ETIAS in 2021

This is more of an update than a Fandom Travel post, although if you want to travel to Europe for Fandom stuff, it applies!

In 2021, the European Travel Information and Authorization System will be up and running, and anyone from 61 countries, including Canada, will have to go through a detailed security check if they wish to travel to Europe.

Note: This is NOT a Visa.

You will need your valid passport in order to fill out the application.

Canadian Passport. Image from canada.ca.

After the online submission of your ETIAS application (which they say will take about ten minutes to complete), there is a minimal fee of approximately $11 CAD, and then it will only take a few minutes for it to be processed.

Minors must have a legal guardian complete the ETIAS for them. They are exempt from the fee.

You can check out the full details, including what information is required for the application, on the ETIAS website here.

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Infant Passport

Canada’s instructions for children’s passports can be found here.

After Birth

You get the choice of requesting the short or long form birth certificate. Infants now require proof of parentage to get a Canadian passport, so you must get the long form birth certificate (or other similar document)!

The Application

Follow the instructions for the passport here.

The Passport Photo

 

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This is the most complicated part of the passport application process, especially with a very small infant. Keep in mind, Keladry was just over one month old at the time of the photo. So here are some things that worked for us:

  • change diaper to wake the infant up
  • feed the infant to make them happy
  • wrap a receiving blanket around the infant
  • place one hand around the infant’s torso, supporting the chest, under the blanket
  • the other hand can go under their bum
  • lean them against the white background – this supports the head (unless they can hold their head up on their own)
  • get the photographer to keep taking pictures until the infant complains

Side note: do NOT bring a sheet to drape over yourself to hold the infant. It worked really well, except that there can’t be wrinkles in the sheet…

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Remember, although the infant’s eyes need to be open and the head has to be upright (no tilting!), the mouth is allowed to be open.