From the end of 2022, Canadians who travel to the Netherlands or other Schengen countries will be required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver before their trip.
The visa waiver for Europe is being implemented as a border management tool to screen potential security risks and streamline document checks. It is intended to improve security within European borders and to make travel easier and safer for everyone.
The online ETIAS application for the Netherlands is simple and will only take around 10 minutes to complete. It will also greatly speed up the process of entering the country and the Schengen Area as a whole. Please note that ETIAS is not a visa but will nevertheless be mandatory for eligible travellers.
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, travellers will need to provide:
- Data from their passport information page: such as name, country of birth, date of birth, and passport number
- Their current address
- A working email address
Applicants will also need to answer a few questions about health and security matters. They will also need to provide some information on their travel plans.
The information provided on the ETIAS application is checked against international security databases, and most applicants will receive an approval within minutes.
In order to receive the visa waiver to The Netherlands, travellers will need to pay the visa waiver fee with a credit or debit card and provide an email address that the approved permit for Europe will be sent to.
ETIAS visa waiver to the Netherlands from Canada
After receiving an ETIAS visa waiver via email, Canadian citizens will be ready to travel to the Netherlands. It is advised to bring a printed or digital copy of the ETIAS document to present at the Dutch border alongside the passport.
Once Canadian passport holders have received the approved ETIAS visa waiver for Europe, they will not only have permission to enter the Netherlands but to visit the other 25 countries in the Schengen Zone. The ETIAS authorisation to the 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.
Passport and document requirements
The ETIAS requirements for Canadians travelling to Europe are straightforward. They must be in possession of a valid Canadian passport. They must also have at least 2 blank pages free in their passport to receive an entry stamp for 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. From 2022, some form of permit will be essential to be granted entry by the Dutch and European border authorities.
Canadian citizens on business or tourism stays of under 90 days who have the ETIAS visa waiver do not require further documentation. A Netherlands residence permit is needed for Canadians wishing to live and work in the Netherlands for longer periods.
Basic information about the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a small country located in Northwestern Europe. It 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 lying and flat geography. Around only 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.
Tourist information/travel info for the Netherlands
The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam are the principal cities and population centres in the Netherlands. Most tourists who travel to the country 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. This is in addition to its 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 attractions in the Netherlands. It is also well worth a visit to Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Also known as the Garden of Europe, it is brimming with one of the Netherlands’ most famous exports, tulips.
Health information for travellers to the Netherlands
Healthcare in the Netherlands meets very high standards, 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. For this reason, 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
- 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 travelling outside major city centres
- 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
Travel to the Netherlands is usually very safe for Canadians. However, if for any reason you need consular assistance, you can contact one of the foreign missions for Canada located in the country.
Embassy of Canada in The Hague
Address: Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP, The Hague, The Netherlands
Telephone: 31 (0) 70 311-1600