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ETIAS Romania permit for Canadian citizens

The Canada will be part of the countries whose citizens have to present an approved ETIAS visa when travelling to Romania. 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 Romania for work, tourism, transit, or medical reasons, as long as the duration of the trip is under 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple entries made via air, sea, or land. Furthermore, people between 18 and 70 years of age will be able to apply for this visa free of charge.

What is ETIAS Romania?

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 travelling to the territories of the European Schengen Area. After some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. In the last years, data sharing between European Union countries was expanded and implemented, allowing for the creation of the ETIAS visa system, that connects the applications for ETIAS visa with already existing databases.

How does ETIAS Romania permit work for Canadians

Starting from 2023 Canadian citizens must present an ETIAS visa before travelling to Romania. However, if the trip has other purposes than those provided for ETIAS permit, or it will be longer than 90 days, they will have to obtain a Schengen permit, at the embassy or consulate of Romania, respecting timing and requirements for the visa they are applying for. Once issued, ETIAS permit will be valid for 3 years, and it will allow to travel multiple times in Romania and other Member countries of the Schengen Area, as long as each trip is shorter than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for the permit at least 4 days before the departure date. If ETIAS is denied, you can still apply for a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Romania 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 Canadians 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 moment, Canadian citizens will not have to obtain ETIAS visa to travel to 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 requirements.

ETIAS 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 do not have an Canadian passport, you will have to apply for a Schengen visa.

The ETIAS permit application can be completed online, entering all required 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 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.

Furthermore, you will not need 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. Anyway, to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS permit at least 4 days before the departure, to make sure that the visa is approved and to have the necessary time to provide any additional documents should they be required. In the instance where an ETIAS is not approved, you can apply for a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Romania. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the ETIAS requirements before applying, to avoid any mistakes in the application procedure that could result in delays in the visa approval.

How much does ETIAS cost for Canadians

At the end of the application procedure, all Canadians between 18 and 70 years of age have to pay a fee of 7 euros, 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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