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15.09.2020 - Article

A Schengen visa is required if you wish to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for business, visitor and/or tourist purposes, and you do not wish to take up employment.

The Visa Section of the German Consulate General Toronto does not offer consultation by phone. Please contact us by email.

Please note that the German Consulate General Toronto does not accept Schengen visa applications on behalf of Austria until further notice. You must contact the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa for any futher questions.

For certain occupations in Germany not exceeding 90 days within 180 days or, for certain occcupations not exceeding 90 days within 12 months, a Schengen Visa containing additional specifications will be issued. For specific enquiries prior to an application here.

Schengen visas allow people to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days every six-month period  for tourist, business and/or visitor purposes.  The German Consulate General in Toronto is locally competent for processing your application if Germany is your main destination.

You can find more information on where to submit your application click here.

List Schengen Countries

Canadian citizens do not need a Schengen visa to stay in Germany. Please review information about passport requirements below.

Non-Canadian citizens who wish to stay in Germany may require a Schengen visa depending on their citizenship.

To determine whether you need a visa, please check the country list.

Convention Refugees: Holders of a blue Canadian Travel Document do not need a visa for short term stays in Germany.

You can find more information on travelling with minors here .

Preparing your application

Important information
Please do not send any documents to the Visa Section unless requested to do so, particularly not prior to the submission of your visa application. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring all necessary documents with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment in person at the Foreign Mission responsible for your consular district. Visa applications may be submitted by duly authorized representatives of professional, cultural and sports associations on behalf of their members, or by educational institutions on behalf of their students. In this case, submitting complete and conclusive documentation is of major importance. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion. Fingerprints will also have to be taken in cases where the application was filed by a representative of an association or educational institution. In general, all applications have to be submitted in person.

What happens during processing?

The responsible Foreign Mission will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing times for applications submitted with the full set of required documents is up to 15 days. In justified cases, the processing time may be extended to 45 days. Please take note that the visa section will not give information about the state of affairs in a pending application. We therefore appreciate if you could please refrain from any enquiries when your visa will be ready for collection or when it will be delivered to you.

Return of your passport

As soon as the authorized mission has decided on your application, your passport will be mailed to you by using the Canada Xpress envelope provided by you. As soon as your passport is returned to you, please check whether the information contained in the visa is correct and corresponds to the information you entered in the application form. In particular, please verify your full name, passport number and validity, i.e. the period of time and the corresponding number of days in which you are allowed to travel. If you do notice an error, please let us know immediately so that the visa will be re-issued. Please note that in case you have not notified the visa section in time about an error in your visa, the visa section cannot be held liable. In case your visa had to be denied, the legal reasons will be given in writing in German and in English. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected. You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip!
Information for visa holders

Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa.

Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance coverage. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

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Your question may already be answered here, so we kindly ask you to read these questions and answers carefully before contacting the German Consulates General or Embassy. Thank you very much.

Frequently asked questions on Schengen visas  (FAQ)

In order to you apply for a visitor visa and if your host in Germany bears your travel costs, you need to provide a financial sponsor letter according to §68 of the German Immigration Law or "Aufenthaltsgesetz".

Formal obligation - ("Verpflichtungserklärung")

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