Security and visa matters

weltwärts exchange projects can only be carried out in countries where the participants’ safety is guaranteed. Consequently, some countries are excluded from the projects for security reasons. The travel warnings issued by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office (“Auswärtiges Amt”) also apply. All participants in development-related youth-group exchanges need a valid visa in order to enter the countries taking part in the project.

List of excluded countries

Projects in the following cannot be funded due to security issues:

Egypt, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guinea, DR Congo, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Chad

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria

Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela

Papua New Guinea

List of partially excluded countries

In some countries there are specific regions that are excluded from weltwärts Exchange Projects. The weltwärts Exchange Projects team will be happy to give advice on projects planned with partners from the following countries:

Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia

India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Turkey

Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay

Georgia, Kosovo, Ukraine

Important: Projects involving partially excluded countries may take longer to be processed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as the application may have to be additionally reviewed by the Foreign Office.


All participants in weltwärts exchange projects need a valid visa for the duration of their stay in the partner country. Information on current visa rules can be obtained from the countries’ embassies and consulates.

The weltwärts Exchange Projects team can assist with visa applications by supplying a covering letter and a visa support letter from the BMZ to be presented to the embassy, if required. To do so, they will need an up-to-date, full list of participants, which should be sent in digital format to:

Teilnehmendenliste für das personalisierte Visabegleitschreiben (PDF, 965.1 KB)