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ETIAS Portugal permit for Canadian citizens

Citizens of the Canada will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to Portugal. 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 once the application is approved. The ETIAS permit will allow Canadian citizens to enter Portugal 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 trips 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 Portugal for Canadians?

ETIAS permit 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 entering the European Schengen Area. Following some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. In the last years, the creation of the ETIAS visa system was possible thanks to the expansion of data sharing between countries in the EU, that allows to connect the ETIAS applications with already existing databases from European authorities.

How does ETIAS Portugal visa work for Canadians

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

ETIAS destination countries for Canadian citizens

Starting from 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 ETIAS permit to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are not Schengen Area members yet. However, this may change in the future, so please keep updated with the permit requirements.

ETIAS visa 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.

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 this is done, you will also have to pay a fee of 7 euros, applicable to all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years, using a credit or debit card. Generally, most ETIAS 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.

Moreover, you are not required to print the visa, because your data will already be linked with the European Schengen authorities’ databases, and it 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 visa at least 4 days prior to 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 case where an ETIAS is denied, you can apply for a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Portugal. In order to avoid mistakes that could lead to delays in the ETIAS approval, it is highly recommended to read and check carefully all the ETIAS permit requirements.

How much does ETIAS Portugal visa cost for Canadian citizens

At the end of the application procedure, all Canadian citizens between 18 and 70 years old have to 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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