Canadians will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver before travelling to Greece (or any of the other countries in the Schengen Area) after the implementation of the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) in 2022. The online application will only take a matter of minutes to fill out.
ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic visa waiver that has been designed to strengthen the security of the region. The system will allow applicants from eligible countries to be screened using security databases such as Interpol and Europol.
There have been a number of high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years and an ETIAS visa waiver for Europe will aim to prevent more in the future. Both travellers and local Europeans will be safer because of ETIAS EU.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Greece
Canadians will be able to apply for an ETIAS Greece tourist visa waiver by completing an online application. Applicants will have to enter a range of information including their name, address, date of birth, and passport details. There will also be some questions related to health and security.
To successfully complete the ETIAS application for Greece, it will be necessary to have a Canadian passport and meet all the ETIAS requirements for Greece. There will also be a fee that is payable using a credit or debit card.
Travelling to Greece from Canada with the ETIAS visa waiver
Once an application has been submitted and approved, the ETIAS visa waiver will be linked to the passport electronically. Canadians will be able to travel to Greece and all the other Schengen countries by presenting their passport and ETIAS at the border.
There are no internal borders between Schengen countries. This means Canadian travellers will be able to travel between the member nations freely (without passport controls) once they have entered a Schengen country.
Passport and document requirements
Applicants will need to have a valid Canadian passport to be able to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. A section of the form will require applicants to enter their passport number, nationality, and expiry date.
ETIAS authorisation will be attached to specific passports. It will not be possible to transfer an ETIAS to another passport. Canadians with dual nationality will need to make sure they use the same passport for the application and for entry.
Basic information about Greece
Greece is situated in Southern Europe and has a population of around 11 million. It is considered the cradle of Western civilization and is synonymous with its ancient era. Athens is the capital as well as the largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.
Few countries have contributed as much to world culture and progression as Greece has. The nation has been credited as the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, political science, and the Olympic Games.
Greece has a phenomenal amount to offer tourists. It has some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world, fascinating culture and history, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and sensational food.
The nation’s stunning capital, Athens, is the best place to witness the relics of the ancient era. It also has a bohemian, cosmopolitan, modern side where you can find contemporary museums and fantastic bars and restaurants.
Greece is a famous destination for beach holidays. It has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean Basin as well as hundreds of islands. Corfu, Crete, and Santorini are stunning places to relax while islands like Kos are perfect for party-goers.
Health information for travellers to Greece
Visitors should see their doctor 4-6 weeks before their trip to make sure they have all the necessary vaccinations. It is also recommended to get a comprehensive insurance policy to avoid high emergency medical costs.
Canadian travellers should keep the following points in mind:
- The number for emergencies is 112
- Tap water is drinkable in major towns and cities but bottled water is recommended when visiting the islands
- Be wary of the sun. Dehydration and sunstroke are real risks in the summer months
Canada – Greece: embassies and consulates
Embassy of Greece in Ottawa
Address: 80 MacLaren Street. Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0k6
Telephone: (+1) 613 238 6271
Consulate General of Greece in Toronto
Address: 1075 Bay Street, Suite 600. Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1.
Telephone: +1416 51501324
Consulate General of Greece in Montreal
Address: 1002 Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 2620. Montreal, QC, H3A 3L6.
Telephone: +1514 8752119
Consulate General of Greece in Vancouver
Address: 688 West Hastings St. Suite 500. Vancouver BC. V6B 1P1.
Telephone: +1604 681 1381
Embassy of Canada in Athens
Address: 48 Ethnikis Antistaseos Street, Chalandri, 152 31, Athens
Telephone: +30 (210) 727-3400
Consulate of Canada in Thessaloniki
Address: 19, N. Kountouriotou Street, 546 25, Thessaloniki
Telephone: +30 (2310) 256350