Convention Refugees


Holders of a blue Canadian Travel Document (Convention of July 28th, 1951) do not need a visa for transit and/or short term stay (e.g. for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days) in Germany.



Blue Travel Document for Refugees

You are allowed to travel to Germany without a visa for a duration up to 90 days. Please read below for more information.

For longer stays you will have to apply for a national visa before travelling to Germany.

You will need a Schengen visa for a stay up to 90 days.

For a national visa you have to apply at the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa.

Grey “Certificate of Identity”

This document is not recognized in Germany. It is not possible to apply for any visa with this document. Please apply for a national passport.

You will need a Schengen visa, which will only be valid for Austria.

For a national visa please contact the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa.

In certain cases, documents have to be presented that prove the purpose and circumstances of the visit.
Similarly, proof may also have to be provided that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself during your stay and to finance the return trip. The amount of funding depends on the type and length of stay. There are no fixed daily rates. You are advised to take out health insurance before your trip which also covers return transport to your home country.

Please note that as, by Schengen law, it is Border Police Authorities to make the last decision on entry into Schengen territory.​​​​​​​

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