In order to ensure the integrity of her borders, the European Union proposed new travel rules for Canadians in 2016. Countries on the Schengen area are the ones that allow easy entry into their borders. International passports are not mandatory requirements to enter these countries.
The need to protect the borders of the EU is still very valid, and for this reason, the Union has announced new travel rules that are centered on the use of a new travel document called ETIAS.
The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) will serve as the travel authorization document for travelers come 2021 — and Canada is not exempt.
The ETIAS is not a visa!
It is worthy of note though, that the ETIAS is not a visa, so there's actually no need to be worried as applicants do not need to go through the rigorous process of applying for and obtaining a visa. The ETIAS is rather a visa waiver program of some sort. Agencies in Europe will maximize its automated feature to monitor travelers and potential risks.
By 2021, the ETIAS will be required of every traveler, including minors. Its application process which will be automated will be easy to complete. A European regulatory body will be responsible for is regulation. Applicants can get a response in as quick as 24 hours.
The application cost for the ETIAS will be €7 which is currently equivalent to about 10.55 CAD. It is relatively pocket-friendly when compared to other foreign visas. Each ETIAS will be valid for 3 years, granting the applicant access to the Schengen area for as many times as they like during the 3 years.
Once you have your ETIAS, you must first visit the country you stated in your application to be able to visit the other participating countries.
These new rules are, however, not applicable to the UK, Eastern Europe, and Russia.
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