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The Federal Republic of Germany

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Germany?

Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Germany for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.

Most other nationals will need a visa.

Citizens of the following countries generally need an airport transit visa with which passengers are restricted to the secure boarding lounge: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Somalia, Congo, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Eritrea, Lebanon, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mali, South Sudan, Ghana, Myanmar, Syria, India, Nigeria, Turkey.

Foreigners with Canadian Permanent Resident cards and real valid foreign national passports (not Canadian refugee travel documents) can transit Germany without a visa. A transit stop in Germany only allows a short stay in the international transit area, neither leaving the airport's international transit area nor overnight stays are possible. The following travellers do not require an airport transit visa (even if they are citizens of a country mentioned in the list above):
- holders of a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card
- holders of a valid Canadian visa
- travellers who leave Canada after having used a Canadian visa and still have legal status in Canada (Your status in Canada is legal until the date stamped in your passport when you entered Canada. If you have a work/study permit your status is legal until the permit expires.)

Non-Canadians must apply IN PERSON at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country which is their main or first destination.

Apply IN PERSON at the nearest consulate for the Schengen Zone visa.

Germany is a signatory of the Schengen area Agreement on border control and visa standardization. The application for a Schengen area visa is the same for all members. Prices vary depending on the country of your first arrival.


Travelers to Germany are advised that they must seek visas directly from the German Consulate General nearest them, or from the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa.


Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
1 Waverley Street,
Ottawa ON K2P 0T8
Tel: (613) 232 1101

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto
77 Bloor St. West, Suite 1702
Toronto ON M5S 2T1
Tel.: 416-925-2813 Fax: 416 925 2818

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver
Suite 704 - World Trade Centre, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver BC V6C 3E1

For more information about travel conditions, please visit the Foreign Affairs Web site.