From 2022, Canadians, as well as citizens of 59 other countries, wishing to travel to European nations in the Schengen Area, will be required to obtain an ETIAS waiver.
ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorisation that allows travellers from certain countries to be pre-screened before their arrival in order to better protect residents and visitors from potential security risks.
Once the programme is rolled out, it will be mandatory for citizens of eligible countries, including Canada, to apply for and obtain an ETIAS visa waiver. It has been primarily introduced by the countries in the European Union as a preventative measure against terrorist attacks and to enhance regional security.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit the Czech Republic?
Canadians can easily apply for an ETIAS visa waiver by filling out an ETIAS application.
The online form requires travellers to list personal details such as their name, address, date of birth, passport information. This data is then checked against international security databases. If the applicant does not have a record in any of these databases, they can expect to receive their ETIAS visa waiver within minutes.
Applicants will also need to answer a series of questions regarding their health and security. In order to complete the registration process, travellers will have to pay a processing fee using a valid debit or credit card. Once the visa waiver application has been submitted and approved, Canadian citizens will receive a notification by email and the travel authorisation is linked to the passport electronically.
Passport and document requirements for Canadians in Czechia
The ETIAS visa waiver allows Canadian travellers to stay in the Czech Republic and other EU countries in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days and is valid for up to 3 years. In order to apply for an ETIAS, Canadian applicants will need to fulfil certain basic requirements, such as having a valid Canadian passport, a valid debit/credit card, and an email address.
The ETIAS authorisation is attached to a specific passport and will expire if the applicant’s passport expires. Travellers must ensure that their passport will be valid for the entire duration of their travels within Europe.
Travel information for the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a lot to offer visitors, whether it be indulging in the country’s grand historical past with a tour or admiring the modern and Bohemian architecture of its cities. Visitors can also walk on the Charles bridge over the Vltava River in Prague’s historic town and see the Dancing House, recognisable because of its unique architecture in Prague’s city centre.
The National Gallery houses the largest art collection in the country. Similarly, the National Museum and National Theatre are also major attractions bringing people into the country year-round.
Travelling to the Czech Republic from Canada with an ETIAS authorisation
While travelling to the Czech Republic, citizens from Canada should have a copy of their ETIAS visa waiver with them. This doesn’t need to be physically presented at the border. However, it’s advised that Canadians keep a paper or digital copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver for the length of their trip.
Travellers must note that ETIAS authorisations are attached to specific passports. Therefore, only the Canadian passport used to apply for the visa waiver can be used for entry into the Czech Republic and other ETIAS signatory countries.
Basic information about the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in central Europe bordering Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. It has also been known as Czechia since 2016, with its capital Prague often referred to as the “most handsome city in Europe”.
The republic is known for its medieval charms due to the 2000 castles which have been preserved in the country. The most prominent of these is Prague Castle, which has more than 700 rooms. In fact, the Czech Republic is also known as the “Castle Capital of the World”. St. Vitus’s Cathedral at Prague castle is where previous Czech kings are buried, and it also houses the republic’s crown jewels.
Prague town square is home to the Astronomical Clock, which is one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world. It was installed in 1410 during the Medieval era and is still operating today.
Health information for travellers to the Czech Republic
Most countries in the EU, including the Czech Republic, have a very high standard of health care for their citizens. Travellers to the country, however, have to pay for their own healthcare needs while visiting.
Therefore, Canadian visitors are advised to invest in a comprehensive travel health insurance program that will help take care of their healthcare needs during their journey through Europe. Below is a list of Emergency Contact Information for tourists in the Czech Republic:
- Universal European emergency number: 112
- Fire Department: 150
- Ambulance: 155
- City Police: 156
- Police of the Czech Republic: 158
Canadian embassy and consulates in the Czech Republic
Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic
Address: 95/2 Ve Struhach, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Telephone: (+420) 272 101 800
Fax: (+420) 272 101 890