Once an ETIAS application has been processed, the approved ETIAS Europe visa waiver is linked to the traveller’s passport and an email notification is sent. The candidate will then be able to use the ETIAS travel authorisation to enter the Schengen Area.
ETIAS is expected to be implemented in 2022. Once it has been introduced it will be a requirement for Canadians to apply for and obtain an ETIAS visa waiver in order to go to any of the Schengen countries.
ETIAS is not a visa, the application will be quick and straightforward and the application form will only take a matter of minutes to fill out. Applicants will also have to enter a variety of information including their passport details and travel plans.
Entering the Schengen Area with your approved ETIAS visa waiver
With your approved ETIAS visa waiver for Europe, it will be possible to enter any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area. There are no hard borders between Schengen countries, only a singular, shared, hard border.
All of the countries in the European Union are in the Schengen Area except the UK and Ireland. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland have also signed the Schengen Agreement despite not being in the EU. The microstates of Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City are also included.
Canadians and many other nationalities can enjoy visa-free access to the Schengen Area as long as they do not spend more than 90 days in the zone in any 180-day period. From 2022, visa-exempt travellers will also need an ETIAS authorisation to cross an external border.
These European travel authorisations will be valid for three years. However, if someone’s passport expires before this three-year duration it will be necessary to reapply for ETIAS as the visa waiver cannot be transferred to a different passport.
What will Canadians need to do to get an approved ETIAS visa?
To be able to successfully apply for ETIAS, Canadians will need to meet a few basic visa requirements. It will be necessary to have a valid Canadian passport as well as a credit or debit card to pay the fee for the visa waiver.
Applicants will need to ensure that they enter all of the information required accurately. Any incomplete or inaccurate data could lead to the visa application not being approved.
It will be necessary to answer a series of questions and enter a range of information. You will need to provide your contact details, date of birth, passport details, travel plans, and information about your health.
Each application will be screened before it is approved. The aim of ETIAS is to identify anyone who poses a security risk and to prevent them from entering the Schengen Area.