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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Canadian citizen for short-stay period in Vatican City State starting from 2021.


A valid passport is required to enter Vatican City. All tourists entering Vatican territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Vatican authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.

A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Canada who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Canadian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.

Custom Regulations
Vatican City is an enclave within the republic of Italy. Italian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Italian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:

If arriving from a non-EU country:

  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g).
  • Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (1L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).

If arriving from an EU Member State:
  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1Kg).
  • Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (10L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).

Currency Restriction
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Italy with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.

Canada and Vatican City State
Canada and the Vatican City began diplomatic relations in 1969 and have since then maintained close ties which are managed by the Nunciature in Ottawa. Being mostly a Catholic country, Canada recognizes and appreciates the role the Vatican plays both nationally and internationally as a sovereign entity.
As one of the main events in the Canada-Vatican relationship was the canonizing of two Canadian saints by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Also named by Pope Benedict XVI to the College of Cardinals were two archbishops from Canada.
The relations between the Vatican City and Canada are mostly based on a religious and sociocultural level, with the majority of political matters being addressed to the Canadian Embassy in Rome. Although only very few people hold a personal passport issued by the Vatican City State, those who do are eligible to a Canadian eTA.
Canada established the Electronic Travel Authorization in 2016 with the objective to better managed its entry-exit policies in order to prevent terrorist events and control illegal immigration. Since then, all members of the Schengen Zone – as well as independent states such as the Vatican – have been required to submit an eTA application prior to visiting Canada for touristic purposes.
In contrast, Canadian passport holders who have long enjoyed a visa-free policy with the Schengen Area will be asked to apply for an ETIAS when travelling to the Vatican after 2021. The ETIAS will work similarly to the Canadian eTA, grating applicants from Canada the permission to stay in the Schengen Territory – including the Vatican – for up to 3 months in every -month period.

Medical Information

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About Vatican City State

Capital: Vatican City
  • Latin;
  • Italian;
  • French

Area: 0 KM2
Population: 921
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +379

Power Sockets

Type C European 2-pin  C European 2-pin
Type L Italian 3-pin  L Italian 3-pin

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