ETIAS Requirements for Canadian Citizens
What Does ETIAS mean for Canadian Citizens?
From November 2023, the EU will launch the ETIAS system, requiring Canadian citizens traveling to Europe to have a valid ETIAS authorization upon arrival at the EU border.
ETIAS authorization, which enables nationals of 58 countries worldwide, including Canada, will allow you to visit the EU/Schengen area (except Ireland) for up to 90 days per visit for three years.
How to apply for ETIAS Visa Waiver from Canada?
How to apply for ETIAS from Canada?
Applying for ETIAS authorization from Canada is a simple procedure, taking you less than 15 minutes. Just head to the application page, complete the form, and submit it alongside your biometric passport.
You’ll receive feedback about your application within hours after submission. It’s estimated that the ETIAS will have a 95% of approval rate.
22 countries from the Schengen area:
- Czech Republic
Non-eu member states:
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Non-Schengen Europe States:
By launching the ETIAS system, the EU intends to enhance its threat-curbing capabilities, increase external border security and create a smooth traveling experience for inbound visitors.
Visa Exempt Countries
Only the nationals of those 58 countries enjoying the visa-free regime with the EU as of November 2023 will be eligible for ETIAS authorization.
ETIAS for Kids and Minors
Similar to adult travelers, kids and minors must also have a valid ETIAS authorization before visiting Europe. Although children up to 12 are exempt from paying the application fee, the parents or legal guardians are responsible for obtaining their digital permits.
ETIAS for Short-Term Visits
ETIAS is a pre-issued digital travel permit, allowing you to visit Europe only for short-term purposes, like leisure, business, or medical.
If you plan to visit Europe for long-term purposes, you must have a national visa (Type D) or a residence permit card.
Other Required Documents for ETIAS
Please note that ETIAS doesn’t guarantee your entry to the European Union/Schengen Area. The border control officer might still ask you for additional documentation, including: