Exploring Europe with the New ETIAS Visa: A Guide for Canadian Travelers
Are you a Canadian citizen planning to travel to Europe? If so, you may be interested in the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) visa. This electronic authorization will be implemented in November 2023 and allows Canadian citizens to visit the European Union (EU) for short stays (up to 90 days) for tourism, business, or medical reasons. Here’s what you need to know about exploring Europe with the ETIAS visa.
What is the ETIAS visa?
To obtain an ETIAS visa, Canadian travelers must fill out an online application and pay a fee. The application will require personal and passport information and security-related questions. Once approved, the ETIAS visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips to the EU.
Which countries are eligible for the ETIAS visa?
The ETIAS visa will be available to citizens of 60 countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, and most countries in Europe and South America.
How do I apply for the ETIAS visa?
Canadian travelers must have a valid passport with a minimum of six months to apply for the ETIAS visa. The application process should take about 20 minutes to complete.
Once you have completed the application, you will receive a confirmation email. If your application is approved, you will receive your ETIAS visa electronically, which you will need to present at the border when you enter the EU.
What do I need to do while traveling in the EU with the ETIAS visa?
While traveling in the EU with the ETIAS visa, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind before leaving Canada. First, you can only stay in the EU for up to 90 days within 180 days. This means that you can only stay in the EU for up to three months out of every six months.
You will also need a valid passport with at least six months remaining on it when you enter the EU. You may also be required to show proof of sufficient funds and a return ticket when you enter the EU.
Finally, you should register with the local authorities if you are staying in a private residence or rental property while in the EU. This is a requirement in many countries and will help officers locate you in an emergency.
The ETIAS visa is a convenient and easy-to-use electronic authorization that allows Canadian citizens to visit the EU for short stays. It is an excellent option for travelers who want to explore the diverse and cultural countries of the EU. Just remember to apply for the visa in advance, bring a valid passport, and follow the rules for staying in the EU while you’re there.