Starting in 2021, Canadians who travel to The Netherlands or other Schengen countries will be required to obtain an ETIAS system before their trip. The online ETIAS application for The Netherlands is simple and will only take around 20 minutes to complete.
The Netherlands is one of many European countries that have seen a rise in terrorism risks in recent years. In August 2018, The Netherlands police confirmed they had foiled an advanced multi-site terror plot. The visa waiver for Europe is being implemented as a border management tool to screen potential security risks, in order to improve security within European borders and make travel safer for everyone.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit The Netherlands?
To get their visa waiver to the Netherlands, Canadian citizens must complete the online ETIAS application form. The ETIAS requirements for the Netherlands are a valid passport, email address and a debit or credit card. While completing the application, travelers will need to provide data from their passport information page such as name, country of birth, date of birth, and passport number, as well as a current address. Applicants will also need to answer a few questions about health and security matters, as well as their travel plans.
The information provided on the ETIAS application is checked against international security databases, and most applicants will receive approval within minutes. In order to receive the visa waiver to The Netherlands, travelers will need to pay the visa waiver fee with a credit or debit card and provide an email address to which the approved visa waiver for Europe will be sent.
ETIAS visa waiver to The Netherlands from Canada
After receiving the ETIAS EU visa waiver via email, Canadian citizens will be ready to travel to The Netherlands. But first, they should print a copy of the ETIAS program to present at the Dutch border alongside their passport.
Once Canadian passport holders have received the approved ETIAS visa waiver for Europe, they will not only have permission to travel to The Netherlands but to visit the other 25 countries in the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS authorization to Netherlands is valid for a period of 3 years and allows the holder to stay for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Basic information about The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a small country located in Northwestern Europe. The Netherlands shares borders with Belgium, Germany, and an exclusively maritime border with the United Kingdom through the North Sea. The country forms the greater Kingdom of the Netherlands alongside its three island territories in the Caribbean, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba.
‘Netherlands’ literally means ‘lower countries and the region is distinctive for its low land and flat geography, and only around half of its total land rises above sea level. The fertile soil, mild climate, and intensive agriculture make it the world’s second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products after the United States.
Passport and document requirements
The ETIAS requirements for Canadians traveling to Europe are not complex. Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for a minimum of six months after their planned arrival in the Netherlands or other ETIAS countries. They must also have at least two blank pages free in their passport to receive an entry stamp to travel to The Netherlands.
Many nationalities require either a Netherlands tourist visa waiver, Netherlands business visa or a Netherlands transit visa, depending on the purpose of their stay, in order to pass through Dutch border control. However, Canadian citizens on business or tourism stays of under 90 days who have the ETIAS EU visa waiver do not require further documentation. A Netherlands residence permit is required for Canadians wishing to live and work in The Netherlands for longer periods.
Tourist information/travel info
The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam are the principal cities and population centers in the Netherlands. Most tourists who travel to The Netherlands visit the capital, Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The vast number of tourist attractions in Amsterdam include the world-famous canals, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and many open-air markets, including the Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world.
Outside of the capital city, tourists can visit the incredibly well-preserved historic windmills and houses of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands. It’s also well worth a visit to Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Also known as the Garden of Europe, it’s positively brimming with one of The Netherlands’ most famous exports, tulips!
Health Information for Travelers to The Netherlands
Healthcare in The Netherlands meets a very high standard, as is the case in most of the Schengen Area countries. However, foreign visitors to The Netherlands are not covered by The Dutch National Health Service, and Canadian passport holders are advised to get travel insurance covering the possible use of emergency services and hospital stays.
Some additional health advice for The Netherlands:
- The Netherlands emergency services number is 112
- Make sure measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations are up to date, as outbreaks of measles are ongoing across Europe
- Pack a travel health kit. Although quality healthcare in the Netherlands is available, some medication may not be available and the kit may also come in use if traveling outside major city centers
- Carry prescription medication in clearly identified packaging. Check with the government of the Netherlands to ensure the medication is legal in the country.
Canadian embassy and consulates in The Netherlands
Embassy of Canada in The Hague
Address: Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP, The Hague, The Netherlands
Telephone: 31 (0) 70 311-1600