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Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

15.07.2020 - Article

Here you can find information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations.

1. Processing of visa applications

Applications for a visa to the German Consulate General Toronto can be submitted as normal without restrictions due to COVID-19. Please take note of the general information on visa applications.

2. Simplified procedure for new visas 

I. National visa (for long stays; D visa)

The entry restrictions may mean that you are not able to use a national visa issued by the German Consulate General in Toronto prior to the entry into force of the entry restrictions on 17 March 2020 during its period of validity.

As soon as travel is possible again, a new national visa can therefore be issued as part of the simplified procedure upon application. This fast‑track procedure will be available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your stay and destination remain unaltered.

An informal application for a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including August 13, 2020 at the German Consulate General in Toronto. Up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary. Please find more information here.

II. Schengen visa (for short stays of up to 90 days; C visa)

A new Schengen visa (stay of up to 90 days, C visa) can be issued under the simplified procedure in the following two cases:

  • If a C visa already issued could not be used due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
  • If an application for a C visa was withdrawn by the applicant due to the entry restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

However, it is only possible to issue a C visa under the simplified procedure

  • in the case of visas with a validity of a maximum of 90 days (i.e. particularly not in the case of multiannual visas).
  • The visa must have been originally applied for at the German Consulate in Toronto.
  • Furthermore, the purpose and destination of the intended trip must not have changed.

An informal application for a new visa under the simplified procedure can still be made up to and including Januar 13, 2021 can be used. It is possible that up‑to‑date documents proving that the applicant still fulfils the requirements for a visa will have to be submitted. In particular, a new declaration of commitment is necessary if more than six months have passed between the date on which the old declaration of commitment was submitted and the date on which the new visa application is submitted. Another interview or appointment booking is not necessary.  Please find more information here.

3. Restrictions on entry to Germany

As a rule, entry from Canada is possible if the normal requirements, e.g. a valid visa, depending on nationality, are met.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) prior to your trip to find out what regulations apply specifically with regard to the country from which you plan to enter Germany.

In principle, entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • the United Kingdom
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

3. Quarantine regulations for entry to Germany

In principle, no quarantine applies for entry to Germany from Canada. Quarantine may, however, be necessary if travellers have stayed in a risk area in the 14 days prior to entry. More details are available below under Risk areas.

Upon entry into Germany following a stay in a risk area within the last 14 days

  • you must, under these agreements, proceed directly to your destination following entry into Germany,
  • self-isolate at home and
  • email or phone your competent authority, as a rule the health office in your place of residence/accommodation.

Exception: transit

The obligation to self-isolate at home does not apply in the case of transit through Germany. In this case, however, you are obliged to leave Germany immediately.

Exception: proven negative test result

If you can prove that you are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, these quarantine regulations do not apply.

This proof must take the form of a medical certificate. The molecular test to detect an infection must have been conducted no more than 48 hours prior to entry (i.e. the swab must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry). The test must have been carried out in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards.

Alternatively, the test may be carried out upon entry

  • at the border crossing point or
  • at the place where you are staying.

The test result must be retained for at least 14 days after entry – regardless of whether the test was conducted prior to or following entry. It must be submitted to the health office upon request.

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