From 2022, Canadian citizens will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver before travelling to France or any of the other Schengen countries. It will then be necessary to complete the online application for ETIAS for France which will only take a matter of minutes.
ETIAS has been designed to strengthen the border security of Europe by screening visitors to the Schengen Area before they arrive. By doing so it is expected that travelling in France will become much safer for locals and tourists.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit France?
Canadians will be able to apply for an ETIAS authorisation to visit France by completing the online application. Those seeking to register with the system must provide some personal and identifying information such as:
- Your full name
- Date of birth
- Passport details
- The answers to a number of security-related questions
All the data provided will be cross-checked against various security databases. It will also be necessary to have a valid Canadian passport and to meet the ETIAS requirements. Finally, applicants will need to make a payment using a credit or debit card to submit their application.
Travelling to France from Canada with an ETIAS visa waiver
Once an application has been approved, the ETIAS for France will be sent by email. Canadians will be able to enter France by presenting their ETIAS visa waiver authorisation and their corresponding passport to the border authorities.
There are no internal hard borders within the Schengen Area which means that Canadian travellers will be able to move freely between the 26 countries in the zone. ETIAS system will be valid for 3-year durations and will allow Canadians to enter for periods of up to 90 days.
Basic information about France
France is the largest country in western Europe, it is twice the size of the UK. It has a population of 67 million and has land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Andorra. Paris is the capital and largest city.
With over 80 million annual arrivals, France is the most visited country in the world. The nation plays a key role in Europe, not only as a Schengen member state but also one of the most influential members of the European Union.
Passport and document requirements
Applicants will need to have a valid Canadian passport to be able to apply. There will be a section of the form which will require applicants to enter their passport details including the passport number, nationality, and expiry date.
An ETIAS authorisation is attached to a specific passport which means that if a passport expires it will be necessary to reapply for ETIAS France. Applicants with more than one passport need to make sure that they use the same passport to apply and to travel to France.
Tourist information for France
There are countless reasons why people visit France. It offers incredible food, museums brimming with masterpieces, breathtaking mountains, and rivers, as well as charming villages and vineyards.
Paris is the most popular destination and features Iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame. It is also the home of the famous Champs-Elysees, as well as world-class museums like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay draw tourists by the thousand.
When is the best time to visit France? The two main considerations are the weather and the number of tourists. Though the summer months are generally the most pleasant, they are also the most crowded and most expensive. Late spring and early autumn, however, are great times to go.
Health information for travellers to France
As in most developed countries, the level of healthcare in France is very high. Health insurance is highly recommended as it eliminates the risk of high medical costs in the case of an emergency. Canadian travellers should also keep the following points in mind:
- If you take medication, bring it in its clearly labelled, original packaging
- Take a French phrasebook if you visit a doctor or a pharmacy
- The number to call an ambulance is 112
- Tap water is safe to drink
- Be wary of the sun by drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen
Embassy of Canada and consulates in France
Embassy of Canada in France
Address: 130, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 43 29 02
Consulate of Canada in Nice
Address: 10, rue Lamartine, 06000 Nice
Telephone: 33 (0)4 93-92-93-22
Consulate of Canada in Toulouse
Address: 10, Jules-de-Rességuier Street, 31000 Toulouse
Telephone: 33 (0)5 61-52-19-06