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ETIAS Iceland permit for Canadian citizens

From 2023, Canadian citizens will have to present an approved ETIAS visa before entering Iceland. It will be possible to apply for and obtain the ETIAS permit online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your visa via e-mail when the application is approved. This ETIAS permit will allow Canadian citizens to enter Iceland for tourism, work, transit, or medical purposes, as long as the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple trips made via air, sea, or land. Besides, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for ETIAS free of charge.

What is ETIAS?

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 entering Schengen Area. This program was already approved in 2016, following the terrorist attacks that affected some European countries.

How does ETIAS Iceland visa work for Canadian citizens

Starting from 2023 Canadian citizens must be in possession of an ETIAS visa before embarking on a trip to Iceland. If the trip has a duration longer than 90 days or has other reasons than those required for ETIAS, they will require a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Iceland, respecting requirements and timing for the visa they are applying for. Once issued, ETIAS has a duration of 3 years, and will allow to travel multiple times in Iceland and other Member countries of Schengen Area, provided that each visit has a duration of less than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for the visa at least 4 days before the departure. If the ETIAS visa is denied, you can still apply for a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Iceland or present an appeal to the country that denied the visa.

ETIAS destinations for Canadian citizens

Starting from November 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for Canadian citizens in order 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 obtain ETIAS to enter 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 Iceland visa requirements for Canadians

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 require a full visitor Schengen permit.

How to apply for ETIAS for Canadian citizens

ETIAS visa application can be completed online, entering all the necessary information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once the application is completed, all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years will also have to pay a fee of 7 euros, using a credit or debit card. Usually, most ETIAS visas are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and you will receive the approved ETIAS via e-mail as a PDF file. Other than that, you are not required to print the visa, because your data will already be in the possession of the European Schengen authorities, and this information will be linked to the passport data provided during the application. However, in order 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. If an ETIAS permit is denied, you can apply for a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Iceland. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the ETIAS permit requirements before applying, to avoid any mistakes in the application form that could lead to delays in the visa approval.

How much does ETIAS Iceland visa cost for Canadian citizens

The ETIAS permit application for Canadians has a cost of 7 euros for all citizens between 18 and 70 years old, which has to be paid at the end of the online application process, using a credit or debit card. Canadian citizens under 18 and over 70 years of age can apply for ETIAS permit free of charge.

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