The Netherlands is a great holiday destination for Canadians. Canadians travel to The Netherlands because the country is simply wonderful with its characteristic canals, windmills, and colorful flower fields. A large part of its territory is below sea level. The Netherlands has a rich history and due to its rebel spirit, this country fascinates every visitor from young to old.
In the Netherlands, Canadian tourists can find any kind of accommodation for every kind of budget. Transportation is generally a bit more expensive compared to other European countries but the quality of service is really high.
Dutch cuisine offers a lot of delicacies that tourists can try for a really reasonable price. In Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, raw herring and kibbeling are popular snacks. If you fish, raw herring is a typical fish dish of Dutch cuisine. If you ask for a “broodje haring” you get the fish served in a small sandwich with pickles and onions. We suggest trying it between May and July. For less adventurous tourists, the Dutch cuisine offers kibbeling, which are cod morsels battered and deep-fried.
Stroopwafel is a must when it comes to sweet things to eat. It consists of two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet caramel syrup. It's just simply delicious.
The city of Amsterdam rises above everything. Amsterdam has a wonderful atmosphere because of its canals and coffee shop culture. The city has also a long tradition in terms of arts (a visit to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum it's strongly suggested).
The Keukenhof Gardens is located in between Amsterdam and The Hague. This wonderful jewel is often considered as "the Garden of Europe" with more than seven million flowers planted each autumn. During springtime, this is almost like a show to witness. Tourists from all around the world come to see this spectacle every spring. The colors and scents that fill this place always leave the visitors speechless and mesmerized.
The Hague is one of the largest and most developing cities in Holland and it's a great place for a day trip.
For lovers of nightlife, Rotterdam has a good variety of it. It’s close to the level of Amsterdam vibrant nightlife. The city just never sleeps and the city is one of the most dynamic and lively in Europe. Nearby Rotterdam tourists can look at the Old Windmills of Kinderdijk. This unique place consists of 19 historical windmills and there it’s possible to choose from a huge variety of guided tours around the area. In Kinderdijk you can also enjoy a typical Dutch countryside experience.
Canadian citizens traveling to Netherlands for tourism do not need a visa as long as they spend 90 days or less in an Schengen Country. This is because Canadian passport holders are generally visa-exempted and for this reason, they can enter the Schengen area as long as the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6-month period. For longer duration of stay, an Schengen Visa is mandatory. The Visa is issued directly by the Government of Netherlands. If you intend to visit the country for more than 90 days you should contact the local embassy and ask for further information about how to apply for a visa.
There will be a change that has an impact for all the Canadian tourists from 2021 once the European Union is planning to initiate an electronic travel authorization, which is pretty similar to our eTA.
All Canadians planning to visit an Schengen Area Country have to have this electronic visa.
The difference between an Schengen Visa and ETIAS travel authorization is that an Schengen visa is valid only inside the Dutch borders but ETIAS can be used during its validation period also to cross the borders with other Schengen Countries.
Tourist traveling in a group must all get a valid travel authorization. There are some requirements for having an authorization:
As a Canadian citizen, you will need to double check that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your arrival in Netherlands.
Proof of funds:
You will need to bring documentation that proves you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
You will need to provide a reason and documentation of your travel to the region. This documentation should support your travel itinerary.
You might also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.
The Etias Travel Authorization is valid for a course of 3 to 5 years (this is currently under discussion and can be altered) and it can be denied at anytime. Because of this, it’s highly recommended to check the validity of the authorization for each traveler if traveling in a group before the departure date. If the validation is expired, it can result in a denied boarding on the day of traveling.
When entering in Netherlands, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. If your entry is permitted, your passport will be stamped at the customs with the date indicating your arrival date into Dutch territory.
When your entrance is clear and accepted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.