Short stays and Airport transit
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, if you do not attempt to work in Germany.
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 or transit via 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 transit and/or short term stay in Germany. For more information see below.
Please read all checklists below very carefully, print the checklist applying to you, and bring the checklist together with your complete application to your appointment.
- When and where to apply?
The processing of an application for a Schengen Visa takes approximately two weeks. The German Consulate will generally accept visa applications three months before entry into Germany at the earliest.
You have to submit your application in person at the Foreign Mission which is responsible for your consular district.
- Passport Requirements
Please note these important regulations concerning passports:
- Its validity has to extend the duration of your stay by at least three months
- It has to contain at least two blank pages
- It must have been issued within the last ten years.