transit visa might be required if you fly via Germany or Austria to get to your final destination.

The vast majority of travellers do not need a visa when transiting through Germany or Austria. Entry clearance requirements depend on their citizenship or resident status.

Please note the difference between an AIRPORT TRANSIT visa and a regular TRANSIT visa.

We are responsible for processing your application for a transit visa if either Germany or Austria is your first point of entry to the Schengen area.

Canadian citizens do not need a Schengen visa to transit in the Schengen area. Please review information about passport requirements below.
Non-Canadian citizens who wish to transit via Germany or Austria may require a Schengen visa depending on their citizenship and resident status.
Convention Refugees: Holders of a blue Canadian Travel Document do not need a visa for transit in Germany.

Airport Transit

you hold a passport from the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria

you hold a passport from the following countries:

  • India
  • Jordan (Holders of a valid visa for Australia, Israel or New Zealand and if they are travelling to these countries abd are in possesion of a valid boarding pass or confirmed flight ticket do not need an airport transit visa)
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Turkey (Holders of a diplomatic, official or ministerial passport do not need an airport transit visa)

  • you hold a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card
  • you hold a valid Canadian visa
  • you leave Canada after having used a Canadian visa

Please note that an airport transit visa only allows a short stay (up to 12 hours) in the international transit area.
Airports with International Transit Area in Germany and Austria are:

Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna


  • you have to pick up your baggage and/or have to check in again (please verify with your airline)
  • you have to pass passport control (please verify with your airline)
  • you are transiting through two or more airports in Germany/Austria or other Schengen countries (for example: Toronto-Frankfurt-Vienna-India or Toronto-Frankfurt-Munich-India)
  • you hold an open ticket

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

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