From 2021, Canadian citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS for Portugal before traveling to Portugal or any of the countries in the Schengen Area. The online ETIAS Europe application will be straightforward and will only take a matter of minutes.
The aim of ETIAS is to strengthen the border security of Europe. All applicants will be screened during the application process. Anyone who poses a security threat will be identified and prevented from entering the region. The vast majority of applications will be quickly approved.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Portugal?
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 your full name, date of birth, and 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 make a payment using a credit or debit card.
Traveling to Portugal from Canada with the ETIAS authorization
Once an application has been submitted and approved, the ETIAS Portugal tourist visa will be sent by email. Canadians will be able to enter Portugal by presenting the visa, along with their passport, to the border authorities.
There are no internal hard borders within the Schengen Area. There is only a singular, shared border. This means Canadian travelers will be able to move freely between the 26 Schengen countries once they have entered one. ETIAS EU visas will be valid for 3-year durations and will allow Canadians to enter for periods of up to 90 days.
Basic information about Portugal
Portugal is a southern European country with a population of 10 million. It is one of the oldest countries in Europe 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 a member of the European Union, the Schengen Area, and the Eurozone.
Passport and document requirements
Travelers will need to meet the 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 the number, nationality, and expiry date.
ETIAS program are attached to specific passports and cannot be transferred. This means that travelers must use the same passport to apply for ETIAS and to enter Portugal. If a passport expires, the attached ETIAS will not be valid.
Tourist information/travel info
Visitors to Portugal are always impressed by the breathtaking scenery, the friendly people, the magnificent architecture, and the 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-colored 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, you can find quaint historical 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 Travelers to Portugal
The level of healthcare is high in Portugal (as in most European countries). 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 labeled.
- 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