ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal

From the end of 2022, Canadian citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS for Portugal before visiting the country. The online Electronic Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for Europe application will be straightforward and will only take a matter of minutes. It will be obligatory for travelling to any nation in the Schengen Area.

The aim of ETIAS is to strengthen the border security of Europe as well as making travelling and document checks easier. All applicants will be screened during the application process.  The vast majority of applications will be quickly approved. The new system will also greatly speed up the process of entering Schengen’s borders.

How can Canadians apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal?

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Canadians will be able to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal by completing the online application. The form involves entering a range of information such as:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport details

There will also be some health and security-related questions. All the data provided will be cross-checked using various security databases such as Interpol and Europol. To submit the ETIAS application for Portugal it will be necessary to pay the application fees using a credit or debit card.

Travelling to Portugal from Canada with ETIAS authorisation

Once an application has been submitted and approved, the ETIAS Portugal electronic permit will be sent to the applicant by email. Canadians will be able to enter Portugal by presenting the visa waiver, along with their passport, to the border authorities. Please note that ETIAS will not change the visa-free status of Canadians (ETIAS is not a visa) but will still be mandatory.

There are no internal hard borders within the Schengen Area. There is only a singular, shared border. This means Canadian travellers will be able to move freely between the 26 Schengen countries once they have entered the free-travel zone. ETIAS EU visa waiver will be valid for 3 years and will allow Canadians to enter for periods of up to 90 days.

Passport and document requirements for ETIAS

Travellers will need to have a valid Canadian passport to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. There will be a section of the form where applicants will need to enter their passport details, including its number, nationality, and expiry date.

The ETIAS approval is attached to specific passports and cannot be transferred. This means that travellers must use the same passport to apply for ETIAS and to enter Portugal. If a passport expires, the attached ETIAS will not be valid.

Basic information about Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country with a population of 10 million. It is one of the oldest countries on the continent and has had a huge influence on global culture. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal was one of the world’s major economic, political, and military powers.

In more recent years, Portugal has been an active member of the European community. It is currently a member of the European Union, the Schengen Area, and the Eurozone.

Tourist information/travel info for Portugal

Visitors to Portugal are always impressed by the breathtaking scenery,  friendly people, magnificent architecture, and mouthwatering food and wine. For a relatively small country, there is an incredible amount to see.

Portugal’s former role as a superpower is best showcased in the 2 biggest cities: Lisbon and Porto. The country’s hilly capital, Lisbon, is renowned for its stunning pastel-coloured buildings and grand landmarks such as the imposing São Jorge Castle. Porto, situated in the northwest, is known for its charming, cobbled streets, famous bridges, and port wine.

Away from the cities, visitors will find quaint historic villages, over 800km of golden coastlines, dramatic cliffs, and gorgeous vineyards. The granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês are ideal for hiking and the stunning Algarve is the perfect destination for a beach holiday.

Health information for travellers to Portugal

The level of healthcare is high in Portugal (as in most European countries.) Nevertheless, health insurance is recommended as it eliminates the risk of high medical costs in the event of an emergency. Visitors should bear the following things in mind:

  • Bring any medication in its original packaging, clearly labelled
  • The number to call an ambulance is 112
  • Tap water is safe to drink (though many prefer bottled water)
  • Be mindful of the sun: drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen

Canadian embassy and consulates in Portugal

Embassy of Canada in Lisbon

Address: Avenida da Liberdade 198-200, 3rd Floor, 1269-121 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 21 316 4600

Consulate of Canada in Faro

Address: Rua Frei Lourenço de Santa Maria No. 1, 1st Floor, Apartado 79, 8000-352 Faro
Postal Address: P.O. Box 79, Faro, 8001-901
Telephone: +351 289 803 757

Consulate of Canada in Ponta Delgada

Address: Rua D’Agua, 28, 9500-040 Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores
Telephone: +351 296 281 488