ETIAS visa waiver for Vatican City

Vatican City, the famous European city-state which is home to the Vatican, is a popular travel destination for large numbers of Canadian citizens every year. At the end of 2022, Canadians travelling to Vatican City will need an ETIAS Vatican City for Canadians.

The ETIAS is a travel authorisation system that is being adopted by the 26 member states of the Schengen Area. It is intended to boost public security and reduce the threat of terrorism across Europe by screening non-national visitors to the Schengen territory. The implementation of the ETIAS means that Canadians travelling to Vatican City will be able to enjoy their trip in increased safety.

How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Vatican City?

Etias Vatican City for canadians

Completing an ETIAS application to visit Vatican City is simply a matter of filling in an online form and submitting it to ETIAS authorities for review. This form will ask applicants for their basic information, including such details as their full name, date of birth, address, and passport details (including number, issue date, and expiry date), and will ask about their general health status and criminal history.

Canadian citizens who wish to apply for ETIAS to visit Vatican City will need to have a valid Canadian passport, a card (debit or credit) with which to pay the application fee, and an active email address. Approved ETIAS authorisations will be sent electronically, so it is very important to provide a valid email address.

Travelling to Vatican City from Canada with the ETIAS Travel authorisation

Most travellers who apply for the ETIAS Vatican City for Canadians will receive their approved travel authorisation within minutes of submitting an application. The ETIAS is linked to the applicant’s passport and verified at the border.

The ETIAS for Vatican City allows Canadian nationals to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum period of 90 days within any one 180-day period. It is valid for a period of 3 years, and holders may make multiple trips on the same ETIAS within this period.

Basic information about Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent city-state located inside Rome, the capital city of Italy. It has an area of less than 0.2 square miles and a population of just 1,000, making it the smallest sovereign state in the world.

Vatican City has existed as a modern city-state since 1929.

Passport and document requirements

ETIAS Vatican City requirements for Canadians state that possession of a valid Canadian passport is the primary requirement to apply for ETIAS to visit Vatican City.  As ETIAS is not a visa, no additional supporting documents will be required in the majority of cases.

Those applying for ETIAS Vatican City for Canadians who are dual passport holders are advised that they must travel to Vatican City using the same passport with which they applied for the ETIAS. ETIAS authorisation is not transferrable between passports. Additionally, any ETIAS which is attached to an expired passport is considered invalid, regardless of whether the ETIAS itself has expired or not.

Tourist information

Vatican City has played a central role in European history for centuries and boasts an incredibly rich cultural heritage that is famous all over the world. Home to the Pope, who is the head of the Catholic Church, Vatican City offers unique attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel (featuring the renowned frescos of Renaissance painter Michelangelo), and the Vatican Museums, which draw millions of visitors each year.

Vatican City also draws visitors on religious pilgrimage, especially during periods of significance in the Catholic liturgical year, such as Christmas or Easter.

Vatican City is such a popular destination for travellers that the city-state’s economy is largely supported by tourism.

Health information for travellers to Vatican City

Canadians travelling on an ETIAS for Vatican City will be able to access excellent medical treatment while on their trip. However, Canadian nationals are encouraged to avoid incurring large medical bills while in Vatican City by arrange health or travel insurance coverage before they leave Canada.

The number for the emergency services in Vatican City is 112.

Canadian embassies and consulates in Vatican City

Embassy of Canada in Vatican City

Address: Via della Conciliazione 4/d Rome 00193 Holy See (Vatican City)
Telephone: (+39) 06-6830 7316
Email: vatcn@international.gc.ca