Canadian travellers hit hard by new EU restrictions
While you’ve got a little bit of time left, you should know that the EU has announced new travel restrictions starting January 1, 2021. No longer will Canadians be able to travel on a whim to countries in the Schengen area. However, travel to Britain, Scotland and Ireland will remain unaffected.
Come on! Canada is everybody’s friend! We should travel when and where we please, especially if we’re jumping over to Europe. Get your fill of being able to spend up to 90 days at a time in the next year and a bit, because the honeymoon phase is apparently over.
Anyways, the new regulation isn’t too bad. Called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), it’s an electronic screening process that should take the average individual roughly 10 minutes and 7 euros to complete. After receiving clearance, people have 3 years before the authorization is no longer valid.
EU officials estimate that 95% of individuals will be immediately cleared by the system. Of the 5% leftover, 3-4% will be ok after getting approval from EITAS Central Unit. Meanwhile, the remaining 1-2% will receive manual processing. Ah, bureaucracy, what a time.
It shouldn’t be too bad, but with 670 million tourists spending time in the EU in 2017, that’s still 335,000 having some sort of difficulty with the process. The Southern and Mediterranean regions saw over 2 million Canadians alone in 2017. It’s not exactly a small number.
If you’d like to read the full memo, you can check it out here.