ETIAS France for Canadian Citizens

From November 2025, the EU will launch the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to enhance the EU’s safety capabilities and improve traveler experience.

This means that Canadian Citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to visit France or any other EU/Schengen Area Country.

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What Is ETIAS?

ETIAS is a new travel authorization framework initiated and developed by the European Commission to enhance the EU’s capabilities against external threats and considerably reduce the waiting time at the EU border, contributing to a more flexible and straightforward European travel experience.

Nationals of 59 countries worldwide, including Canadian Citizens, will be eligible to apply for an ETIAS authorization, enabling you to visit the EU/Schengen Area countries for three years uninterruptedly.

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ETIAS France Requirements

From November 2025, Canadian citizens planning to visit France will need valid ETIAS authorization upon arrival at the French border.

Applying for ETIAS authorization is a simple procedure, quickly done under 15 minutes. All you need to do is to fill out the application form by providing your personal, medical, travel, criminal, and employment history and submitting it alongside your biometric passport.

For additional information, check out our Requirements page.

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How Does ETIAS France Work?

After submission of all required documents and paying the application fee, the system will automatically cross-check your information in several security databases. Once the system rules the legitimacy of your information, you will receive your ETIAS authorization, valid for three years, via E-mail.

However, in some rare cases you might be asked to provide additional information or attend an online interview with an ETIAS officer. ETIAS application approval rate will be 95%.

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Enhanced Border Security

ETIAS will majorly increase the EU’s security against external threats, such as organized crime, illegal migration, epidemiological outbreaks, and terrorism.

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Flexible Application Process

Unlike the traditional Schengen Visa application, ETIAS will take only 15 minutes and requires a completed application form and a valid biometric passport.

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Common Policies for All EU/Schengen Area Countries

By developing the universal formula, the ETIAS system will bring forward the common and harmonized travel policies for all the EU/Schengen Member countries (except Ireland).

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Improved Traveler Experience

Pre-screening the travelers’ information before they even board the plane helps ETIAS contribute to a smoother and more straightforward traveler experience for those planning to visit the EU/Schengen Area.

Who Will Need to Apply for ETIAS France?

All international travelers coming from one of these countries below must have a valid ETIAS Travel Authorization before crossing the EU/Schengen Area Border.

  • etias visa waiverAlbania
  • etias visa waiverAntigua & Barbuda
  • etias visa waiverArgentina
  • etias visa waiverAustralia
  • etias visa waiverBahamas
  • etias visa waiverBarbados
  • etias visa waiverBosnia and Herzegovina
  • etias visa waiverBrazil
  • etias visa waiverBrunei
  • etias visa waiverCanada
  • etias visa waiverChile
  • etias visa waiverColombia
  • etias visa waiverCosta Rica
  • etias visa waiverDominica
  • etias visa waiverEl Salvador
  • etias visa waiverGeorgia
  • etias visa waiverGranada
  • etias visa waiverGuatemala
  • etias visa waiverHonduras
  • etias visa waiverHong Kong
  • etias visa waiverIsrael
  • etias visa waiverJapan
  • etias visa waiverKiribati
  • etias visa waiverMacao
  • etias visa waiverNorth Macedonia
  • etias visa waiverMalaysia
  • etias visa waiverMarshall Islands
  • etias visa waiverMauritius
  • etias visa waiverMexico
  • etias visa waiverMicronesia
  • etias visa waiverMoldova
  • etias visa waiverMontenegro
  • etias visa waiverNew Zealand
  • etias visa waiverNicaragua
  • etias visa waiverPalau
  • etias visa waiverPanama
  • etias visa waiverParaguay
  • etias visa waiverPeru
  • etias visa waiverSaint Kitts & Nevis
  • etias visa waiverSaint Lucia
  • etias visa waiverSaint Vincent
  • etias visa waiverSamoa
  • etias visa waiverSerbia
  • etias visa waiverSeychelles
  • etias visa waiverSingapore
  • etias visa waiverSolomon Islands
  • etias visa waiverSouth Korea
  • etias visa waiverTaiwan
  • etias visa waiverTimor Leste
  • etias visa waiverTonga
  • etias visa waiverTrinidad and Tobago
  • etias visa waiverTuvalu
  • etias visa waiverUruguay
  • etias visa waiverUkraine
  • etias visa waiverUAE
  • etias visa waiverVanuatu
  • etias visa waiverVenezuela
  • etias visa waiverUnited Kingdom
  • etias visa waiverUnited States
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Who Will Need to Apply for ETIAS France?

The list of ETIAS-member countries includes all the EU/Schengen Area member countries (except Ireland) and European Microstates with Open Borders.


  • ETIAS FranceAustria
  • ETIAS FranceBelgium
  • ETIAS FranceCzech Republic
  • ETIAS FranceDenmark
  • ETIAS FranceEstonia
  • ETIAS FranceFinland
  • ETIAS FranceFrance
  • ETIAS FranceGermany
  • ETIAS FranceGreece
  • ETIAS FranceHungary
  • ETIAS FranceIceland
  • ETIAS FranceItaly
  • ETIAS FranceLatvia
  • ETIAS FranceLiechtenstein
  • ETIAS FranceLithuania
  • ETIAS FranceLuxembourg
  • ETIAS FranceMalta
  • ETIAS FranceNetherlands
  • ETIAS FranceNorway
  • ETIAS FrancePoland
  • ETIAS FrancePortugal
  • ETIAS FranceSlovakia
  • ETIAS FranceSlovenia
  • ETIAS FranceSweden
  • ETIAS FranceSpain
  • ETIAS FranceSwitzerland

Non-Schengen Countries

  • ETIAS FranceBulgaria
  • ETIAS FranceCroatia
  • ETIAS FranceCyprus
  • ETIAS FranceRomania
  • ETIAS FranceMonaco
  • ETIAS FranceSan Marino
  • ETIAS FranceVatican

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Yes. From November 2025 onwards, Canadian citizens visiting France must apply for ETIAS authorization.

Applying for an ETIAS visa waiver is a simple procedure. Just complete the application form and submit it alongside your biometric passport.

As long as you provide only correct information in your application, you are most likely to get your authorization within hours.

Yes. Parents or legal guardians should apply for ETIAS visa waivers for their kids, although children up to 12 are exempt from paying the application fee.

No. ETIAS is only a travel authorization, enabling you to visit France for short-term purposes. If you plan to work or study in France, you must apply for a national visa (Type D) or temporary residence permit card.