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ETIAS Estonia permit for Canadian citizens

From 2023, Canadian citizens will have to present an approved ETIAS visa when travelling to Estonia. It will be possible to apply for and obtain the ETIAS visa online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your permit via e-mail when the application is approved. This ETIAS permit will allow Canadian citizens to enter Estonia for tourism, work, transit, or for medical reasons, as long as the duration of the trip is under 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple trips made via 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 Estonia for Canadian citizens?

ETIAS will come into force in November 2023, as part of a European Commission program aimed at strengthening European borders and keeping a digital track on all people entering 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 and expansion of data sharing between EU member countries, that allows to connect the ETIAS applications with already existing databases from European authorities.

How does ETIAS Estonia work for Canadian citizens

Starting from November 2023 Canadian citizens must present an ETIAS visa before travelling to Estonia. But if the trip has other reasons than those provided for ETIAS, or it will be longer than 90 days, they will have to obtain a Schengen permit, at the embassy or consulate of Estonia, respecting the timing and requirements for the permit they are applying for. Once issued, the ETIAS visa will be valid for 3 years, and it will allow multiple entries in Estonia and other Schengen Area countries, as long as each trip is shorter than 90 days. In order to get your approved ETIAS in time for the trip, it is recommended to apply for the visa at least 4 days before the departure date. If ETIAS is denied, you can still apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Estonia or present an appeal to the country that denied the visa.

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

ETIAS requirements for Canadians and how to apply

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 do not have an Canadian passport, you will have to apply for a full visitor Schengen permit.

The 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, all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years will also be required to pay a 7 euros fee, using a credit or debit card. Usually, 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, it will not be necessary 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. However, to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for the ETIAS permit 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 case where an ETIAS visa is denied, you can apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Estonia. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the requirements for the ETIAS visa before applying, to avoid any mistakes in the application form that could result in delays in the visa approval.

How much does the ETIAS visa cost for Canadians

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

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