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ETIAS Austria permit for Canadian citizens

 

From 2023, Canadian citizens will have to present an approved ETIAS permit before entering Austria. ETIAS permit can be obtained online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your visa via e-mail once the application is approved. The ETIAS permit will allow Canadian citizens to enter Austria for tourism, work, transit, or medical purposes, provided that the duration of the trip is under 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple entries made by air, sea, or land. Also, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for ETIAS free of charge.


 

What is ETIAS Austria visa for Canadian citizens

ETIAS visa will come into force in November 2023, as part of a program of the European Commission aimed at strengthening European borders and keeping a digital track on all people travelling to Schengen Area. Following some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. In the last years, data sharing between countries in the European Union has been expanded, allowing for the creation of the ETIAS visa system, that connects the applications for this visa with already existing databases.


 

How does the ETIAS Austria visa work for Canadians

From 2023 Canadian citizens must have an ETIAS visa before embarking on a trip to Austria. However, if the trip has other purposes than those provided for the ETIAS permit, or a duration longer than 90 days, they will have to obtain a Schengen permit, at the embassy or consulate of Austria, respecting requirements and timing for the visa they are applying for. Once issued, ETIAS is valid for 3 years, and can be used for multiple entries in Austria and other Member countries of Schengen Area, provided that each trip has a duration of less than 90 days. In order to get your approved ETIAS permit in time for the trip, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days before the departure. If ETIAS is denied, you can still apply for a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Austria or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS visa.

 

ETIAS destinations for Canadians

Starting from November 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for Canadian citizens to travel to the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

At the time being, Canadian citizens are not required to have ETIAS to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are not Schengen Area members yet. However, this may change in the future, so please keep updated with the permit requirements.


 

ETIAS visa requirements for Canadians and how to apply

In order to apply for the ETIAS visa, you have to be a Canadian citizen and hold a valid electronic passport issued by the Canada of America. If you do not have an Canadian passport, you will have to apply for a full visitor Schengen permit.

ETIAS permit application can be completed online, entering all necessary information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once the application form is completed, you will also be required to pay a 7 euros fee, applicable to all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years, using a credit or debit card. Generally, most ETIAS are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and the approved ETIAS will be sent via e-mail as a PDF file. Other than that, you will not need to print the visa, because your data will already be linked with the European Schengen authorities’ databases, and this information will be linked to the passport data provided during the application. Anyway, in order to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days prior to the departure, to make sure that the ETIAS is approved and to have the necessary time to provide any additional documents should they be required. In the rare instance where an ETIAS permit is not approved, you can apply for a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Austria. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the ETIAS requirements before applying, in order to avoid any mistakes in the application that could lead to delays in the visa approval.


 

How much does ETIAS visa cost for Canadian citizens

The ETIAS permit application for Canadians has a cost of 7 euros for all citizens with an age between 18 and 70 years, which has to be paid after completing the application form using a credit or debit card. Canadians under 18 and over 70 years of age can apply for the ETIAS permit free of charge.


 

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