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New Travel Requirement for Canadians: Europe Implements ETIAS Authorization from 2024

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Starting in 2024, Canadian travelers planning to visit Europe will face a new requirement to ensure border security. Instead of a visa, they will need to obtain the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) authorization if their stay in any of the 30 European countries is up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Currently, Canadian citizens can enter Europe visa-free for stays of up to three months. However, any stay exceeding 90 days does require a visa. With the implementation of ETIAS, Canadian travelers must complete an online application, providing personal information, travel document details, educational background, occupation, intended stay details, and any criminal convictions. The application fee for ETIAS is $10, but children under 18 and seniors above 70 are exempt from this fee, as well as family members of EU citizens or non-EU nationals who have freedom of movement within the European Union.

While most applicants can expect a quick processing time, some may experience delays. In certain cases, applicants might be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview, which could extend the processing period by up to 14 or 30 days, respectively. The EU may also communicate rejection reasons via email, but unsuccessful applicants have the option to appeal the decision.

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The ETIAS program, approved by the European Council in 2018, affects nearly 1.4 billion travelers from over 60 countries currently exempt from needing a visa to enter Europe. The ETIAS authorization will be valid for up to three years or until the passport’s expiration date, whichever comes first.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, emphasizes that ETIAS will enhance Europe’s internal security by conducting pre-travel screening of visa-free travelers to assess potential security, illegal immigration, or public health risks.

The rollout of ETIAS has experienced multiple delays since its approval, but it is now set to be launched in 2024. Canadian travelers should prepare for this new requirement as they plan their European trips in the coming years.

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