From which country did you apply for the Schengen visa? Since Germany doesn't require it for entry, so it doesn't issue visas on the RTD and it looks like you had no base country.LoveCanada10 said:Thanks Ranbowbee. You did a great job providing this very important and accurate information. I'll try to translate it to Arabic so the Arab community can benefit from it too (after your permission).
Now, I'd suggest we use this post to share our travel experience using our Travel Document. I'll be the first to share hoping others jump on board too.
I got mine last year for 2 years too. I am still not a PR. I applied for Schengen Visa and had to travel to Ottawa for the finger print to get my visa. I received the visa by mail in 2 weeks.
I traveled by air to Germany and cleared Schengen Zone with no issue. Then I traveled all around Germany using different transportation methods. I flew to Czech Republic. Rode a bus to Poland. Mini bus to Slovenia. Another bus to Hungary. Slovenia-Hungary border was the only border, they came on the bus and checked passports. Speed train from Hungary to Austria. Train from Austria to Switzerland. Train to the Netherlands. Bus to Belgium. Fly back to Canada. All went very smooth with no issue.
I might be able to try different European countries again this year. However, I am thinking of going without Schengen Visa this time to save $ but don't think the risk/reward worth it specially with all the Migration issues in Europe.
Let's hear from the others.
I did apply for a visa to Egypt about 3 years agosupergir11 said:Has anyone tried applying for a visa to either Egypt or Jordan?
Do you have a PR card?Grilka said:Thank you for the info on RTD, Rainbowbee.
I wonder if you discussed with Canadian officials what would happen to a refugee if his Refugee Travel Document is lost or stolen during travel outside of Canada? Is their Government body that would be protecting refugee's rights and safety outside of Canada?
I am in this situation. So far it's been grim. I have contacted ALL Government services that deal with Canadians abroad, including consulates - the answer is "You do not meet requirements for help, because you are a refugee, not a citizen." At the moment I can't proceed with my journey and can not return back to Canada because no airline would let me board without RTD. Even if I was to walk across US/Canadian border it is not guarantied that I would be let into Canada. The decision would be up to CBSA officer.
I would appreciate any relevant information.
To any refugee who is planning on traveling outside of Canada: do not be mistaken thinking that Government of Canada will help you abroad if you loose your Travel Document or find yourself in an emergency situation. They will not! Because you are NOT a Canadian citizens. I learned that with my own skin. I am traveling with my Canadian spouse (Canadian citizen) and they still refuse to assist.