ETIAS Information for Canadian Citizens Traveling to France
From November 2023, the EU will launch the ETIAS system, meaning that all Canadian citizens traveling to France will need to apply for a pre-issued digital permit before crossing the French border.
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ETIAS information for visiting France
With its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant, world-influencing culture, it’s no wonder that France is the most-visited country in the world. Each year, about 89 million travellers visit France – more than Spain, which draws 82 million visitors annually, and the USA, which welcomes 87 million travellers each year. You don’t need to speak French to visit Paris (so don’t worry if your only experience in the French world is cheering for the Habs as they hit the ice), but it does help to know basic words. There are plenty of apps to help you learn. Paris, in particular, is the most-visited city in all of the European Union. France has long been a favourite European travel destination for Canadian citizens because of Canada’s historical and cultural ties to France. France has something to offer all sorts of tourists. Those seeking delicious and diverse cuisine will enjoy France’s many restaurants, including hundreds with at least one Michelin star. ... Some of the world’s most famous wine regions are located in France, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire Valley, and the Rhone Valley. History enthusiasts will appreciate the dozens of world heritage sites, from the world-famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Gardens of Versailles to more remote sites such as the prehistoric painting in the Caves of Lascaux and the medieval town of Provins. The French Alps, the Pyrenees, and other national parks boast breathtaking views for those who appreciate the beauty of nature. While some of the country’s most famous art museums and pieces of architecture are in Paris, such as the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral, other cities and towns are home to incredible museums and charming castles of their own. From the fast-paced fashion center of Paris to the luxuries of the French Riviera to the charming countryside of Provence, France is sure to delight travellers seeking any kind of experience. France is connected both geographically and through the Schengen Agreement with many other beautiful countries, making it remarkably easy to travel throughout those that surround France, including Spain and Italy. There are high-speed trains to carry passengers (at speeds up to 270 km/h!) from France to both Spain and Italy. It’s a great way to see the sights, and we highly recommend it. Because you won’t need to file any additional paperwork to travel within the Schengen zone, you’re free to plan a last-minute excursion to any of the Schengen countries.