With the history, architecture and art all over Europe, many Canadians make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to see the sights and experience the variety of cultures. While there is a lot to do in Canada, sometimes it’s nice to escape the winter weather for a change of pace. While in Europe, it’s common for travelers to hop from one country to the next, crossing a number of places off their bucket list. Be sure to take note of the visa and entry requirements for each of your destinations so you don’t run into any trouble during your trip.
Get Your Travel Documents In Order
First and foremost, you’ll need to have a Canadian passport that is valid for at least 90 days after your intended departure from Europe. If you’re planning on crossing the border into multiple countries in Europe by car, rail or plane, you may need to show other travel documentation such as hotel reservations or an address for where you will be staying.
If you’re planning on driving in Europe and have a valid Canadian driver’s license, most countries will allow you to use that during your trip. However, depending on where you are, you may also need to obtain an International Driving Permit in order to rent a car and drive legally in some countries in Europe. Be sure to check if you’ll need one before you fly out. If you’re heading to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia or Spain, a permit is required.
Understand the Schengen Area Regulations
The Schengen area is a group of 26 European countries that have common entry and exit requirements. As long as their requirements are met, Canadians and other foreigners are allowed to travel freely between the countries without a visa or without having to go through border control. Exceptions do exist and sometimes countries can require travelers to go through border control if a threat appears. You may be required to present your Canadian passport, so be sure to have it with you. As long as you’re traveling for less than 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen area, you will not need a visa. Some countries may require you to register with local authorities when you arrive. Keep in mind that if you’re planning to stay for more then 90 days within an 180-day period, you will require a visa for your trip.
The Schengen area countries consist of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Keep In Mind Other Requirements
If you’re looking to travel to European countries that are not part of the Schengen area, such as the United Kingdom or Russia, you’ll need to pay attention to their individual requirements. Canadians can visit the United Kingdom for up to six months without a visa. However, it’s advised that you bring any documents you’d need to apply for a visa should the situation occur. In order to visit Russia for any length of time, Canadians will need to obtain a tourist visa from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada.