From November 2023, Canadian citizens travelling to France will be required to apply for the online ETIAS visa waiver.
The ETIAS for France will allow travellers to spend up to 90 days in France and any other Schengen member state, providing they meet the CANADA VISA FOR FRANCE CITIZENS.
The ETIAS authorization for France is being implemented to simplify the application process for a Schengen travel permit, and to improve security within European borders.
Do Canadians need a visa for France?
Canadian citizens can currently visit France and other Schengen Area countries without a visa and stay for up to 90 days. The purpose of travel can be either business or tourism.
However, from November 2023 CANADA VISA FOR GERMANY CITIZENS passport holders will be required to pre-register their trip to France through the ETIAS online application form.
With an approved ETIAS visa waiver, eligible travellers can continue to travel to France visa-free.
Canadians who intend to stay in France and the Schengen zone for more than 90 days, or to work or study, will need to get a visa through an embassy or consulate instead of an ETIAS.
France ETIAS visa requirements for Canadian citizens
All applicants must check that they meet the ETIAS France requirements, to confirm they are eligible.
Canadian visitors to France who meet the criteria for an ETIAS travel authorization only need a few basic items to begin the application process:
- Canadian passport
- Email address
- Debit or credit card
Canadian passport requirements to apply for ETIAS France
The passport used for the ETIAS France application must be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of entry into France or the Schengen Area.
The ETIAS visa waiver is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport. This means that they must use the same passport to travel, as it will be scanned and verified at border control.
If the passport expires before the ETIAS does, the traveller will need to complete a new ETIAS application using their new passport details.
ETIAS France application from Canada
Canadian applicants only need to provide some basic information to complete the ETIAS France online form. This includes:
- Full name
- Contact details
- Passport number, issues, and expiry date
- Date and place of birth
- Travel information
Travellers will also need to answer some questions regarding health and security. All the information provided is then checked against European information databases to pre-screen each passenger.
To avoid delays or denial of the ETIAS application for France, it’s important to double-check all the data provided on the form.
Upon receiving the France travel authorization for Canadians by email, applicants can then print a copy of the France ETIAS to present upon arrival alongside the relevant passport.
Entry requirements for France from Canada
Canadian visitors to France must have the following documents:
- Valid Canadian passport
- ETIAS travel authorization (from 2023) OR valid visa
There may be additional entry requirements for travel during COVID-19. Canadians should check the most recent updates for COVID-19 restrictions in France and the EU before their trip.
Medical info for Canadians travelling to France
Canadian citizens travelling to France are advised to be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations, especially the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, as outbreaks of measles are ongoing throughout Europe.
Canadians are also advised to check the legality of any required prescribed medication in France, and to carry it in the original, clearly labelled packaging alongside the prescription.
France has an excellent healthcare system, but Canadians may be required to pay for medical services before receiving treatment, with the exception of emergency services. Emergency services in France can be contacted by dialling 15 or 122.
Those unable to pay may be refused medical treatment in France. It’s therefore recommended for Canadians to get travel insurance that provides coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays in France. It’s possible to fill in a “Feuille de Soins” (treatment form) for later reimbursement from insurance.
How long can a Canadian stay in France?
Canadians with an approved ETIAS visa waiver for France can enter the country and stay for up to 90 days.
The ETIAS France is valid for 3 years. The holder can use the same travel authorization to enter France and other Schengen countries numerous times, providing they do not exceed 90 days within an 180-day period.