Holders of expired Schengen Visas who are still stranded in Germany due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, may stay in the country until 30 September.

Schengen Visa Info reports the Ministry of Interior has also decided that foreigners with expired Schengen Visas in Germany, will remain exempt from the requirement of obtaining a residence permit.

“Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this regulation regulates the extension of the temporary exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for holders of Schengen Visas in the federal territory and the temporary exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for transit through the federal territory for the purpose of leaving the Schengen,” the decree stipulates.

The ministry is also allowing foreigners with expired Schengen Visas to find work in Germany.

“Foreigners who are exempt from the requirement of a residence permit in accordance with paragraph 1 are permitted to pursue gainful employment to which their Schengen Visa has been entitled until 30 September. This also includes employment that is not considered employment within the meaning of the Residence Act,” the decree explains.

Schengen Visa Info reports these persons will also be able to travel to another country that has granted them entry, given that Germany permits those coming from that particular country to enter again, for up to three days of stay, until 30 September.

A previous law permitted Schengen Visa holders to stay in Germany until 30 June.

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