ETIAS visa waivers for Canadians travelling to Italy (or any other country in the Schengen Area) will be a requirement in 2021. From then, Canadian citizens will need to complete an ETIAS application for Italy before arrival. However, this will be a straightforward process and won’t take longer than 10 minutes.
The ETIAS visa waiver has been designed to strengthen the security of the Schengen Area. To facilitate this, travellers will be screened during the application process for this visa waiver. 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 the EU.
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 visa waivers 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 ETIAS visa waiver 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.
Passport and document requirements
Canadians will need to have a valid passport to successfully apply for an ETIAS Italy tourist visa waiver. 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.
ETIAS visas waiver will be attached to specific passports and will not be transferable. This means that if your passport expires, your ETIAS EU visa waiver will no longer be valid and you would need to reapply.
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 and full 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.
Italy has an incredible 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the world. Whether you want to see spectacular scenery 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 an incredible, 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 though hospitals in the north are generally better than those in the south. 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 vaccinations: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, pertussis, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B
- If you take medication, bring it in its clearly labelled original packaging
- The number to call an ambulance 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