Account Login/Registration

Access VictoriaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.


Facebook


OR


Register

Privacy Policy

Changes to international travel rules mean more paperwork for Canadians

As of Jan. 1, 2021, Canadians traveling to several European destinations will be required to fill out an extra form and pay an $8 application fee.

The new application system applies to 22 countries in the Schengen zone, including Italy, France, and Germany, however, the UK will remain exempt.

<who> File Photo.

It’s part of a new international security system being used to identify security or migratory risks posed by visa-free travellers entering the Schengen Zone.

However, the new system is also designed to ease border crossings for the majority of travellers who are deemed non-risks.

It’s expected that over 95% of applicants will pass and receive their authorization via email within just a few minutes.

Currently, Canadians travelling for up to 90 days in any of the 26 countries that make up Europe's Schengen zone do not require any type of authorization or visa.

The good news is that once a Canadian has successfully applied their authorization will be valid for three years, allowing travellers to go back and forth without re-applying.



Visit our Facebook page to comment on this story.

Sign up for local eNews delivered to your inbox by 7 am every day.

Send your comments, news tips, letter to the editor, photos and videos to [email protected].

To report a typo, send an email to [email protected].



Weather


Wed
10℃


Thu
12℃


Fri
9℃


Sat
9℃


Sun
8℃


Mon
10℃

Top Stories

Upcoming Featured Events

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook