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ETIAS Belgium permit for Canadian citizens

Citizens of the Canada will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to Belgium. ETIAS visa 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 Belgium for tourism, transit, work, or for medical reasons, as long as the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple entries made via air, sea, or land. In addition, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for ETIAS free of charge.

What is ETIAS Belgium visa for Canadian citizens

ETIAS will come into force in 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 the European Schengen Area. After some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. During the last years, the creation of the ETIAS visa system has been made possible by the implementation of data sharing between EU countries, that allows to connect the ETIAS applications with already existing databases from European authorities.

How does the ETIAS Belgium visa work for Canadian citizens

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

ETIAS destination countries for Canadians

Starting from November 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for Canadians 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, Canadians will not have to have ETIAS visa to travel to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are not Schengen Area members yet. However, these countries may enter the Schengen Area in the future, so please keep updated with the visa requirements.

ETIAS permit requirements for Canadians and how to apply

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

The ETIAS permit application can be completed online, entering all required information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once this is done, you will also have to pay a 7 euros fee, applicable to all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years, using a credit or debit card. In general, 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 are not required 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 the ETIAS visa at least 4 days before the departure, to make sure that the visa is approved and to have the time to provide any additional documents should they be required. If an ETIAS is denied, you can apply for a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Belgium. In order to avoid mistakes that could result in delays in the permit approval, it is highly recommended to read and check carefully all the requirements for the ETIAS permit.

How much does the ETIAS Belgium visa cost for Canadian citizens

After completing the application form, all Canadians between 18 and 70 years of age have to pay a 7 euros fee, using a credit or debit card. Canadian citizens under 18 and over 70 years of age are entitled to apply for ETIAS permit free of charge.

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