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ETIAS Czech Republic visa for Canadian citizens

Citizens of the Canada will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to Czech Republic. 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 Czech Republic for work, tourism, transit, or medical reasons, provided that the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and the permit will be valid for multiple entries made via air, sea, or land. Besides, people between 18 and 70 years of age will be able to apply for ETIAS free of charge.

What is ETIAS Czech Republic for Canadian citizens?

The 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. This program was already approved in 2016, following the terrorist attacks that affected some European countries. During the last years, data sharing between EU countries was expanded and implemented, allowing for the creation of the ETIAS visa system, that connects the applications for ETIAS with already existing databases.

How does the ETIAS Czech Republic permit work for Canadians

From November 2023 Canadian citizens must be in possession of an ETIAS visa before embarking on a trip to Czech Republic. But if the trip has other purposes than those provided for the ETIAS visa, or a duration longer than 90 days, they will have to obtain a full visitor Schengen permit, at the embassy or consulate of Czech Republic, respecting timing and requirements for the visa they are applying for. Once issued, the ETIAS permit has a duration of 3 years, and can be used for multiple entries in Czech Republic and other Member countries of Schengen Area, as long as each visit 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 in advance. If ETIAS is denied, you can still apply for a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Czech Republic or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS visa.

ETIAS destination countries for Canadian citizens

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 moment, Canadian citizens will not have to obtain ETIAS to travel to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are currently not part of the Schengen Area. However, these countries may enter the Schengen Area in the future, so please keep updated with the requirements.

ETIAS visa requirements for Canadians and ow to apply

In order to apply for ETIAS, you will need 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 require a Schengen permit.

ETIAS visa 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 be required 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 permits are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and the approved visa will be sent via e-mail as a PDF file.

In addition to that, you will not need to print the visa, because all the information will already be in the European Schengen authorities’ databases, and those data will be linked to the passport data provided during the application. Anyway, in order to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS visa at least 4 days prior to the departure, to make sure that the permit is approved and to have the necessary time to provide any additional documents should they be required. In the instance where an ETIAS permit is denied, you can apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Czech Republic. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the requirements for the ETIAS visa before applying, in order to avoid any mistakes in the application form that could lead to delays in the visa approval.

How much does ETIAS cost for Canadians

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

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