend planning to go back? – JonathanReez Mar 30 at 15:44
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    I do not think anyone is going to stop him from leaving, that is if he can – user 56513 Mar 30 at 15:56
  • @JonathanReez His flight got canceled at that time and all the other available flights were so expensive for the next day. So he went to KVR to extend his visa and find an appropriate flight, but after that, Munich went on quarantine and everything got complicated. – user137927 Mar 30 at 17:26
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    Do not sent emails, call them instead. In my experience getting email answer from offices is already as slow as paper mail in normal times. Now that they are closed, it is likely there is only a single person present for emergency cases – Manziel Mar 31 at 14:25
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    the German administration has almost a fetish for old fashion letters; emails will be ignored, phone calls forgotten. Germany takes paper mail very seriously and the post system is extremely efficient. It is the best way to document the case. I don't know in the EU, but I dealt with employees' visas in the US and circumstances out of control were usually well understood and never led to problems. If anything Germans are quite practical, so I wouldn't worry about it as long as he has updated the proper authorities about his situation. – Thomas Mar 31 at 17:59
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The visa status should not prevent him from leaving Germany. Under normal circumstances overstays may be punished, but for people who leave on their own after a few days that would at most be a fine. That makes the response by the border police puzzling. Are you sure nothing was lost in translation?

The city of Munich writes:

  • Contact the KVR before the visa expires. He has done that.
  • He will receive a certification which is valid until the KVR reopens. That hasn't happened yet.
  • If there is no reply yet, he should send a mail with scans of
    • Passport and visa
    • A confirmation of the hotel or host where he is staying.
    • A proof that departure is impossible. (They don't say what that is.)
    • If available, proof of health insurance.

So it seems that he did everything required and the city administration can't keep up.

He should take care to get everything documented properly so that there are no problems with the next Schengen visa application.


While I understand that returning home might be a personal emergency for him, I would think that Munich is reasonably safe at this time. Germany has more confirmed infections than Iran, but fatalities are fewer.

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    We called the immigration office today, they told us that the police know the situation and he shouldn't be worried, but when we sent an email to police, they told us that it's not legal to stay in Germany without a visa and it's not recommended to leave without a visa. I don't know if it's a normal situation to leave a country when your visa has been expired. Besides safety, we are worried that staying in Germany without a valid visa might cause him a serious problem, on the other hand, the immigration office doesn't reply to any email to make it clear whether they will extend the visa or not – user137927 Mar 30 at 17:35
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    @user137927, first step, take a deep breath. Yesterday and the day before were the weekend. Personnel might have been reassigned to the health administration. – o.m. Mar 30 at 17:54
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    @user137927 "it's not legal to stay in Germany without a visa and it's not recommended to leave without a visa": they say that because they are in charge of enforcing the law, so they have to say it. But that doesn't mean that they're going to pursue vigorous enforcement against him. He is making concerted efforts to regularize his stay because he cannot leave the country. As long as he documents those efforts (as recommended here) and leaves as soon as he can, there shouldn't be too much trouble. Records of his efforts will help not only with the next application but also with his departure. – phoog Mar 30 at 19:49
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    Note that Portugal Has given migrants and asylum seekers full citizenship rights so they can make use of healthcare. It's possible that Germany might do the same. – Nzall Mar 31 at 7:05
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    @Nzall, I consider that extremely unlikely, especially since healthcare is organized differently. – o.m. Mar 31 at 9:58
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Hi everyone and thanks a lot for all your help

The problem got solved. My friend sent an email at 7:35 (the opening time was 7:30) and attached all the needed documents. He also mentioned that he contacted the border police and they have said that he can't leave without a visa. They sent him a certificate by email that shows he is allowed to stay because of the situation.

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    Nice. Thank you for coming back to tell us about the outcome. It is good to hear that government authorities can act reasonably. – phoog Apr 6 at 13:56
  • @phoog It's a pleasure that everyone tried to help us in this situation. And yes, I'm so happy that they act reasonably. – user137927 Apr 7 at 16:16

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