ETIAS visa waivers for Canadians travelling to Italy (or any other country in the Schengen Area) will be a requirement in 2022. From then, Canadian citizens will need to complete an ETIAS application for Italy before arrival. However, this will be a straightforward process and is not expected to take longer than 10 minutes.
The ETIAS electronic authorisation has been designed to strengthen the security of the Schengen Area and make crossing the border easier for visitors. Travellers will be screened during the application process. This will allow people who pose a security risk to be identified and prevented from entering the region. It will also greatly cut the time it takes to enter the EU Schengen Area.
The ETIAS Europe visas waiver will be valid for 3 years and will allow visitors to spend up to 90 days (in any 180-day period) in Italy and rest of the Schengen zone. ETIAS is not a visa but will nevertheless become a necessary document to enter Europe for eligible nationals.
How can Canadians apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to visit Italy?
Canadians will be able to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver for Italy by completing an application form online. The sheet will include a range of questions. Applicants will need to provide their:
- Date of birth
- Passport details
- Travel plans
- Security information
To obtain an ETIAS program, Canadian travellers will need to meet the ETIAS requirements for Italy. This includes having a valid passport and paying a fee using a credit or debit card.
Travelling to Italy from Canada with the ETIAS visa waiver
Approved ETIAS authorisations will be sent directly to an applicant’s email address once they have been processed. Canadians will be able to travel to Italy by presenting their approved ETIAS at the border, along with their passport.
Travellers can move freely between the Schengen countries once they have entered the region. There are no internal hard borders between the participating countries, only a singular, shared external border. This may temporarily change in case of an emergency.
Passport and document requirements
Canadians will need to have a valid passport to successfully apply for an ETIAS permit for Italy. The passport used in the application must be the same as the passport used for travelling. If not, the ETIAS visa waiver will not be valid.
The ETIAS visas waiver will be attached to the visitor’s specific passport and will not be transferable. This means that if a Canadian citizen’s passport expires, the ETIAS permit will no longer be valid and they would need to reapply with a new and valid passport.
Basic information about Italy
Italy is located in the heart of the Mediterranean and has a population of 61 million. It borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia and contains two microstates: San Marino and the Vatican City.
Italy, the home of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, has left its mark on world culture and history. Rome is a living museum with an impressive number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Venice, Florence, and Milan are popular destinations and many tourists just go to Italy to experience the culture, including the incredible food on offer.
Tourist information for Canadian visitors
Italy has an incredible 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the highest number in the world. Whether one wishes to see spectacular sceneries such as the Italian Alps, masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo and da Vinci, or just enjoy Italian culture and lifestyle, there is something for everyone.
Rome is the best place to see the ruins and relics from the days of the empire. Favourite sites such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum are visited by thousands of tourists each year. Venice, the city built on water, is one of the prettiest places and is perfect for a romantic trip.
Florence is a captivating city and is ideal for those who want to experience Italian culture. It is the capital of Tuscany and home to numerous masterpieces of art and architecture. Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture and Duomo, the city’s cathedral, are a couple of the highlights.
Italy also has a breathtaking range of landscapes. The Alps are ideal for a skiing holiday and Italy has some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. There are also over 450 islands and world-class vineyards to discover.
Health information for travellers to Italy
The standard of healthcare is high throughout Italy. Canadians should make sure they take out a comprehensive insurance policy to cover any emergency medical costs. For minor illnesses and injuries, there is a range of over-the-counter medication available from pharmacies.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following routine vaccinations: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, pertussis, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B
- If taking medications, bring them in its clearly labelled original packaging
- The number to call an ambulance and contact the police is 112
- Tap water is safe to drink
Canadian embassies and consulates in Italy
Embassy of Canada in Rome
Address: Via Zara 30, Rome, 00198
Telephone: +39 06-85444-1
Consulate of Canada in Milan
Address: 3, Piazza Cavour, 6th floor, Milan, 20121
Telephone: +39 02 6269-4238