Travel requirement by EU for Canadians delayed again

A new European Union proposal requiring Canadians to register before traveling to Europe has been delayed again.

EU travel requirement for Canadians delayed again
EU travel requirement for Canadians delayed again

The plan, which was originally planned to go into effect on January 1, 2024, has been postponed to 2025, according to a press release last week. Stress comes from IT delivery. This is the fourth expansion since the system was first released in 2018. The plan was initially planned to be implemented in 2021. The new system, called European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), will require visa-free travelers, including Canadians, to apply for a visa online before arriving at their destination. . One of the 27 Schengen Area Countries or Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Ireland will not participate in this program and will continue to have its own visa policy as it is part of Travel with Britain. The exemption fee is seven euros and is valid for three years.

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Canadians will be asked to fill out a form with personal information online and make payment before traveling. Although most exceptions are processed within minutes, some may take up to 30 days. Canadians holding an EU passport or residence card in EU countries are exempt from the program. These changes will affect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who travel to the EU each year. Canada has a similar program: Electronic Work Permit. This program costs $5 and is valid for five years for visa-free travelers to Canada. The United States also has a visa waiver program for many countries, but Canadians do not need a visa to travel to the United States.

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