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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Consul général

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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul
Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul© GKChengdu/Schmidt
Dear readers,

On July 1, Germany will take over the EU Council Presidency until the end of 2020. The motto is: « Together. Make Europe strong again.  »The successful logo implements the motto accordingly. Coping with the consequences of the Corona crisis will be at the heart of the European agenda. Further focal points are climate protection, the expansion of digitalization and the assumption of more global responsibility.

Germany is expected to ease some of the entry restrictions imposed at the beginning of the Corona crisis in early July. Canadian citizens could also benefit from this if Canada is classified as a « non-risk area ». Please find more information on our website which is constantly updated in this regard.

These are good news for all those who are planning a trip to Germany in the coming weeks or months either for professional or private reasons. Overall, however, caution is still required with all travel planning as the risk assessment is updated weekly. When booking a flight or rental car, one should ensure that changes or cancellations are possible. In large parts of Germany, wearing protective masks is mandatory until further notice, at least when using public transport. European airlines such as Lufthansa or KLM also require their passengers to wear protective masks.

It remains to be seen when Canada will fully open its borders to travelers from Germany.

30 years of German unity and Beethoven's 250th birthday is still in this year's event calendar. Whether we will have a virtual or real event or a mixture of both, will depend on the regional security regulations.

I hope that things will have relaxed further after my return from « home leave » at the end of August. In September I will tell you about my travel experiences in Germany.

Kind regards,

Dr. Klaus Schmidt

Consul General

 





Curriculum Vitae


Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children


1976 - 1981

Law Studies
University of Würzburg

1981
1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
1984
2nd State Exam
1991
PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)
1985 - 2003

Press and Information Office
Federal Government Bonn/Berlin


Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office

1987 - 1988

Press Section
German Consulate General Los Angeles, USA

1991 - 1995

Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
German Embassy Ottawa, Canada

2003 - 2005

Head of Division K 01
Political and Public Relations abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2005 - 2008

Political Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2008 - 2011

Head of Division 603 and 608
Multilateral and Media Policy / Public Diplomacy abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2011

Head of Cultural Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2012 - 2015

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
German Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 - 2018

Consul General

German Consulate General Chengdu, China

since 8/2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Vancouver, Canada


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