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Starting 2025, Canadians will need to register online before travelling to Europe. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a new system for visa-exempt non-EU visitors. This includes Canadians.

The European travel authorisation is a new entry requirement for Canadians travelling for tourism, business, and short-term study. It’s quick and easy to apply for ETIAS online.

Get ready for the introduction of the ETIAS for Canadians with etias.ca.

Do Canadians need a visa for Europe?

Canadians do not need a visa to travel to Europe short term. With your Canadian passport, you can travel to Europe visa-free and stay for up to 90 days for tourism, business, or short-term study.

From 2025, Canadians will need to register with ETIAS to enter the Schengen Area , and Cyprus without a visa. Visa-free entry will only be permitted with a valid ETIAS.

European travel visa for long stays for Canadians

Canadians must apply for a visa for Europe to stay more than 3 months . A visa is also required to travel for purposes other than business, tourism, or transit.

To stay long-term, you need to apply for the relevant national visa for your European destination.

Do Canadian residents need a tourist visa for Europe?

European entry requirements for Canadians and other non-EU citizens depend on nationality. Whether a Canadian permanent resident needs a visa for Europe is determined by the country that issued their passport.

Citizens of more than 50 countries can travel to Europe without a visa and will be eligible for ETIAS.

What is ETIAS for Canadians?

ETIAS is a new travel permit for Europe. The ETIAS for Canadian citizens is not a visa . It’s an electronic travel authorisation for visa-exempt visitors from outside the EU.

ETIAS secures EU borders by pre-screening travellers before they arrive in Europe. The system helps detect potential security or migration risks presented by visa-exempt visitors.

By registering Canadians and other non-EU passport holders entering European countries , ETIAS also improves European border management.

ETIAS is similar to the Canadian eTA that foreign visitors need to enter visa-free.

How ETIAS for Canadian citizens works

ETIAS for Canadian citizens works by cross-referencing applicants' information with various security databases.

When Canadian passport holders apply for ETIAS , your personal details, travel information, and answers to security questions are checked against databases like the Schengen Information System (SIS), Interpol databases, and Europol data , among others.

This process helps in identifying any potential security, irregular migration, or high epidemic risks.

Most applications are approved following automatic processing. If a potential risk is detected, the application is reviewed manually by the responsible ETIAS National Unit.

ETIAS improves the traveller experience

ETIAS improves the way Canadians travel to Europe . As a tourist, you can enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that other travellers have also undergone ETIAS security checks.

The European travel authorisation for Europe also makes border processes more efficient. Immigration procedures are expected to be faster— security checks are carried out in advance, rather than at the border .

Despite being an additional step Canadians need to take when visiting Europe , ETIAS registration improves the overall traveller experience.

The ETIAS structure

Here’s are some of the groups responsible for the functioning of ETIAS:

  • ETIAS Central Unit: checks that the data stored in the application file and the personal data recorded in the ETIAS system is correct and up to date. It defines, evaluates, tests and reviews specific indicators of the ETIAS screening rules
  • ETIAS National Units: responsible for assessing travel authorisation applications referred to them from the automatic process. They can issue an opinion if consulted by other member States’ ETIAS National Units
  • Europol: will establish and manage the ETIAS watchlist. ETIAS National Units will be able for consultation
  • EU-LISA: responsible for developing and operating the ETIAS information system
  • ETIAS Screening Board: this is an advisory team that will be made up of representatives from ETIAS National Units and Europol. The board can be consulted for the definition, evaluation, and revision of risk indicators
  • European Border and Coast Guard Agency: they ensure the creation and management of an ETIAS Central Unit

European ETIAS destinations for Canadians

As a Canadian citizen, you’ll soon require ETIAS to travel to the following countries:

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Key information about the travel permit for Europe

Canadians can continue to enjoy visa-free entry to Europe with ETIAS. Here are the most important facts you need to know about the ETIAS permit to travel to Europe .

* Canadians need the EU ETIAS to transit if they leave the international transit area of the airport.

Travelling from Canada to Europe with ETIAS

Canadians must have an approved and valid ETIAS to travel to countries in the Schengen Area.

When your ETIAS is approved, it’s linked to the Canadian passport you used to apply. You do not need to carry additional documents with you when travelling to Europe — ETIAS is automatically verified during passport checks.

ETIAS does not guarantee entry to European countries . Border checks are carried out and, passengers who do not meet the entry conditions will be denied entry.

It’s important that you apply for ETIAS and travel to Europe using the same passport. If you replace your passport for any reason, you need to apply for a new ETIAS.

Canadians need ETIAS to travel to Europe by air, land, or sea .

Moving around the Schengen Area with ETIAS as a Canadian citizen

You need ETIAS to cross an external Schengen border, for example when travelling from Canada to France.

Once you’ve entered the Schengen zone, you will not face further border checks—there are no internal borders in the travel zone. You should, however, carry your passport with attached ETIAS with you as you travel around.

Visit Spain, Italy, Germany, and other top tourist destinations in Europe with one permit.

Understanding the 90/180 rule for Canadians in Europe

To avoid overstaying in Europe, you need to understand the 90/180 rule.

90-day allowance

You can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within any 180-day period. This doesn't have to be a continuous stay.

You can enter and leave the Schengen Area as often as you like, but the total number of days spent in the area must not exceed 90 days within any 180-day period.

Rolling 180-day window

The 180-day period is a rolling window. It’s always counted backwards from the current day.

For example, if you're planning to enter the Schengen Area on December 1st, you'll look back 180 days from December 1st to see how many days you've already been in the Schengen Area during that period.

Count your days

To stay compliant with the rule, keep track of your travel days. Every day you are in the Schengen Area counts towards the 90-day limit, including the day you arrive and the day you depart.

No reset by leaving

You can't reset the 90-day count by leaving the Schengen Area for a short period and then returning. The count of 90 days is cumulative within the 180-day window.

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Canadians travelling to Europe in 2024 will need a permit to enter some countries

By Leah Johansen

Posted July 30, 2023 9:28 am.

Last Updated July 30, 2023 9:56 am.

Canadian travellers will soon need extra documents to visit 30 popular tourist destinations in Europe.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required for Canadians and other visa-exempt countries who want to travel within the European Union to countries such as France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Switzerland. The United Kingdom is not included under the new policy following its withdrawal from the EU in 2020.

The application can be completed on the ETIAS website or mobile app and will cost 7 Euros – or about $10 Canadian. Most applications will be processed within a few minutes.

“Generally it will be your name, your passport number which will be the big key …some details like your address, where you’re going, how long your staying, who you’re staying with, that type of thing,” Wayne Smith, a professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Toronto Metropolitan University tells CityNews.

“What it should do is make the travel experience much quicker, ideally, if it works properly. The other thing is it should make it much safer.”

Once approved, the permit is linked to your passport and valid for up to three years or until your passport expires or you get a new one. Those under 18 or older than 70, and anyone with family living in the EU, would be exempt from the payment.

Travellers CityNews spoke to had mixed reactions to the new process.

“I feel like it makes sense like it’s definitely more efficient,” said one woman.

“As long as it’s efficient, easy access, quick access, and it speeds things up, I’m all for it,” said another.

“It does have to speed up the whole thing though …that’s the only purpose we would be willing to pay $10, otherwise what’s the point?” questioned another traveller.

The official website of the European Union urges would-be visitors to apply for authorization well in advance of a planned trip, and before booking a plane ticket or hotel. Experts say it’s best to get it done at least a month before your trip as approval could take up to 30 days if you’re asked to provide additional information or documents.

“Where NEXUS card you have to do the fingerprint, you have to do all that sort of stuff – it’s much more involved to get a NEXUS card,” explains Smith. “Think of this as NEXUS card lite because that’s essentially what they are trying to do.”

In addition to Canada, the new rules will apply to nearly 60 countries including the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

The European application process is not yet open online but it is expected to launch sometime before the new rules take effect in 2024.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report

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European union's new visa waiver program postponed until 2025.

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A new European Union program that would require Canadians to register before travelling to Europe has been delayed again.

The program, which was scheduled to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, has been delayed until sometime in 2025, according to a news release  issued last week.

The setback was caused by an IT delivery issue. It marks the fourth delay for the system since it was first announced in 2018. The program originally was supposed to come into effect in 2021.

The new system, known as the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), will require that visa-exempt travellers — including Canadians — apply online for visa waivers before their arrival in one of the 27 Schengen-area countries or Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus.

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Ireland will not participate in the program and will continue to have its own visa policy because it is part of the Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom.

The waiver will cost seven Euros and will last for three years. Canadians will be required to fill out a form online with their personal information and make the payment before they travel. While most waivers will be processed in minutes, some could take up to 30 days.

Canadians who hold an EU passport or a residency card in an EU country will be exempt from the program.

The changes will affect hundreds of thousands Canadians who travel to the EU every year. 

Canada has a similar program — the Electronic Travel Authorization — which costs users $5 and lasts for five years for visa-exempt travellers to Canada. The United States also has visa waiver programs for many countries but Canadians are not required to have a waiver to travel to the United States.

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If you’re planning to jet off to Europe, 2024 might be a good year to do it. The new program that requires Canadians to register before travelling to Europe is experiencing further delays and won’t be up and running until sometime in 2025. As of now, Canadians can still travel to Europe without this added step.

The program was slated to come into effect January 1, 2024. It will require 1.4 billion people—including Canadians—to get special travel authorization to enter the Schengen area of Europe. The restriction is part of an international effort to increase security. The new rules are being rolled out by the European Travel Information and Authorisation System [ETIAS]. The program was originally supposed to come into effect in 2021, but has experienced four delays so far. The most current one being caused by an IT delivery issue.

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Once ETIAS kicks off, travellers coming from once visa-exempt countries—including Canadian, American and British tourists—will be required to apply for the travel authorization and pay a small fee. It applies to people who plan to stay in participating countries for fewer than 90 days.

The new requirements are being established to help “identify security, irregular migration or high epidemic risks posed by visa-exempt visitors,” according to the European Commission website.

There are 30 mostly European countries that will require travel authorizations once ETIAS kicks off. You will have to show your passport, ETIAS documentation and any other entry requirements to border officers when entering these countries.

The ETIAS authorization is only good for short-term stays of 90 days or less; it is not a work visa. It’s recommended you complete a ETIAS application up to 96 days before your departure. The ETIAS information is linked to your passport and is valid for three years once the ETIAS application is completed. However, if you have to replace your passport for any reason, you’ll also need a new ETIAS travel authorization. (Your travel insurance company should be able to assist with a lost passport.)

People Who Need ETIAS Authorizations

You will need an ETIAS Authorization if any of the following apply to you:

  • You’re not a European Union national.
  • You’re a citizen of any country, including Canada whose nationals don’t currently need a visa for a short-term stay in a European Union country.
  • You don’t have a residence permit or card issued by any of the European countries that require ETIAS.
  • Some travelers may be exempted from the requirement for an ETIAS travel authorization, so check before you apply.

How to Apply for ETIAS

Canadian citizens traveling to Europe can apply on the ETIAS website’s application section  once it becomes operational. For notifications in the meantime, you can sign up for emails at the website.

Cost of an ETIAS Travel Authorization

Currently, the ETIAS application fee is €7 ($10.15 CAD). It’s free for anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 70.

How Long ETIAS Is Good For

The ETIAS authorization is good for three years. You can only travel in a participating country for 90 days within any 180-day period. Whenever you travel to participating countries, your ETIAS authorization must be valid for the duration of the stay.

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July 27, 2023 Breanna Marcelo

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Canadians with plans to travel to Europe next year may need to make extra preparations and get a new travel permit. 

As of 2024, Canadians passport holders must apply to the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) if they plan to visit any of the 30 countries across the continent’s Schengen Area for a short-term stay. This includes countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, among others. 

Travellers can apply for the permit through the official ETIAS website or mobile app. It will cost seven euros which equals to about $10.25 CAD. 

Currently, Canadian citizens can enter Europe without a travel permit or visa and only a valid passport is required for stays of up to 90 days. Visits that exceed this period require a visa.

The new permit is valid for three years or until the passport used in the application expires. The permit allows short-term stays for up to 90 days within any 180-day period.

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Those exempt from the payment include travellers under 18 and older than 70, family members of European Union (EU) citizens and non-EU nationals who can move freely through the EU.

The EU’s website says the application form will ask travellers to provide personal information, inquire about past travel and have them state their current travel plans for Europe. 

The EU encourages travellers to apply for the permit well in advance before buying a plane ticket or booking hotel accommodations.

The application process is expected to be fast, however there is a possibility that it can take at least four days. 

“Please note that this period could be extended by up to 14 days if you are requested to provide additional information or documentation, or up to 30 days if you are invited to an interview,” EU’s official website read.

In addition to Canada, these new measures will affect 59 other countries, includingthe United States, United Kingdom, and Japan.

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When it comes to travel, Canadians have it pretty easy.

The influential Henley Passport Index puts Canada’s passport, which grants visa-free or visa-on-demand access to 185 countries, among the top 10 in the world .

Many Canadians have been quick to take advantage of their broad access to international travel. But as of 2024, that might change thanks to new rules in some parts of Europe requiring Canadians to get a permit to comply with the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

What is the ETIAS?

The ETIAS is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt travellers visiting certain countries in Europe. Travellers from Canada and the USA are among those subject to the changes, which have come about, in part, to address security concerns.

An ETIAS permit is required for travel to the following 30 countries:

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  • Switzerland

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How to apply for an ETIAS permit

So how does it all work?

According to the ETIAS website , visitors who require this permit should apply online before they consider booking any hotels and flights. Most applications will be processed within minutes, but some may take up to four business days.

In cases where applicants have not provided sufficient documentation, the process may take longer. For those who are required to provide additional documentation, the process can take up to 14 days and if you are asked for an interview you can expect to wait up to 30 days for a decision.

The application will include questions about your personal information, education and occupation, where you intend to stay, any past criminal convictions or visits to war or conflict zones.

You will be notified by email whether or not your application is approved. Approved applicants are asked to double-check all information on their authorization. Incorrect information will result in being turned away at the border. If you have not been approved, you will be told why and receive instructions on how to appeal the decision.

Your ETIAS permit, once granted, will be valid for three years or until your passport expires. While travelling, you must ensure that you have your permit on you at all times along with the travel document used for your application.

Importantly, an ETIAS permit will not automatically guarantee access to all of the participating European countries. You will still have to go through customs and border checks and meet each country’s entry conditions.

Cost and exemptions

The cost for applying for an ETIAS permit is seven euros, which is about $10.27 with the current exchange rate. Applicants will have a variety of online payment options.

There are also a few exemptions to be aware of. Applicants under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 do not need to pay for ETIAS. Additionally, if you are a family member of an EU citizen or EU national who has the right to move freely throughout the European Union, you are exempt.

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The ETIAS permit is specifically for short-term tourism (up to 90 days within a 180-day period) in the 30 European countries on the list. Longer stays and work-related travel will still require the appropriate visas.

Note that applications for ETIAS permits for travel are not yet open. The program was meant to start in 2021 but has been pushed to 2024. It is expected that the platform will be up and running in November 2023 with fees to be collected starting in 2024. Updates will be made as soon as more information is available.

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Hey there, time traveller! This article was published 25/07/2023 (315 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Starting in 2024, Canadian travellers seeking a short-term visit to 30 countries including France, Switzerland, Spain and Greece must apply to the European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

The permit costs 7 euros, or about $10.25, and can be obtained on the ETIAS website or mobile app.

Tourists eat in a traditional restaurant in Plaka district of Athens on Thursday, Oct.13, 2022. Canadians eyeing a trip to certain European countries next year will need to obtain a permit first. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Petros Giannakouris

It allows travellers to visit for up to 90 days within any 180-day period and is valid for three years, or until the passport used in the application expires.

In addition to Canada, the new rules will apply to nearly 60 countries including the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

Travellers younger than 18 and older than 70 years are exempt from payment, as are family members of EU citizens or of non-EU nationals who can move freely in the European Union.

The official website of the European Union urges would-be visitors to apply for authorization well in advance of a planned trip, and before booking a plane ticket or hotel.

Canadian travellers to most of Europe are currently exempt from needing a visa and only require a valid passport for short stays.

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European countries requiring ETIAS also include Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2023.

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Canadians planning to travel to Europe in the coming years will be required to fill out a special application and pay a fee before they will be allowed to enter the continent.

The European Union has announced the introduction of a new online screening process called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The new program is being implemented in an effort to “strengthen security checks” on citizens who can visit the EU without a visa.

Currently, nationals from more than 60 countries, including Canada and the U.S., can visit the EU for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. Under the new ETIAS system, these travellers will have to apply for security clearance and pay a mandatory fee before they can visit countries in the Schengen area.

The Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The United Kingdom is excluded from this region.

The European Commission said an ETIAS authorization is not the same as a visa and will be much simpler to obtain.

“There is no need to go to a consulate to make an application, no biometric data is collected and significantly less information is gathered than during a visa application procedure,” the commission said in a July press release about the changes.

Here’s what you need to know about the new screening process.

When does it come into effect?

The ETIAS system will become mandatory for international travellers beginning in January 2021.

Who has to apply?

Any national from one of the more than 60 countries that currently enjoy visa-free access to the EU must apply for ETIAS clearance before their trip.

The parents of minors will be required to fill out an application for each of them before they travel.

How do you apply?

Travellers will have to fill out the ETIAS application online at least three days before their departure date. Mailed applications won’t be accepted. The European Commission says the application shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete. If the traveller is a minor, the person responsible for them must be identified on the application.

Applicants will need to fill out their personal data, such as their name, birth date, address, along with their passport information. They will also be asked to answer background questions on their health, travel history, and criminal record.

ETIAS applicants must also state the first EU country they plan to visit. They will only be allowed to enter in that country.

Travellers will not be allowed to enter a country in the Schengen area until a border guard checks the ETIAS database and permits entry.

How much does it cost?

Travellers will be required to pay €7 (approximately C$10.50) to apply. Anyone under the age of 18 will not have to pay the fee.

What happens if your application is rejected?

The European Commission says the “vast majority” or 95 per cent of all cases should be automatically approved within minutes of payment. The applications are checked across several European screening databases, including Interpol and Europol. If the application is flagged, the case will be handled manually and the process can be delayed for up to four weeks.

If the application is denied, the European Commission says the traveller has the right to appeal the decision. The traveller will also be given information on which member state refused authorization and how they can appeal.

How long is it valid for?

Once approved, an ETIAS authorization is valid for three years or until the holder’s passport expires, whichever comes first. Travellers can visit the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Can it be revoked?

Yes. The ETIAS clearance can be revoked or annulled if the conditions for issuing the authorization are no longer valid. For instance, the traveller is flagged in a security database or it’s discovered the information submitted in the application was fraudulent.

Why is it being introduced?

According to the European Commission, the ETIAS authorization system was created to identify any “security or irregular migratory risks” posed by travellers entering the EU from visa-free countries.

The institution also claims the system will facilitate smoother border crossing for those who don’t pose a threat.

“This prior verification of visa exempt non-EU citizens will facilitate border checks; avoid bureaucracy and delays for travellers when presenting themselves at the borders; ensure a coordinated and harmonized risk assessment of third-country nationals; and substantially reduce the number of refusals of entry at border crossing points,” the commission said.

The ETIAS system will also help EU member states detect human trafficking, tackle cross border criminality, and identify persons who may be a security risk.

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Canadians will have to apply for ETIAS authorization before travelling to Europe after January 2021.

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ETIAS for Canadians

Europe's travel authorisation for citizens of canada.

This website does not belong to, nor is it affiliated with, the EU. The official website of the European Union is europa.eu.

Canadian citizens can travel to the Schengen Area visa-free for stays up to 90 days. The Schengen passport-free zone is made up of European Union countries like Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as 4 non-European Union countries; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

From 2025, Canadian citizens will be able to register with the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) . ETIAS is an electronic visa waiver for non-EU nationals who do not need a visa for short trips to the Schengen Area.

ETIAS for Canadian citizens is being implemented to pre-screen visa-exempt travellers to the Schengen Area. It will help identify any potential security threats and make Europe safer for both residents and travellers. The ETIAS system has received support from all the EU member countries.

The information provided by applicants when applying for the ETIAS from Canada will be checked against several information security databases, including EURODAC, the Schengen Information System (SIS), and the Visa Information System (VIS), which are all managed by EU-LISA , the EU agency is also responsible for implementation of ETIAS .

Do Canadians Need ETIAS to Enter in Europe?

Yes . Canada is one of the ETIAS countries whose citizens will require an electronic travel authorisation to travel to the Schengen Area for short stays. Canadians who plan on travelling to the European Union for business, leisure, or short-term study will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver .

Passengers who plan to leave the international transit area of a European airport between flights will also need to have the ETIAS.

ETIAS will be operational from 2025.

ETIAS Required

ETIAS permits Canadians to travel to all Schengen member states from 2025:

  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • EU Schengen
  • Non-EU Schengen States

Non-Schengen EU States

Non-eu member states:.

  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland

Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:

  • Vatican City

The ETIAS from Canada is a multiple-entry travel authorisation that permits the holder to travel to all of the Schengen Area countries for short stays. It allows a total stay in Schengen countries of 90 days within every 180-day period, and is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval, meaning there is no need to apply for an ETIAS before every trip to the Schengen Area .

Eligible applicants are able to complete the simple online application in around 20 minutes, by providing personal and passport information, and answering a few security-related questions, to receive an ETIAS for Canada electronically linked to their passport .

Do European Citizens Need a Visa for Canada?

Because of reciprocal agreements between Canada and the European Union and Schengen Area countries, European citizens do not need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays under 180 days.

However, all visa-exempt citizens who plan to visit Canada for less than 6 months, and who are arriving by air, are required to pre-register for an eTA, a Canadian version of the United States ESTA or the ETIAS visa waiver . Like ETIAS for Europe, the eTA was implemented in order to prescreen visa-exempt travellers to Canada and strengthen the country’s borders.

ETIAS and eTA also share a simple online application process in common. It is necessary to complete an online form with a range of personal and passport information, and answer a few security-related questions, in order to receive an approved eTA for Canada.

An approved eTA for Canada is also a multiple-entry travel authorisation which allows multiple short stays of up to 180 days with each entry, and is valid for a total of 5 years from the date of approval . European citizens who wish to spend longer consecutive periods in Canada, or travel to the country for purposes other than those permitted with an eTA, are required to apply for a visa from their nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

ETIAS Requirements for Canadian Citizens entering Europe

There are several requirements for Canadian citizens planning to travel to Europe with ETIAS. To submit an ETIAS application, Canadian nationals will need:

  • A Canadian passport valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the European ETIAS countries
  • A valid credit card or debit card to pay the ETIAS fee from Canada
  • A current email address to which the approved ETIAS will be sent

Unless they provide these documents, any potential travellers to the European Union from Canada will not be able to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. When completing the data on the ETIAS application, applicants should take care to use the same passport they will later use to travel to the Schengen Area, as the European visa waiver is electronically linked to an individual passport. Canadian citizens with dual nationality should keep this in mind .

As the visa waiver for Europe is electronically linked to a specific passport , it will not be mandatory to print a copy of the approved ETIAS: travellers will simply be able to present the passport to transport carriers and at Schengen border control. Travellers are advised to print a copy of the ETIAS confirmation.

Travelling to Europe from Canada

After receiving an approved ETIAS, Canadian travellers will be able to visit the Schengen Area for multiple short stays during its validity, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first. Once the traveller's passport expires, it is necessary to submit a new ETIAS for Canada application to continue to travel to Europe . This is because the approved ETIAS is electronically linked to the individual travel document used to complete the initial application.

It is also important to note that an ETIAS can be refused if the information provided on the application does not match the details of the traveller's passport. It is therefore important to make sure all the data on the form does not contain any mistakes before submitting the application.

ETIAS for Canadian nationals can also be revoked if it is deemed that the conditions for issuing the travel authorisation are not met. This is especially the case in situations where the authorities believe that the visa waiver was obtained by providing misleading or fraudulent information.

Canadian citizens travelling to Europe with children should also be aware that it is necessary for all minors under the age of 18 to have an individual approved ETIAS, although parents or legal guardians are able to submit an ETIAS application on behalf of their child .

Requirements for Canadians who cannot travel with ETIAS

Travellers from Canada who wish to stay in the Schengen Area for longer than 90 consecutive days, or to travel for purposes other than those permitted with ETIAS, such as to work or study longer than 90 days, are required to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate.

Applicants are required to apply in person from an embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit, as, unlike the ETIAS for Canadians, a Schengen Europe visa is issued for one specific Schengen country. It may be issued as a single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa, as the length of a Schengen visa for Canadian citizens is determined on an individual basis.

In order to apply, it is necessary to attend an appointment at an embassy with a variety of supporting documentation, including a completed Schengen country visa application for Canadians , a valid Canadian passport, and proof of sufficient financial means to cover the stay in Europe. Canadian citizens are required to submit a visa application at least 15 days before the intended entry date to Europe to allow for sufficient processing time.

Bilateral agreements between Canada and EU Member States

Canadian citizens can stay in certain European countries beyond the 90-day Schengen limit thanks to bilateral visa-waiver agreements.

The Schengen Area nations that currently have bilateral agreements with Canada are listed below, along with the maximum permitted length of stay in each case:

  • Belgium (2 months)
  • Denmark (3 months)
  • Germany (3 months)
  • Greece (90 days)*
  • Spain (90 days)*
  • France (90 days)*
  • Italy (3 months)
  • Hungary (90 days)*
  • The Netherlands (90 days)
  • Austria (3 months)
  • Portugal (60 days)*
  • Sweden (3 months)*

Schengen-associated countries:

  • Iceland (3 months)
  • Norway (90 days)

*Ordinary passport holders only

Canadian citizens who take advantage of one of these bilateral agreements must remain in the EU Member State they apply to for the entire extension period . It is not permitted to move freely around the Schengen Area under a bilateral agreement.

For this reason, at the end of their stay, Canadians must depart from the specific European nation by either travelling directly to a third country or transiting through non-Schengen territory.

Bilateral agreements between Canada and EU Member States are subject to change.

How Can I Apply for ETIAS in Canada?

To obtain an ETIAS online visa waiver , Canadian citizens need to apply online . The registration process for ETIAS is designed to be simple and quick in order to expedite the approval process. Like the ESTA programme already in place in the United States, applicants will need to answer some security questions as well as provide personal information and details about their travel plans.

The personal and passport information to be included on the ETIAS form for Canadian nationals includes full name, gender, current address, contact telephone number, place of birth, country of birth, nationality, passport number, and passport expiry/issue date. It is also necessary to provide the Schengen country of first intended entry on the application form. Applicants will also be asked to offer details of their education and current employment situation.

The security-related questions on the Canada ETIAS form cover topics like :

  • Prior travel to the Schengen Area
  • History of criminal convictions
  • Previous travel to conflict areas

It is important to note that Canadian citizens with minor criminal convictions are still likely to be granted an ETIAS Europe visa waiver , as long as they are truthful about their criminal history. However, those with serious convictions that involved jail time, especially human trafficking, terrorism or drug offenses, are not likely to receive an approved electronic travel authorisation for Europe.

After the passenger provides the information and paid the ETIAS fee, they should receive the approved ETIAS visa waiver via email within 24 hours. However, Canadian citizens are advised to submit an application at least 72 hours before the intended arrival date in the Schengen Area, to allow sufficient time for the visa waiver to be processed.

Canadians are able to submit an application for ETIAS online from anywhere outside of the Schengen Area , using any device, whether a desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR ETIAS IN CANADA

ETIAS for Canadians - FAQ

Can canadians study in europe with etias.

Yes , ETIAS allows Canadians to study in a Schengen country for up to 90 days . For courses longer than 90 days, you will need a student visa for the country you are studying in.

Does ETIAS allow Canadians to Work in Europe?

ETIAS does not permit Canadians to work** as employees of a company based in a European country. This is because the visa waiver system only permits overseas visitors entry to the Schengen area for tourist, short-term study, transit, and business purposes.

To work in an EU country , Canadian citizens will need to apply for an appropriate national visa or work permit for the country they are seeking employment in.

Can ETIAS be used for Visiting Family Members Living in Europe from Canada

Yes , ETIAS allows Canadians to visit friends or family members who are either citizens of a Schengen member country or residency permit holders . This type of visit can be indicated during the visa waiver application process.

What is the difference between a visa and ETIAS for Canadians?

ETIAS is an electronic travel authorisation, also known as a visa waiver , it is not a visa for Europe. Canadians do not need a visa to travel to the Schengen Area for up to 90 days per 180-day period. ETIAS is an electronic travel authorisation used to pre-screen visitors who are exempt from applying for a visa.

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IRCC Deputy Minister Transition Binder 2024 – Temporary Foreign Workers

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  • Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) play a vital role in critical sectors of the Canadian economy and society by filling short-term labour and skills gaps, and by contributing to the social and cultural fabric of Canada.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) authorizes foreign nationals to work in Canada temporarily through either the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which is jointly administered with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), or the International Mobility Program, which is solely administered by IRCC.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP):

  • Objective: “Last resort” measure to fill temporary skills and labour shortages
  • Labour market test: Yes – labour market impact assessment (LMIA)
  • Requirements: Employers must demonstrate that no Canadian labour is available
  • Department: ESDC administers the program; IRCC issues work permits under the program; and the Canada Border
  • Services Agency (CBSA) verifies admissibility at the border
  • Type of work permit: Employer-specific
  • Employer compliance regime: Yes
  • Cost: $1,000 LMIA application fee (includes compliance); plus $155 work permit application fee; and $85 biometrics fee. Primary agriculture occupations are exempt from this fee
  • Sample occupations: Caregivers, cooks, food processors, service supervisors, Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program

International Mobility Program (IMP):

  • Objective: Supports broader policy goals (e.g., Canadian economic competitiveness, international agreements, reciprocity).
  • Labour market test: No.
  • Requirements: Foreign nationals must demonstrate that their work will result in significant economic, social or cultural advantages or reciprocal benefit to Canada.
  • Department: Administered by IRCC, with the CBSA verifying admissibility at the border.
  • Type of work permit: Employer-specific (closed) and Open.
  • Employer compliance regime: Yes – only for employer-specific work permits.
  • Cost: $1000 LMIA application fee (includes compliance), although primary agriculture occupations are exempt from this fee; plus $155 work permit application fee; and $85 biometrics fee.
  • Sample occupations: Senior managers, engineers, information technology professionals, business consultants, physicians, athletes, professors, International Experience Canada youth mobility agreements.
  • In 2015, 248,590 TFWs applied to work in Canada compared to 959,373 in 2023, representing an application increase of 286%.
  • During this time, the number of workers that applied through the IMP also increased, with 84% of temporary foreign workers applying through the IMP compared to 71% in 2015.
  • The TFWP saw a corresponding decrease from 29% to 16% of all TFWs.
  • For the 2022-2023 fiscal year, there were 485,431 open work permit holders, representing approximately 67.8% of the share of total work permit holders (716,204), who were issued work permits under both the IMP and the TFWP. In that same fiscal year, 233,275 foreign nationals held closed (employer-specific) work permits representing approximately 32.6% of the total share.
  • Under the IMP specifically, 85% (485,431) of temporary residents in the 2022-2023 fiscal year held open work permits and 15% (85,296) were closed (employer-specific).
  • Under the employer compliance regimes of both the TFWP and the IMP, employers are required to be compliant with regulatory conditions such as providing proper wages and an abuse-free work place. If non-compliant, an employer could face a range of consequences including a warning letter, administrative monetary penalties and/or program bans.
  • IRCC (in partnership with Global Affairs Canada), negotiates and manages the facilitative labour mobility provisions (Temporary Entry Chapters) within Canada’s free trade agreements. These tend to facilitate a range of workers, investors and spouses, on a reciprocal basis covering over 40 countries. Active negotiating partners include the United Kingdom, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indonesia, and Ecuador (spring 2024). It is also expected that the modernized Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine will be ratified in early 2024, requiring implementation of a new labour mobility pathway.

International Experience Canada (IEC):

  • Objective: IRCC also manages Canada’s bilateral/reciprocal youth mobility arrangements (YMAs) with more than 35 country and territory partners across Europe, Oceania, East Asia, and the Americas. IEC facilitates two-way flows of Canadian and foreign youth, aged 18-35, under three work permit categories: Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professionals. The terms of each YMA are country-specific and vary from partner to partner, such as age eligibility, duration, the number of work permit categories, and the number of participations.
  • in some industries experiencing difficulties attracting Canadians (e.g., agriculture);
  • when overall market conditions are tight (e.g., low unemployment, high job vacancy rate); and/or,
  • in certain niche, fast-moving sectors.
  • Canadian work experience, labour market attachment, language skills, and social/cultural integration are known to lead to positive long-term outcomes, and are reflected in permanent resident selection criteria.
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot,
  • Atlantic Immigration Program,
  • Provincial Nominee Program, and
  • Programs via Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades).
  • Additionally, the Agri‑Food Pilot launched on May 15, 2020, and offers pathways to permanent residency specifically to temporary workers in the agriculture and agri‑food sectors, who are typically ineligible for federally administered permanent residence programs.

Recent Developments

Recent facilitation measures:.

  • Open work permit public policy for Hong Kong: IRCC recently extended the public policy to February 2025 and broadened eligibility to all Hong Kong residents who graduated from post-secondary studies in the 10 year preceding their application.
  • Study authorization for foreign nationals with a work permit: A temporary public policy came into force on June 27, 2023, for a period of three years, to allow eligible work permit holders to study as full-time or part-time students without having to obtain a study permit.
  • Francophone Mobility Stream: IRCC announced a two-year pilot project on June 15, 2023, which exempts employers from the LMIA requirement when hiring workers in all Training, Education, Experiences, Responsibilities (TEER) occupations, except primary agriculture in TEER 4/5, who can provide proof they meet a moderate level of speaking and listening in French, equivalent to a Canadian language benchmarks (CLB) level 5.
  • Open Work Permit for H-1B Visa Holders (as part of the Tech Talent Strategy): IRCC launched a new facilitation measure on July 16, 2023, for Specialty Occupation H-1B visa holders. The program’s intake cap of 10,000 applications submitted was reached within 2 days, with approximately 9,000 applications being approved as of January 7, 2024. Approved applicants will receive an open work permit of up to three years in duration, allowing them to work for any employer anywhere in Canada. [ Redacted ]
  • Phase 1 was implemented on January 30, 2023, and enables family members of workers under the IMP and the High-Wage Stream of the TFWP to be eligible for open work permits.
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  • Extension of the Visitor to Worker and Changing Employers Public Policies: These public policies allow visitors to apply for a work permit from within Canada, and workers to change employers more quickly. [ Redacted ]
  • Global Skills Strategy: Launched in June 2017, and provides companies with access to global talent by getting highly skilled workers into Canada faster. Two-week work permit processing is available for foreign nationals with a job offer in TEER categories 0 and 1 as well as those with an approved LMIA under the Global Talent Stream of the TFWP.

Recent Worker Protection Measures:

  • Launched in June 2019, TFWs with valid employer-specific work permits who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, employer abuse now have a means to quickly leave the abusive situation and look for new work with a different employer.
  • Budget 2021 announced $6.3M over three years for this program to support faster processing and improved service delivery for vulnerable workers. Budget 2022 committed additional funds for worker protections.
  • Specialized training is available to IRCC officers on trauma-informed approaches to assessing applications for workers claiming abuse in the workplace.
  • The Government strengthened its regulation of immigration consultants with the establishment of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants, which opened in November 2021. This includes the creation of a Code of Professional Conduct for Immigration Consultants, which came into force in June 2022. The Code of Conduct includes a provision on recruitment activities that licensed consultants must follow if they provide recruitment services.
  • IRCC is collaborating with international partners, such as the International Organization for Migration, to support ethical recruitment projects around the world including supporting the development of the Global Policy Network on Recruitment, and strengthening recruitment practices in sending countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica.
  • IRCC and ESDC amended regulations pertaining to the employer compliance regime to further enhance worker protections. The 13 new regulatory amendments include new employer conditions such as prohibiting employers from charging recruitment fees to workers and requiring employers to provide workers with information about their rights.
  • In September 2022, the new regulatory measures came into force, protecting TFWs and helping to prevent mistreatment and abuse.

Upcoming milestones

  • February 2024: United States, Brazil, Qatar, Vietnam, Thailand, Morocco, and Mauritius; and
  • April 2024: Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa and Ghana.
  • In addition, IEC regulatory amendments aimed at giving the program flexibility in restricting duration of work per employer for inbound participants and updating the program’s authority to issue work permits are scheduled to reach Canada Gazette pre-publication stage by March-April 2024.

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