Canadian travellers will soon need to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) visa waiver in order to travel to the Schengen Area. The application for the ETIAS visa waiver is simple and only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Passengers will need to fill out an online application with their personal and passport details, pay the processing fee and receive the visa waiver via email once their application has been approved.
The ETIAS visa waiver allows European authorities to pre-screen individuals before their arrival in the Schengen area in order to identify any security issues related to the person arriving in the zone.
ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorisation designed as a preventative measure against terrorism and cross-border crime. It hoped the new system will enhance the security of the people and the region as a whole.
How can Canadians apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Iceland?
Canadians can complete an online application to register for an ETIAS visa waiver. The application requires that the applicant provide their:
- Date of birth
- Passport information
- Permanent address
Passengers are also required to answer questions on the ETIAS visa waiver application pertaining to their security, immigration history, health and any criminal records they might have.
Travellers must answer these questions honestly and accurately. The information they provide on the ETIAS visa waiver application form is checked against international security databases.
Any discrepancies that are discovered during the processing of the application can negatively impact the visitor’s chances of receiving the ETIAS visa waiver.
Passport and documents requirements for Iceland
The ETIAS visa waiver allows Canadian travellers a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen Area. It is valid for 3 years or until the holder’s passport expires, whichever happens first.
There are three basic requirements that all applicants of the ETIAS visa waiver must fulfil in order to successfully obtain the visa waiver.
- One of the main requirements is having a passport from an eligible country.
- Secondly, travellers must have a current email address where they can receive notifications regarding their ETIAS visa waiver application.
- Lastly, they must have a valid debit or credit card to pay the required processing fee.
Once all three requirements are met, Canadians can begin filling out the ETIAS visa waiver application online.
Travelling to Iceland from Canada with an ETIAS authorisation
Canadians that are approved for the ETIAS visa waiver can expect to receive the waiver within a few hours. It will be sent directly to the email address registered during the application.
They will not be required to print a copy of the ETIAS visa waiver as the document is digitally linked to the registered passport. However, it is recommended to carry a paper or digital reproduction at all times during a trip to Europe.
Basic information about Iceland
Iceland is a country with a history that goes as far back as the Vikings. In fact, it was the Vikings that first inhabited Iceland and gave the country its name.
It does not have much forestland as the Vikings cut down the trees to build houses and boats. It features one of the world’s two places where people can see two tectonic plates meet.
The plate boundary in Iceland is at Þingvellir (Thingvellir), east of Reyjavik, where the North American and Eurasian plates come together. People can also go snorkelling in the stream that flows between these plates.
Iceland is called the land of fire and ice because of the existence of volcanoes and glaciers in its territory. The country has 125 volcanoes and experiences a volcanic eruption roughly every 4 years.
Iceland tourist information for Canadians
- For medical emergencies dial 112
- Water is safe to drink
- Warm clothes will be needed as the country is known for extremely cold temperatures
- Canadians should heed local advice and that of the police when going hiking or walking on trails
- Some places in the highlands have no mobile phone coverage so travellers will need to plan for emergency communication methods ahead of visiting these areas
Health information for travellers to Iceland
Iceland is a safe country to visit and there are no vaccinations required for entry. However, travelling abroad comes with its own risks.
Therefore, visitors are advised to consider applying for a valid travel health insurance policy in order to tackle any medical emergencies that may arise during their trip. This is especially important for Canadians that plan on engaging in extreme sports while in the country.
Canadian embassies and consulates in Iceland
Embassy of Canada in Reykjavik, Iceland
- Address: 14 Tungata, P.O. Box 1510, Reykjavik 121, Iceland
- Phone: (354) 575-6500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org