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CanadaCanadians heading to Europe will soon face more travel restrictions — here’s what to know

14:40  13 march  2019
14:40  13 march  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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In many ways, Canada is much like the United States, and historically, the two countries have been casual about crossing back and forth over the But even though the U. S . and Canada maintain a healthy friendship, certain restrictions and differences in laws can affect a U. S . citizen visiting Canada .

Here ’ s What You Need to Know . Canadians may soon be required to obtain visas in order to enter the However, if you are heading to Europe this summer, I advise keeping a close eye on the news—the last thing you want is to be denied entry because of a missing piece of paper or e-document.

Canadians heading to Europe will soon face more travel restrictions — here’s what to know © Getty Images Before travelling to Europe, Canadians (including minors) will have to apply for the ETIAS application online.

Canadians heading to Europe will soon have to fill out specialized paperwork and pay a fee in order to travel around the continent. But don't worry, the new travel restrictions don't kick in until January 2021.

In hopes of curbing illegal immigration and better protecting its border, the European Union said it's implementing restrictions for international travellers, including Canadians.

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It's called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and Canadians will have to fill out the application online, pay a fee and wait to be approved before travelling to the Schengen Zone, an area covering 26 countries in Europe — this does not include the U.K. and Russia.

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Canadian citizens do not currently require a visa for short-term stays for tourism, family or business reasons.

How does it work?

Before travelling to Europe, Canadians (including minors) will have to apply for the ETIAS application online. Applicants will answer security questions as well as information about their travel plans, such as address destinations, education, work experience and citizenship.

After providing the information and paying a fee (around C$10.55), passengers should receive their approved ETIAS via email within 24 hours.

Travellers also have to provide the first EU country they intend on visiting. This means travellers will only be allowed to enter through the country stated in the application.

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The European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution recommending that travelers from the US require a visa to visit EU member states. Four of those countries effectively changed their tune, lifted restrictions , and now allow (or will soon allow) free travel between the respective nations.

For example, if you were planning to go through Germany, Belgium, and Austria, and you stated in your application that the first country you will visit is Germany, you must go through Germany before you visit Belgium and Austria. After you enter your first country, you can visit any other country in the Schengen Zone for 90 days.

Once approved, the ETIAS is valid for three years, allowing unlimited access to the 26 European nations during that time.

The EU said the paperwork needed for the new travel restriction is not a visa, but a "pre-travel screening" for travel benefitting from visa-free access.

What if it gets denied?

After submitting an application, travellers will see an approved or denied message, according to the ETIAS website.

"In the denial message, you will also have a reason as to why the ETIAS was denied. You could appeal to this decision or based on the denial reason, you can adjust your application and try again," the website states.

Why?

The EU said the reasoning behind the travel restrictions is to identify risks posed by travellers, while also simplifying border checks.

"This prior verification of visa-exempt non-EU citizens will facilitate border checks; avoid bureaucracy and delays for travellers when presenting themselves at the borders; ensure a coordinated and harmonised risk assessment of third-country nationals; and substantially reduce the number of refusals of entry at border crossing points," the website stated.

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