Certain European nations have now signed collective legislation designed to improve the security of the region by screening the visitors arriving for any potential security risks they might pose. The ETIAS visa waiver is one such measure introduced to enhance the security of the region by pre-screening individuals before they arrive in Europe. Beginning in 2021, all visitors to the EU Schengen states will need to apply for and obtain an ETIAS visa waiver in order to travel to and around the Schengen area.
Applying for the ETIAS Visa Waiver to Visit Poland
In order to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to visit Poland, Canadian travelers will need to fill out the ETIAS online visa waiver application. Applicants will need to provide information relating to their backgrounds, such as their name, date of birth, address, and passport details. A section of the application also asks visitors to answer questions related to their health and security information. These questions will be regarding the applicant’s medical history, criminal past, previous travel, and immigration history that may have led to the applicant being deported or rejected entry from an EU member country. Applicants are expected to answer these questions honestly as the ETIAS visa waiver forms will be thoroughly vetted by the appropriate authorities.
Canadian citizens will then need to pay a processing fee online via a valid debit/credit card and will need to provide a valid email address to complete the application process. There will be a chance for the applicants to review the application before submitting it.
Traveling to Poland from Canada with the ETIAS Visa Waiver
Canadian travelers who have submitted there ETIAS online visa waiver application can expect to receive their approved ETIAS visa waiver within 3 business days. The ETIAS visa waiver will arrive via email and applicants must print a copy of the visa to take with them to the airport when they travel. This will need to be presented to the border/immigration officials at the Polish border/airport in order to gain entry into the country.
Basic Information About Poland
Poland is a country located in central Europe, which shares borders with Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Germany. It is also the ninth-largest country in Europe by landmass. About 30 % of Poland’s land is covered in forests. There were 37.98 million people living in Poland as of 2018 and over 94% are Polish. Warsaw is the capital of Poland which is also the biggest city in the country. The local currency is the Polish Zloty.
About 90% of the polish population identifies as Roman Catholic. Polish is the official language of the country and is widely spoken by the population. The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is located in Poland. Germany invaded Poland in 1939 marking the beginning of World War II. There are 24 national parks in Poland, over 1200 natural reserves, and over 1300 lakes covering the land in Poland. However, Poland also has a desert, called the Bledew desert.
Passport and Document Requirements to Visit Poland
The ETIAS for Canadians allows travelers a stay of up to 90 days within any of the Schengen member states and is valid for up to three years for multiple short-term visits or until the traveler’s passport expires.
Travelers must note that because the ETIAS is attached to a particular passport, if their passport expires, so will their ETIAS visa waiver. Therefore, if the traveler suspects that their passport will expire while traveling through the EU, they should renew their passport before traveling to ensure that their passport will have enough validity and that their visa will be valid throughout the duration of their trip.
Poland is home to 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration camps, the Historic Centre of Krakow, Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt mines, Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, etc.
Cities like Warsaw, Gdansk, and Krakow are some of the top tourist destinations in the country. There are a number of activities that tourists can get involved in. From climbing the Tatras mountain or exploring the salt mines of Wieliczka to getting involved in the local tradition of picking mushrooms or hitting the beaches off the Pomeranian coast. Tourists can also sail across the Masurian lake or go hiking at any of the country’s natural reserves, some with trees that are 500 years old.
Health Information for Travelers to Poland
Even though Poland has free health care for Polish citizens and citizens of the EU/ EFTA member countries, travelers from Canada would still need to have a comprehensive health insurance policy in place for their travels to Poland. Travelers should pack a health kit for emergency needs and make sure all their prescription medicine is clearly labeled with the original packaging. The emergency number in the country is 112.
Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Poland
Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
Address: ul. J. Matejki 1/5, 00-481 Warsaw, Poland
Telephone: (+48) 22 584 31 00
Fax: (+48) 22 584 31 92