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ETIAS Slovakia visa for Canadian citizens

Citizens of the Canada will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to Slovakia. ETIAS permit can be obtained online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your permit via e-mail once the application is approved. This ETIAS visa will allow Canadian citizens to enter Slovakia for tourism, work, transit, or medical purposes, provided that the duration of the trip is under 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple trips made by 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 Slovakia for Canadian citizens?

ETIAS 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 Schengen Area. After 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 has been made possible by the implementation 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 Slovakia permit work for Canadians

Starting from November 2023 Canadian citizens must present an ETIAS visa before travelling to Slovakia. But if the trip has other reasons than those provided for ETIAS permit, or a duration longer than 90 days, they will have to obtain a Schengen permit, at the embassy or consulate of Slovakia, respecting the requirements and timing 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 Slovakia and other countries of the Schengen Area, provided that each trip is shorter than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS permit in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for the permit at least 4 days before the departure. If ETIAS is denied, you can still apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Slovakia or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS visa.

ETIAS destinations 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 are not required to have ETIAS to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these are not Schengen countries yet. However, these countries may enter the Schengen Area in the future, so please keep updated with the requirements.

ETIAS requirements for Canadian citizens and how to apply

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 full visitor Schengen permit.

The ETIAS visa 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, you will also be required to pay a fee of 7 euros, applicable to all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years, using a credit or debit card. Normally, most ETIAS are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and you will receive the approved visa 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 this information will be linked to the passport data provided during the application. Anyway, in order to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days before the departure, to make sure that the permit is approved and to have the time to provide any additional documents should they be required. In the case where an ETIAS is not approved, you can apply for a full visitor Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of Slovakia. It is highly recommended to read and carefully check all the ETIAS permit requirements before applying, in order to avoid any mistakes in the application form that could lead to delays in the visa approval.

How much does ETIAS visa cost for Canadians

After completing the application form, all Canadians between 18 and 70 years of age have to pay a 7 euros fee, 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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