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EUROPE TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION
ETIAS Canada Visa Waiver for Canadian Citizens
Get ready for the European journey with ETIAS Canada
What is ETIAS visa waiver?
What is ETIAS Canada?
European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is the European Union’s new framework for European travel. ETIAS aims at enhancing the Union’s security capabilities without compromising the smooth traveling experience.
Set to be launched in late 2024, ETIAS will enable Canadian citizens to visit the EU/Schengen Area countries (except Ireland) for up to 90 days with just a pre-issued digital travel permit, valid for 3 years.
ETIAS visa waiver can only be used for leisure or business purposes (short-term travel). Visiting the Schengen zone for any other purpose or for a period longer than 90 days requires applying for Schengen visa.
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ETIAS Requirements for Canadian Citizens
ETIAS Requirements for CA citizens
Applying for an ETIAS authorization is a simple procedure, taking less than 15 minutes. These are the ETIAS requirements for Canadian and other visa-exempt nationals:
The 95% of all international passports are biometric, so Canadian citizens do not have to worry about their travel documents. The validity of a passport means that there should be at least 6 months left before the expiry of the passport. If your passport is expiring within 6 months after your intended arrival to EU, you must renew your passport.
Please note that ETIAS Canada authorization cannot be transferred between two travel documents. If a Canadian citizen changes their passport, they must re-apply for a new ETIAS visa waiver, even if the old one isn’t expired.
It’s recommended to apply for ETIAS authorization 72 hours before your flight to the EU/Schengen Area.
Who Will Need ETIAS to Travel to Europe?
From 2024, the citizens of 59 countries worldwide having visa-free access to European countries will be eligible for ETIAS Canada.
Once you complete the application process, you’ll receive a digital travel permit, enabling you to visit the EU / Schengen Area countries for up to three months every 180 days for 3 years.
As a Canadian citizen, you can immediately jump ahead of others by subscribing to the ETIAS Newsletter.
ETIAS Eligible Countries
Citizens of the following countries will be required to apply for ETIAS before traveling to Europe.
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovin
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- North Macedonia
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidat & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States
Travelers must apply for ETIAS when traveling to any of the following countries.
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
Travel changes with ETIAS visa waiver
European Commission aimed at making traveling to Europe easier than ever. ETIAS Canada serves this purpose. The electronic travel system will do majority of screening that is otherwise done by border guards currently. The process of checking travelers’ passports, the reasons for their visit and legitimacy of their documents will take much less time.
ETIAS visa waiver will allow visiting Schengen Area in an easy and safe way. ETIAS helps you prepare for the trip, to check the expiry of your passport and to see if there are any issues with your candidate (in case you get rejected).
It is much better to receive ETIAS refusal before you travel than when you’re actually at the airport arrived in your destination country. These are the 5 steps to visiting Schengen Area with ETIAS Canada:
- Check the validity of your passport
- Fill in the ETIAS online application
- Pay the ETIAS fee
- Submit the application
- Receive the feedback within 72 hours on your email
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Yes. From late 2024 Canadian citizens must have a valid ETIAS authorization upon arrival to the European borders (the Schengen Area).
No. You can only apply for ETIAS authorization once it’s launched in 2024. But it will not be mandatory immediately. ETIAS Canada will allow 6-month transition period during which applying for the travel authorization will be optional. Only after the transition period is over ETIAS waiver will become a mandatory step for every visa-exempt traveler.
Yes. ETIAS visa waiver enables you to visit the EU/Schengen Area (except Ireland) for short-term purposes, like leisure, business, or medical.
ETIAS is not a visa. It’s an electronic travel permit allowing nationals of 59 countries worldwide to visit the EU, Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa.
Those country nationals who aren’t eligible for ETIAS visa waiver still need to apply for a traditional Schengen visa to visit the EU.