ETIAS Netherlands visa for Canadian citizens
Citizens of the Canada will be required to present an ETIAS visa when travelling to the Netherlands. ETIAS visa can be obtained online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your ETIAS via e-mail when the application is approved. The ETIAS visa will allow Canadian citizens to enter the Netherlands for work, tourism, transit, or medical reasons, provided that the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and the visa will be valid for multiple trips made via air, sea, or land. In addition, people between 18 and 70 years of age will be able to apply for this visa free of charge.
What is ETIAS Netherlands for Canadians?
ETIAS permit will come into force in November 2023, as part of a European Commission program aimed at strengthening European borders and keeping a digital track on all people entering Schengen Area. Following some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016. During the last years, data sharing between European Union countries has been expanded and implemented, allowing for the creation of the ETIAS visa system, that connects the applications for ETIAS permit with already existing databases.
How does ETIAS Netherlands work for Canadian citizens
From 2023 Canadian citizens must present an ETIAS visa before travelling to the Netherlands. If the trip has a duration longer than 90 days or has other purposes than those required for ETIAS, they will require a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the Netherlands, respecting the timing and requirements for the permit they are applying for. Once issued, ETIAS permit will be valid for 3 years, and it will allow multiple entries in the Netherlands and other Schengen Area countries, provided that each trip is shorter than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days before the departure. If the ETIAS permit is denied, you can still apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the Netherlands or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS.
ETIAS destinations for Canadian citizens
From November 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for Canadians in order to travel to the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
At the moment, Canadian citizens will not have to obtain ETIAS to enter Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these are not Schengen countries yet. However, this may change in the future, so please keep updated with the visa requirements.
ETIAS requirements for Canadians and how to apply
In order to apply for the ETIAS permit, you have to be a Canadian citizen and hold a valid electronic passport issued by the Canada of America. If you are not entitled to an Canadian passport, you will require a Schengen visa.
ETIAS permit application can be completed online, entering all the necessary information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once the application form is completed, all citizens aged between 18 and 70 years will also have to pay a 7 euros fee, using a credit or debit card. Generally, most ETIAS are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and the approved ETIAS will be sent via e-mail as a PDF file.
Furthermore, it will not be necessary to print the visa, because all the information will already be in the European Schengen authorities’ databases, and those data will be linked to the passport data provided during the application. However, to avoid delays, it is recommended to apply for ETIAS at least 4 days prior to the departure, to make sure that the ETIAS is approved and to have the time to provide any additional documents should they be required. In the instance where an ETIAS visa is denied, you can apply for a Schengen permit at the embassy or consulate of the Netherlands. It is highly recommended to carefully read and check all the requirements for the ETIAS permit before applying, in order to avoid any mistakes in the application procedure that could result in delays in the visa approval.
How much does ETIAS cost for Canadian citizens
The ETIAS visa application for Canadians has a cost of 7 euros for all citizens between 18 and 70 years old, which must be paid after completing the application form using a credit or debit card. Canadian citizens under 18 and over 70 years of age can apply for ETIAS visa free of charge.