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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Consul général


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

Due to the current situation, the COVID-19 crisis, I contact you today with an update from the Consulate General:

Our intern has just left Canada earlier than planned; he followed the advice to go back to Germany as soon as possible. By now it has now become clear to many people that the crisis has also hit Canada. The Consulate General Vancouver, like our colleagues in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal and the Honorary Consulates in Edmonton and Calgary, is now working in crisis mode. Among other things, this means that we will reduce our staff presence in the Consulate in order to reduce the risk of mutual infection. Daily fever measurement is now part of our morning routine. Anyone who has an elevated temperature must stay away from the workplace.

Less on-site staff also means that we have to « stretch » our services. We ask our customers to postpone things that are not time-critical. Anyone who feels sick should refrain from visiting the Consulate. Our security personnel are instructed to carry out a « temperature check » by probe for all of our visitors.

At the moment, we have to cancel or at least postpone almost all of the events we have planned.

We hope to be fully operational again in time for our EU Presidency in the second half of this year.

The measures taken serve to maintain the Consulate's ability to work and, last but not least, to protect our guests. I am sure you understand this. We will continue to keep you up to date with our newsletter, via Facebook and our website.

Stay healthy!

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

1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
2nd State Exam
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


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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