Belgium attracts more than 7 million tourists each year. Many come from nearby countries visa-free but for the rest, visa arrangements must be made prior to departure.
Canadian nationals will be pleased to know that they don’t need a visa in order to travel to Belgium. However, that doesn’t mean that they will only need to show their passport at the border.
The ETIAS visa waiver is a travel authorization that lets Canadian citizens enter Belgium without having to apply for a travel visa. The ETIAS visa waiver to Belgium is easy and quick to obtain and allows Canadian travelers to spend time in Belgium as well as the rest of the Schengen countries.
How Can Canadians Apply for ETIAS to Visit Belgium?
The ETIAS application process is quite straightforward and only takes minutes. Applicants will need a valid Canadian passport, a credit or debit card to pay the application fee, and an email address to receive their ETIAS travel authorization.
They will also need to make sure to meet all the ETIAS requirements for Canadian citizens and comply with the visa waiver conditions.
The whole application can be completed online from anywhere in the world — no need to go to a Belgian consulate in person. It’s paramount that the applicant completes the ETIAS for Belgium application form in all of its parts as accurately as possible. Incomplete or incorrect information may result in the travel authorization being delayed or even denied.
Traveling to Belgium from Canada with the ETIAS Visa Waiver
Once the ETIAS application has been approved, the traveler will receive their visa waiver via email. They will need to print it out and bring it with them as they travel to Belgium together with the Canadian passport that they have used during the application process.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Belgium is valid for the whole Schengen area. As long as the ETIAS holder enters the Schengen territory in Belgium, they can then visit as many Schengen countries as they like for a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period.
Home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO as well as delightful art cities, canals, and some of the finest chocolateries in the world, Belgium fascinates international tourists with its distinctly European charm.
The Belgian weather can be rigid during the winter and wet all year round. Spring and early autumn are the best times to enjoy a Belgian holiday.
Health Information for Belgium
Like most European countries, Belgium boasts very high healthcare standards. However, Canadian citizens will not be covered by the Belgian national health service and are advised to purchase health insurance before traveling.
- In case of a medical emergency, call 112 to talk with the ambulance service
- Belgian tap water is potable
- Make sure that all medication you bring from Canada is in its original package and clearly labeled
- Although most Belgians speak English, carry a Dutch or French phrasebook with you if you visit a pharmacy
Canada-Belgium: Embassies and Consulates
Find below the address and contact information of the Embassy of Canada in Brussels:
- Address: Avenue des Arts 58, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
- Telephone: 32 (2) 741-0611
- Fax: 32 (2) 741-0619
- Email: email@example.com