European visa waivers for Canadians: The Complete Guide

European visa for Canadians

Canada and Europe have a strong relationship born out of its shared history and common values. The European visa waiver for Canadians, ETIAS, is expected to become available in 2021. Canadian citizens will be able to apply online to obtain a visa for Europe before their trip.

The EU will put the ETIAS system in place, an electronic travel authorization requirement for non-EU citizens that can currently travel to the Schengen Zone visa-free. At the moment, Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a Schengen visa.

Due to Canada’s and Europe’s close ties, Europeans were also exempt from applying for a visa to Canada. This changed slightly with the introduction and implementation of the eTA, a travel authorization needed in order to enter Canada.

The ETIAS travel authorization is an important step toward enhanced security and tighter border control. The EU saw the need to establish such a program to better serve its members and contribute to the fight against terrorism. Continue reading to learn about the visa for Europe and how to get the ETIAS.

ETIAS for Canadians travelling to Europe

Canadian citizens will be required to have a valid ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit any of the Schengen member countries. Even though it will be a mandatory requirement, Canadians will be able to obtain their travel authorization through the simplified ETIAS online system.

Top three requirements for the European visa waiver

The ETIAS travel authorization will be necessary to travel to and within Europe. Canadian citizens who want to obtain a visa waiver for Europe should meet these three main requirements:

  • Valid Passport
  • Email address
  • Debit or Credit Card

According to the EU, the ETIAS form will require travellers to complete the following information:

  • Personal Data
  • Details of your passport
  • Member State of intended first entry

Additionally, as an applicant for an ETIAS visa waiver you will need to answer security questions relating to:

  • Public health risks
  • Criminal Records
  • Previous Refusals of entry or an order to leave a member state

After the ETIAS form has been completed, the applicant will need to pay the fee for the travel authorization. Once submitted, the response will only take a few minutes.

An approved ETIAS will be valid for three consecutive years and will grant its holder stays of up to a total of 90 days in the Schengen Zone within a 180-day period.

Canadian citizens who wish to visit Europe should have a valid travel authorization before their trip. Carriers will check that travellers have an ETIAS before boarding.

The ETIAS system is an effort to save travellers time and hassle, prevent irregular migration, and improve border management. Once the program is launched, Canadian citizens will be able to apply online and travel freely to and within the Schengen Area.