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.

List of 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 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.

Information where to submit your visa application

  • 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.

Convention Refugee

Airport transit visa

Checklist airport transit visa [pdf, 264.41k]

Transit Visa

Transit Visa Checklist [pdf, 253.87k]

Tourist visa

Checklist Tourist Visa [pdf, 244.38k]

Visitor visa

Checklist Visitor Visa [pdf, 272.98k]

Business visa

Checklist Business Visa [pdf, 253.01k]

Trade Fair visa

Where do I submit my visa application?


Find out where you must submit your visa application.

Contact the Visa Section of the German Consulate in Toronto


Send an email to the visa section of the Consulate General in Toronto.

Travel health insurance requirements

Applicants for a visa application are required to present a health insurance policy which meets the following requirements: the insurance must be valid for the territory of all Schengen States  emerg...

Overview of visa fees

Please note that fees are payable in Canadian dollars. The German Consulate Toronto accepts credit cards and cash in CAD. For applicants under the age of 6 no visa processing fee is charged.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Our answer to Frequently asked questions (FAQ) around Schengen visa, traveling minors, funds and more.

Introduction of Visa Information System (VIS)

VIS - Visa Information System

On 15th May 2014 the EU Visa Information System (VIS) was implemented. Visa applicants have to provide their biometric data (a digital photograph and 10 fingerprint scans) in person.