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Canadians will need an ETA to enter Europe next year (2021)


Canadians Will Need to Apply for a Travel Authorization to Visit Europe from 2021

Starting from January 2021 and on, Canadians will need to complete some extra procedures in order to visit Europe for tourism and business purposes.

As of this date, Canadian passport holders have enjoyed the benefit of entering Europe with only a valid passport. However, soon they will need to apply online for a travel pass in order to enter any of the 26 Schengen Area countries.

This is nothing special to travellers who have travelled to Australia, which has required an “ETA” for years; and in the past year or two, both Canada and the USA has imposed this requirement for travellers entering our countries

if they are coming from countries that can enter Canada/USA visa-free.  So, Europe is now returning the favour.

This travel pass is called ETIAS and stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a completely electronic scheme, established with the purpose of keeping track of travellers from the 60+ EU visa free countries.  It is the equivalent of the Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

ETIAS is a “way to know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here,” stated President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.  The ETIAS authorization is not a visa, but rather a lighter and more visitor-friendly regime.“Nationals of visa liberalization countries will still be able to travel without a visa but will have to obtain a simple travel authorization prior to their travel to the Schengen Area. This will help identify persons who may pose an irregular migration or security risk before they arrive at the border and significantly enhance the security of the external borders,” 

The application process for an ETIAS is simple and quick. It is estimated that the application takes around 10 minutes to complete. It costs only €7 and is no more complicated than Canadas ETA or the Australian ETA required of Canadian passport holders.  


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