I need to apply for a German Schengen visa for tourism. I am staying in a small hotel, booked through booking.com. When filing out the visa form the following fields have to be filled out:
- Reference type: hotel
- Name of register in which the hotel is registered: Register of Crafts and Trades, Commercial Register, Register of Partnerships, Register of Associations, Register of Cooperatives or Other register?
- Location of register?
- Registration number?
- Name of the contact person?
When I requested the hotel to provide the information for 2-5 the reply was:
Our Hotel has no registration number. Hotels owned by a single person do not need to register in any register of crafts and trades
- Does it sound legit? Are single-person run hotels in Germany in fact exempt from registration? Does the fact that the hotel exempt from registration says something bad about a hotel? The reviews and pictures look OK to me. The hotel in question is the Hotel im Rheintal
- What do I put for questions 2, 3, 4 in the Schengen Visa application form? The hotel lists value added tax ID# and the name of the responsible local authority.
After inquiring specifically
What is your number in Gewerberegister
The hotel answer was:
as singleowner of a Hotel are we not registered in the Gewerberegister.
I believe this is a reason for me to cancel the booking and look elsewhere. It's a pity as the hotel is in just the place I wanted to stay. :(
UPD. Official update from German mission in the U.S.A:
You only need to enter the address of your hotel + phone no.