Visiting Europe is a once in a lifetime trip that many Canadian travellers choose to experience at some point and almost always entices visitors back more than once. With so many countries, cultures and characteristics, Europe has something for everyone.
So what do Canadians need for entering Europe and what are the visa and travel requirements?
At present, Canadian nationals can visit Europe for touristic and business purposes without a visa, providing that it’s a short stay. However, in 2022 a new system will be implemented and travellers will need to apply for an ETIAS before travelling to Europe.
Travel to Europe from Canada: New travel requirements
ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is a new system that will take effect in 2022, with the aim to improve security measures throughout Europe and create a safer travel environment.
Once ETIAS is implemented, travellers will have to request an ETIAS visa waiver in order to travel to European countries indicated within the Schengen Area. This means that citizens from Canada will have to be authorized to travel to Europe through the ETIAS system.
Please note: travel restrictions and safety measures will also be heightened for Canadians travelling to Europe regarding objects such as perfume, alcohol, currency and more.
Necessary documents for Canadians applying for an ETIAS?
Canadian nationals will require a valid passport, valid credit or debit card and an email address in order to request an ETIAS visa waiver. The processing fee can be paid with a secure credit or debit card at the time of completing the online application form.
It is essential that applicants follow the list of necessary requirements in order to apply for an ETIAS. Failure to provide the correct information or the required documents could lead to delays in the processing of your travel authorization for Europe.
How can Canadian citizens apply for an ETIAS?
The visa waiver permits visits to Europe for up to 90 days and can be requested electronically making the process of obtaining travel permission for Europe much smoother.
Canadian nationals who are 18 years old and under will also have to apply for an ETIAS, although, they will be exempt from the ETIAS visa waiver fee.
The area of Europe affected consists of 26 European member states which form the Schengen Area. Up to 60 different nationalities will be required to enter these European countries with an authorized ETIAS as of 2022.
The current amount of countries permitted to enter with an ETIAS may be set to change, as it is anticipated that more countries will be incorporated into the system over time.
The ETIAS program is set to begin as of 2022 and will affect all travellers entering Europe. The process is hoped to be simple and accessible for all who wish to visit the continent.