Short Stays


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 attempt to work.

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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.  We are responsible for processing your application if either Germany or Austria is your main destination.

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

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 generally takes approximately two weeks. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, inquiries can only be answered if they are made by email by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant.

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. There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. 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

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa. 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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