Canadians thinking of a European vacation in 2023 will have to be prepared to spend a little more.
The European Union is set to implement a new visa waiver system that will charge travellers from certain countries a fee to enter, including those from Canada.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is an electronic system that allows the EU to keep track of visitors from these countries.
ETIAS will undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any country in the EU that have removed their internal borders.
This includes places like France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Italy. It does not include nations in the U.K., like England, Scotland and Wales.
The ETIAS will keep track of these travellers in addition to making sure they aren’t a security threat.
The ETIAS is set to cost 7 euros (or around $10) for each application for a person over 18 years old. Those under 18 years of age do not have to pay any fees.
How to apply for the ETIAS
The application is said to take about 10 minutes to fill out and can be done online.
Some basic personal information will be required, including your name, date of birth, citizenship information and address.
Applicants will also be asked to give details about their education and work experience as well as the first EU country they plan to visit.
There will also be eligibility questions about the applicant’s medical condition and criminal records, among other things.
The ETIAS will be processed immediately after you submit your answers and pay the fee, to be either approved or denied. If your application is denied, you can either appeal the decision or re-apply.
Once approved, your ETIAS will be sent to you by email and stored electronically, so there’s no need to print it out.
The ETIAS is valid for three years, or until your passport expires.
The system isn’t set to become fully operational until November 2023, so there may still be time to get in a European vacation and avoid paying.