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I have an appointment at German Embassy for German National Visa this Monday. The purpose is a new employment (Got a job in Germany). I was going through the checklist and found out about the travel health insurance -

Certificate about compulsory health insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung) from German employer valid from date of employment. Please note: If not already included in the compulsory health insurance a separate travel health insurance has to be presented for the time frame from arrival in Germany until beginning of employment (see below)

Furthermore, it mentions -

In case of visa approval, you will be requested to present a travel health insurance (Kindly refer to www.india.diplo.de/visa to find out about the travel health insurances accepted).

So, I am assuming that the travel health insurance is not required at the time of application, but only after approval. Is that correct?

I already have a confirmation from my new employer which mentions the following text -

This letter is to confirm that we will ensure that our prospective employee , born on will obtain health insurance in Germany and is taking care of registering the employee for the health insurance.

I confirmed with the HR and she says I still have to buy a health insurance. She doesn't know whether it's before or after appointment/approval.

So should I go at the embassy with a confirmed travel health insurance or not?

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I checked with the Embassy, as well as the visa officer at the time of my appointment at the embassy that health insurance is required at the time of approval only.

Update:

I have received my visa stamped today. In the first appointment, health insurance is not required. They return the passport to you with a stamp on it to mark that you applied and reserve a spot on the pages. When the visa gets approved, they ask to bring health insurance confirmation along with the Passport. After a week the passport, I have received the visa stamped on the marked page.

  • Did your employer share the insurance details (or insurance doc) to you after your VISA approval? were they couriered to you after approval or email? – Bhanu Hoysala 8 hours ago
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Travel health insurance is required, your employer has confirmed that they will ensure that they will deal with the registration of your health insurance.

They will also register you for taxes, including church tax.

They will ask you which church and if it belongs to the church tax system an extra tax is deducted.

'Church of England' is one that does not belong to it and of course none is also a valid answer.

  • Given that the question is tagged "indian-citizen", it is very unlikely that the OP is a member of the CoE (they might be a member of the Anglican Communion, but even that is not very likely). – Martin Bonner May 13 at 11:09
  • The point was a sample of a church that does not participate in the church tax system PLUS none as a valid answer. There may be many others for which this information, with practical sample, will be useful. I know Church of England to be true, which prefer to quote rather than guessing. – Mark Johnson May 13 at 11:30
  • You statement is not only irrelevant but wrong. The Anglian Church of India has 500.000 members en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglican_Church_of_India – Mark Johnson May 13 at 11:39
  • 1. The Anglican Church of India is not The Church of England. 2. 500,000 out of 1,000,000,000 is 1 in 2000 - which is pretty much what I meant by "not very likely". – Martin Bonner May 13 at 13:30
  • It does't matter, since it is 2 sample of truthful answers which will result that the person will not be liable for the church tax. Many foreigners write only protestant (instead of a specific church name) and must pay the tax to the German luther church (protestent) without being a member of it. Once in, it is very hard to get out. Thus the information with 2 pratical samples for peaple who often do not know that such a tax exist. Do you really believe the readers are so stupid not to know that they should replace CoE with their own religion? Sorry, but I believe your comments are irrelevant – Mark Johnson May 13 at 13:58

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