ETIAS for Germany will be implemented at the end of 2022. After it is introduced, it will be a requirement for a large number of foreign nationals, including Canadians, who travel to Germany or any other country in the Schengen Area. To apply for ETIAS, it will be necessary to fill out an online ETIAS application which will only take a matter of minutes.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Europe has been designed to strengthen the security of the Schengen Area and make travel easier for eligible visitors. ETIAS applicants will be screened using several security databases as part of the application process. This will allow the authorities to identify security risks. The process is easy to complete online from anywhere in the world.
The ETIAS authorisation will be valid for 3 years and will allow visa waiver-holders to spend up to 90 days in the Schengen Area (in any 180-day period.) Canadians should note that ETIAS is not a visa and that, therefore, their visa-free status will not change after 2022. However, ETIAS will become a mandatory requirement to enter Germany and any Schengen nation.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Germany?
Canadians will be able to complete the application for an ETIAS visa waiver for Germany by filling in an online form. The ETIAS application for Germany will consist of a range of questions that travellers will need to answer by entering information such as their:
- Date of birth
- Travel plans
- Health information
To successfully obtain an ETIAS visa waiver, applicants will need to meet the basic ETIAS requirements for Germany which includes having a passport from one of the eligible countries. Petitioners will also be required to pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
Passport and document requirements
Applicants will need to have a valid Canadian passport to obtain an ETIAS German tourist visa waiver. There will be a section of the form where they can enter their passport details including the passport number, nationality, and expiry date.
An ETIAS visa waiver will be attached to a single specific passport. This means that the same passport will need to be used for the application form and for entering Germany (or any other Schengen country). It will not be possible to transfer an ETIAS authorisation between passports.
Travelling to Germany from Canada with an ETIAS authorisation
Once an application has been submitted and approved, the ETIAS for Germany will be sent to the visitor by email. Canadians will be able to enter the country by presenting their ETIAS visa waiver, along with their passport, to the German border authorities.
The Schengen Area has no hard, internal borders. There is only one shared, external border. Therefore, travellers can move freely between the Schengen countries once they have entered the zone unless a temporary border has been placed for extraordinary reasons.
Basic information about Germany
With 82 million people, Germany has the largest population of any of the Schengen countries. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, its reputation as a lively, fascinating country to visit has continued to grow.
Germany has played a central role in Europe for decades. It is one of the founding members of the European Union (EU) and has been highly influential in shaping policy ever since. Germany shares borders with 9 other countries, these include Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
Tourist information for Germany
Germany has become a very popular choice for holidaymakers in recent years. The cities are fascinating, beautiful, and tell the nation’s long, intricate history. The landscape consists of stunning rivers, rivers, mountains, and the North Sea beaches.
Berlin, the capital, has become one of Europe’s most visited cities. It is home to historical sites, such as the Brandenburg Gates, as well as an unparalleled nightlife scene and world-class museums. Munich is famous for its beer halls and particularly for Oktoberfest which draws thousands of visitors each year.
Bavaria is a popular region of Germany for those who want to explore rural Germany. It is renowned for its medieval castles which look like they are from a fairytale and its idyllic countryside. Each region of Germany has its own culture. It is a very diverse nation, and each region offers something unique.
Health information for travellers to Germany
As in the majority of the Schengen countries, the standard of healthcare in Germany is very high. In particular, German doctors have a reputation for being thorough and the hospitals for being efficient. Canadian travellers are recommended to take out an insurance policy as it eliminates the risk of high medical costs.
- If taking medications, bring them in their original packaging, clearly labelled
- The number to call for an ambulance is 112
- Tap water is safe to drink
- Take a German phrasebook when visiting a pharmacy or hospital
Canadian embassies and consulates in Germany
Berlin – Embassy of Canada
Address: Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (30) 20312 470 / 49 (30) 20312 0
Düsseldorf – Consulate of Canada
Address: Benrather Strasse 8, 40213 Düsseldorf
Telephone: 49 (211) 17 21 70
Munich – Consulate of Canada
Address: Tal 29, 80331 Munich
Stuttgart – Consulate of Canada
Address: Leitzstrasse 45, 70469 Stuttgart
Telephone: 49 (711) 22 39 67 8