Netherlands Passport Visa | As flat as a local pannenkoek, the Netherlands is a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe.
It punches well above its weight culturally, laying claim to the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondrian, amongst others.
At the head of the state sits the country’s constitutional monarchy, whose palaces dominate many of the larger cities, including The Hague and the capital city, Amsterdam. The latter, renowned for its step-gabled houses, ubiquitous bikes, seedy red light district and hazy coffeeshops, is bisected by a UNESCO-listed network of waterways, many of which are spanned by beautiful, latticed bridges.
To the south lies Rotterdam, an industrial port city that has benefitted from a complete makeover in recent years, acquiring a slew of excellent museums and an unlikely affinity for hip-hop in the process.
The butt of many a northern joke, the southern city of Maastricht lies in the much-maligned Limburg region. Despite the teasing, this is a city of delicate beauty, dotted with churches, bisected by a mighty river and home to what is almost certainly the best bookshop in the world, Selexyz Dominicanen.
Back towards the coast, the Netherlands becomes more stereotypically Dutch, with vast colourful fields of tulips dotted with windmills and dairy farms producing the wheels of cheese for which the country is so famous. The low-lying Dutch countryside is scattered with a network of charming towns and villages such as Edam, Haarlem and Leiden, which have changed little over the centuries.
Best of all though, are the sandy, North Sea beaches of Zeeland, which stretch for an almost unbroken 650km (403-miles). With more sunshine than any other part of the Netherlands, Zeeland is the Dutch riposte to the Caribbean – and with better cycling trails and museums, if not the hot weather, to boot.
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Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.
If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Some countries like France and Austria have reintroduced border controls. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Australian, Canadian and US nationals can stay in the Netherlands without a visa for up to 90 days. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €60/£53. Reductions are available for some nationals and for children.
Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.
Visitors from some countries not listed above do require a transit visa; check with the embassy.
Applications must be made in person at the relevant embassy/consulate. UK residents requiring visas should apply to the Netherlands Visa Application Centre (www.vfsglobal.com/Netherlands/UK), which charges an additional fee of £23.68. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
The Netherlands is part of the Schengen area.
Allow up to 15 days for visa processing. Applications which require further enquiry may take up to two months however.
Schengen visa applicants must show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay.
Extension of stay
EU nationals staying longer than three months must register with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (www.ind.nl). Non-EU nationals must apply for a residence permit if staying beyond three months.
Entry with pets
If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal requires a pet passport, microchip and rabies vaccination certificate.
Embassies and tourist offices
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7590 3200.
Address: , 38 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5DP,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0900-1700; consular section: Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1530 (by appointment only). Closed first and third Wednesday of every month.
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 244 53 00.
Address: , 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008,
Opening times:Embassy: Mon-Fri 0830-1630; consular and visa section: Tue-Fri 0850-1230 (by appointment only).
British Embassy in the Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)70 427 0427
Address: , Lange Voorhout 10, The Hague, 2514 ED,
Opening times:Currently not open to the public.
Netherlands Health Care and Vaccinations
In the event of an emergency during your visit to The Netherlands, dial 112. EU residents are entitled to free or reduced-cost treatment providing they have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which can be obtained free of charge via www.ehic.org.uk. Travellers from other countries should find out if they are covered by other reciprocal arrangements. Australia, for example, has such an agreement as long as long as citizens carry their Medicare card. Comprehensive insurance is advised for all other nationals.
Dutch hospitals are of a very high standard, and staff at local pharmacies are trained to be able to advise on minor complaints.
Food and Drink
According to Oxfam, The Netherlands is the best country in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet. Suffice to say, then, travellers couldn’t be in a better place as far as food quality and hygiene is concerned. As in most developed nations, tap water in The Netherlands is safe to drink.
People visiting The Netherlands have a low risk of contracting diseases, but medical professionals advise travellers to make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before every trip.
Hepatitis A and B are present around the world and can be transmitted through contaminated food, sexual contact and contaminated needles. Speak to your doctor to see if vaccinations are right for you. Rabies is present in bats in The Netherlands, but is not found in dogs. If you are planning to go caving in The Netherlands or work with bats, it may be worth having a rabies vaccination.
Perhaps the biggest health risk in The Netherlands is that of sunburn. It might not always feel hot during the summer months, but the UV rays are still strong – be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and make sure you stay hydrated.
Netherlands Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
25 December 2018
Money and duty free for Netherlands
Currency and Money
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.
ATMs are widely available. ATMs accept bank cards with a Cirrus logo, some ATMs also accept cards with the PLUS logo.
Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in Euros.
Mon-Fri 0900-1700. Only major banks are open on Saturdays. GWK Travelex offices are open seven days a week.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.
Money exchange is possible at banks, post offices, at many hotels and at exchange offices. Exchange offices are indicated by the letters GWK. GWK is a national organisation with currency exchange offices at major railway stations, at Schiphol Airport and at the border crossings with Germany and Belgium. Hotels tend to charge high commissions. Verkoop means sell, while Koop means buy.
Netherlands duty free
The Netherlands is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs – all at tax-free equivalent prices.
If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes
• 400 cigarillos
• 200 cigars
• 1kg of tobacco
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume,
• 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume
• 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine)
• 110L of beer.
If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into the Netherlands by persons 17 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 or €300 if arriving by private aircraft or yacht.
Counterfeit goods, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, narcotics, antiques without an export permit from the country of origin, and uncertified plants, meat and dairy products from outside the EU.
Counterfeit goods, uncertified plant and animal products, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, and unlicensed cultural artefacts.
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