NetherlandsOfficial Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands
at least 6 months beyond planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
2 pages required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
Embassies and Consulates
Lange Voorhout 102
2514 EJ The Hague
Telephone: +(31)(70) 310-2209
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (070) 310-2209
Fax: +(31)(70) 310-2207
Please note that all requests for consular assistance in the Netherlands must be directed to the Consulate General in Amsterdam. There are no consular services available at the Embassy in The Hague
U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam
1071 DJ Amsterdam
Telephone: +(31)(20) 575-5309
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(31)(70) 310-2209
Fax: +(31)(0) 20-575-5330
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on The Netherlands for information on U.S. - Netherlands relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
- Passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- You may enter The Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Further useful information, in English and Dutch, can be found on the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service. Additional information is available on the Dutch Board of Tourism and Conventions website.
Visit the Embassy of The Hague website for the most current visa information. Information on work, residency, and immigration requirements in the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Netherlands at 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20008, one of the Dutch consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or Miami, or one of the various honorary Dutch consulates throughout the United States. Additional information is available on the Dutch Board of Tourism and Conventions website.
HIV/AIDS RESTRICITONS: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of The Netherlands.
Dual Nationality: Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. U.S. citizens should be aware that attacks can take place without prior warning.
When traveling or living in The Netherlands, you should:
- Be aware of your local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.
- You should monitor media and local information sources, and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
- You should address specific safety concerns to Dutch law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all residents and visitors to The Netherlands.
- Avoid demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational.
- Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city in which they occur.
Crime: While the rate of violent crime in the Netherlands is low, tourists are often targeted by pickpockets, bag snatchers, and other petty thieves who target automobiles and hotel rooms and are very active in and around train and tram stations, in the city center, and aboard public transportation, especially to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.Thieves often work in pairs; one distracts you, often by asking for directions, while the accomplice moves in on your momentarily unguarded property. Use your hotel safe, and keep baggage locked or secured when you’re away. Avoid leaving valuables in automobiles, especially electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, GPS devices, and mobile telephones. Never leave your personal items or baggage unattended.
Most retailers in the Netherlands only accept a “chip and pin” credit card and will not accept a standard U.S. credit card which only contains a magnetic strip. ATM and credit card users are advised to keep an eye on their cards at all times. If you feel uncomfortable using your card for any reason, use cash. Contact your credit card provider for further guidance.
Scams: U.S. citizens have lost tens of thousands of dollars in online financial scams. Funds transferred in response to such offers can rarely be recovered. Information on fraud schemes can be found on the U.S. Consulate General’s website, the Department of State's international financial scams page, and the FBI pages for information. If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam based in the Netherlands, you may report it to Dutch law enforcement authorities through the following police website and through the Fraud Help Desk website.
Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available as you may also be breaking local law.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 112, 0900-8844 for non-emergency cases, and contact the U.S. Embassy The Hague at +(31)(70) 310-2209 or +(31) (070) 310-2209 (after hours) or the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam +(31)(20) 575-5309 or +(31)(70) 310-2209 (after hours).
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF) of the Netherlands provides financial compensation, under specific circumstances, for victims of crime and for those who have suffered injuries and consequent loss as a result of such incidents. For more information, contact the Dutch Ministry of Justice at (31) (70) 465 6767.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Despite common misperceptions, marijuana and hashish are controlled substances in the Netherlands, and although not enforced in tourist areas, possession is a misdemeanor that can still result in a fine. “Coffee shops” are a haven for petty criminals who prey on tourists and other individuals under the influence of drugs. Persons who visit “coffee shops” have become victims of pickpocketing, identity theft, sexual assault, and other crimes. Visitors are cautioned against using such substances, as they are often counterfeit and can cause illness or death. It is illegal to take any controlled substance, such as marijuana, into or out of the Netherlands.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in the Netherlands. See our LGBTI travel information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights Report for further details.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Dutch law guarantees equality and the right to access for people with disabilities. Information about accessibility in and around Amsterdam for travelers with disabilities is available on the Amsterdam guide.
Students: See our students abroad page and FBI travel tips.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Good medical facilities are widely available.
- Dial 112 for emergency medical assistance.
- Pharmacies (“Apotheek”) are widely available and can assist with emergency prescription needs. Some common medications are not available in the Netherlands without a prescription, and some prescription drugs cannot be sent to the country. Carry an adequate supply of prescription drugs in their original container in your carry-on luggage. Please carry a letter from your pharmacist or medical doctor with you, as some drugs are subject to confiscation by local custom agents.
- If you are traveling with any pre-existing medical problems, bring a letter from the attending physician that describes the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
While vaccinations are not required for travel to the Netherlands, you can stay up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For further health information, go to:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety:
- Lanes in the center of many urban two-way streets are reserved for buses, trams, and taxis.
- In cities, pedestrians should be mindful of trams and buses, which often cross or share bicycle and pedestrian paths. Serious--and sometimes fatal--accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists colliding with trams and buses occur each year.
- Motorists should be especially mindful that bicyclists have the right-of-way; motorists must yield to bicyclists.
- Pedestrians should not walk along bicycle paths, which are often next to the sidewalk and usually designated by red pavement.
- A valid driver’s license issued by a Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States is valid for use in the Netherlands for up to 180 days while in tourist or visitor status.
- You must use seat belts and child seats.
- Driving is on the right side of the road, as in the United States.
- Speed limits are strictly enforced via radar. Traffic cameras are common throughout the Netherlands and you could receive a ticket for traveling even 2-5 km/h over the limit. Different limits may apply to certain hours of the day, as posted.
- Drivers must yield the right-of-way to drivers and bicyclists coming from the right at intersections or traffic circles unless otherwise posted.
- The maximum allowable blood-alcohol content in the Netherlands is 0.05 percent.
- Use of cellular telephones while driving without the use of a hands-free device is prohibited, and is punishable by severe fines.
- Bicyclists and pedestrians should be particularly cautious during the winter months, when paths, roads, and especially bridges can be icy and extremely slippery.
Public Transportation: Rail is often a convenient alternative to driving, particularly in the areas around Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam, where road congestion is frequent. Rail network information is available online. It is relatively safe to travel by road from city to city, compared to some other European countries.
Taxi service in the Netherlands is safe but expensive. Trams and buses are both convenient and economical, but are often frequented by pickpockets.
Please refer to our road safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of the Netherland’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of the Netherland’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.