The economy of the Netherlands is one of the most developed on the planet, and the country’s insertion in the European Union promoted the strengthening and expansion of many industrial segments. The Dutch population enjoys an excellent standard of living, and the Human Development Index of the Netherlands is the seventh best average among all countries in the world.
Holland’s main port, Rotterdam, is the largest port area in Europe and is considered one of the busiest in the world. In addition, every year the country attracts millions of tourists and Amsterdam, the national capital, is one of the most visited places in Europe.
Travel in Netherlands
Besides Amsterdam, other highlights of the Netherlands are the nearby cities of Haarlem, the tourist Volendam (with typical houses), Leiden (Rembrandt’s birthplace) or Lisse (where De Keukenhof flower park is located). On a visit to the Netherlands, it is also worth spending a few days between The Hague and Delft, as well as getting to know the Kinderdijk windmills and Rotterdam.
Because the Netherlands is an official member of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement, travellers who bear an EU passport can travel freely around the country. As for citizens of Canada, for example, they enjoy a visa-waiver policy with Schengen Holland for trips under 90 days.
Area: 41,526 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +31
ETIAS in Netherlands
Being a founding nation of both the Schengen and EU, the Dutch government has occupied an influential post in all EU-related discussions. As of lately, one of the major concerns of the government of the Netherlands and the other Member States has been the security of the European community. This is due to a series of terrorist attacks that hit France, Belgium, and Germany in 2015 and 2016, as well as an uncontrolled number of illegal immigrants in European territory.
Hence, EU member countries began to discuss ways to redesign their immigration policies and entry/exit systems. One of the alternatives proposed by the European Commission was the introduction of an online pre-travel authorization system that would give EU authorities more information about people coming in and out of Europe. The EU commission named this new program ETIAS, or European Travel and Information Authorization System, and has planned to implement it as of 2021.
EU nationals don’t need to worry about the ETIAS as it won’t affect travel regulations between the Schengen Member States. However, countries which are part of the Schengen visa-waiver agreement – like Canada, Australia, or Japan – will need a valid ETIAS in order to travel to the Netherlands after 2021. With the ETIAS, the period of stay in the Schengen territory for visa-exempt countries will remain 90 days in every 180 days. The difference will be that they will have to submit an application and pay a fee before boarding an international carrier.
Canada and Netherlands
The Netherlands has also been a strong partner of Canada in the field of trade and innovation, working as a gateway to the European Union. After Canada signed the CETA with the European Union in 2016, bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Canada strengthened and new opportunities for investment arose.
Holland and Canada are partners in several international organizations like the OSCE, the NATO, and the United Nations. The two nations often collaborate in matters regarding human rights issues and the value of democracy.
In 2016, after Canada implemented the eTA, Dutch passport holders started to require an electronic authorization for short-term tourism, transit and business trips to Canada. The eTA grants citizens of the Netherlands the right to spend up to 90 days in Canadian territory, in every 180-day period.
Until 2021 Canadian nationals will remain as visa-exempt travellers for the Schengen Area. However, after 2021 all visitors from Canada who plan to travel to the Netherlands for tourism will need to apply for an ETIAS. The European Travel and Information Authorization System will work like the eTA and will allow Canadian citizens to move freely in the Schengen Zone for up to 3 months in each period of 6 months.
List of Canadian diplomatic offices in Netherlands
The Embassy of Canada in Hague, Netherlands
Address: Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP The Hague, The Netherlands
Phone: 31 (0) 70 311-1600
Fax: 31 (0) 70 311-1620
Facts: Sabine Nölke – Ambassador
List of Dutch diplomatic offices in Canada
The Embassy of Netherlands in Ottawa, Canada
Address: 350 Albert Street | Suite 2020, Ottawa, ON K1R 1A4
Fax: (+1) 6132376471
Facts: Henk van der Zwan – Ambassador
Consulate of Netherlands in Toronto, Canada
Address: 1 Dundas Street West | Suite 2106, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3
Consulate of Netherlands in Vancouver, Canada
Address: Suite 883, Three Bentall Centre, PO Box 49068, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V7X 1C4
Consulate of Netherlands in Calgary, Canada
Address: Suite 600 Lancaster Building, 304-8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Consulate of Netherlands in Edmonton, Canada
Address: 1800 Enbridge Centre, 10175–101 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5J 0H3
Consulate of Netherlands in Halifax, Canada
Address: 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 2P6
Consulate of Netherlands in Montréal, Canada
Address: COLBY MONET, 2075, boul Robert-Bourassa, bureau 600, Montréal, Québec H3A, 2L1
Consulate of Netherlands in Québec, Canada
Address: 269 du Petit-Hunier, Saint-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, QC G3A 2J3
Consulate of Netherlands in Saskatoon, Canada
Address: 211 Wheeler Street, Saskatoon, SK, S7P 0A4, Canada
Phone: +1 3066524432
Consulate of Netherlands in Winnipeg, Canada
Address: by appointment only
Phone: +1 204-802-0920