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ETIAS Hungary visa for Canadian citizens

The Canada will be one of the countries whose citizens must present an approved ETIAS visa upon entry in Hungary. It will be possible to apply for and obtain the ETIAS permit online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your permit via e-mail when the application is approved. This ETIAS visa will allow Canadian citizens to enter Hungary for tourism, work, transit, or medical purposes, as long as the duration of the trip is under 90 days, and the visa will be valid for multiple trips made via air, sea, or land. Moreover, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for this visa free of charge.

What is ETIAS Hungary visa for Canadians

ETIAS visa 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 territories of the European Schengen Area. This program was already approved in 2016, following the terrorist attacks that affected some European countries. During the last years, the creation of the ETIAS visa system was possible thanks to the implementation and expansion of data sharing between countries in the European Union, that allows to connect the ETIAS applications with already existing databases from European authorities.

How does ETIAS Hungary visa work for Canadian citizens

Starting from November 2023 Canadian citizens must have an ETIAS visa before embarking on a trip to Hungary. If the trip has a duration longer than 90 days or has other purposes than those required for ETIAS visa, they will require a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Hungary, respecting timing and requirements for the permit they are applying for. Once issued, ETIAS has a duration of 3 years, and will allow to travel multiple times in Hungary and other countries within the Schengen Area, provided that each trip has a duration of less than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS visa in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for the visa 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 Hungary or present an appeal to the country that denied the permit.

ETIAS destination countries for Canadians

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

ETIAS requirements for Canadian citizens and how to apply

In order to apply for the ETIAS visa, 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 require a full visitor Schengen visa.

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 this is done, you will also be required to pay a fee of 7 euros, applicable to all citizens between 18 and 70 years old, 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.

In addition to that, you are not required to print the visa, because your data will already be linked with 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 before 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 visa is not approved, you can apply for a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Hungary. 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 lead to delays in the ETIAS approval.

How much does ETIAS cost for Canadian citizens

At the end of the application procedure, all Canadians between 18 and 70 years of age must pay a fee of 7 euros, using a credit or debit card. Citizens under 18 and over 70 years of age can apply for ETIAS free of charge.

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