Canadians heading to Europe will soon have to fill out specialized paperwork and pay a fee in order to travel around the continent. But don't worry, the new travel restrictions don't kick in until January 2021.
In hopes of curbing illegal immigration and better protecting its border, the European Union said it's implementing restrictions for international travellers, including Canadians.
It's called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and Canadians will have to fill out the application online, pay a fee and wait to be approved before travelling to the Schengen Zone, an area covering 26 countries in Europe — this does not include the U.K. and Russia.
Canadian citizens do not currently require a visa for short-term stays for tourism, family or business reasons.
Before travelling to Europe, Canadians (including minors) will have to apply for the ETIAS application online. Applicants will answer security questions as well as information about their travel plans, such as address destinations, education, work experience and citizenship.