ETIAS Countries

The countries in the Etias Program

ETIAS countries

EU Schengen Area

Non-Schengen EU States

There are six EU members that are not part of the Schengen Area. The United Kingdom*, Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania have not joined the Schengen Agreement. To visit these countries other entry requirements may apply.

Non-EU Schengen States

Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The first three are not members of the European Union but are part of the Schengen Zone.

Canadian citizens can currently travel to Schengen member states for up to 90 days without the need to apply for a Schengen visa. However, the EU has planned to launch a new program in 2021 that will change how people travel to the region.

The European Travel and Authorization System, ETIAS, is an electronic and automated system designed to keep track of foreign visitors from countries who don’t need the Schengen visa to travel to Europe. The ETIAS countries will require that Canadian citizens have an approved ETIAS upon arrival.

ETIAS and the Schengen Area

 

The Schengen Agreement is a treaty first signed in June 14th, 1985, which led to the formation of the Schengen Area. In 1990, it was proposed to abolish systematic internal border controls and implement a common visa policy. Many countries across the world need to process a Schengen visa to visit the region.

The Schengen Zone is made up of 26 countries and 3 microstates (Monaco, Vatican and San Marino). The ETIAS will be necessary to enter all the members in the Schengen zone.

European citizens do not need a visa in order to travel within the Schengen Zone. However, they do need to travel with an identification document.

There are 6 European countries that are not in the Schengen zone and have not signed the agreement that abolishes internal borders.

They are:

  • The United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia

The ETIAS visa waiver will not be valid for the six countries listed above. In order to travel to any of these six countries, it is advised to check additional information with their embassy or consulate.

ETIAS Eligible Countries

 

Along with Canada, all visa-exempt non-EU nationals who want to travel to any country in the Schengen Area will have to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. This will be an obligatory migratory requirement to enter the Schengen member countries.

As a Canadian citizen, you are third-country national exempt from applying for a Schengen visa. Therefore, once the travel authorization program is officially launched, in order to travel to any Schengen member country you will have to enroll for an ETIAS visa waiver before your trip.