Beginning in 2021, Canadians, as well as citizens of 59 other countries, wishing to travel to certain European nations, particularly, those in the Schengen area, will be required to obtain an ETIAS waiver. The ETIAS is a travel authorization that allows travelers from certain countries to be pre-screened before their arrival in order to better protect the region and its people from potential security risks.
Once the program 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 that have recently struck European countries.
How Can Canadians Apply for ETIAS to Visit the Czech Republic?
Canadians can easily apply for an ETIAS visa waiver by filling out an online ETIAS application through the visa waiver portal. The online application requires travelers to list personal details such as their name, address, date of birth, passport information, etc. which 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 in a few minutes.
Applicants will also need to answer certain questions regarding their health and security. In order to complete the application process, travelers 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 their ETIAS visa waiver via email.
Traveling to the Czech Republic from Canada with an ETIAS Authorization
While traveling to the Czech Republic, citizens from Canada must have a copy of their ETIAS visa waiver with them. They will need to present the approved ETIAS visa waiver along with their passport to be allowed entry into the country.
Travelers must note that ETIAS visa waivers are attached to specific passports, therefore, only the passport that was 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 is also known as Czechia since 2016. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and has been named the “handsomest city in Europe”. The republic is known for its medieval charms due to the 2000 castles which have been preserved in the country until today, the most prominent of them being the 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.
Passport and Document Requirements
The ETIAS visa waivers allows Canadian travelers 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 fulfill certain basic requirements, such as having a valid Canadian passport, a valid debit/credit card, and an email address. Since the ETIAS authorization is attached to a specific passport and will expire if the applicant’s passport expires, travelers must ensure that their passport will be valid for the entire duration of their travels within Europe.
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, recognizable because of its unique architecture in Prague’s city center. 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.
Health Information for Travelers to Czech Republic
Most countries in the EU, including the Czech Republic, have a very high standard of health care for their citizens. Travelers to the country, however, have to pay for their own healthcare needs while visiting. Therefore, Canadian travelers 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