Travel Advice for The Netherlands
The Netherlands
Capital: Amsterdam

Time Zone GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 during the summer)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 31 (followed by 20 for Amsterdam, 10 for Rotterdam,
and 70 for the Hague)
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Tourist
Information
Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme, PO Box 458, 2260 MG Leidschendam, The Nederlands. Tel: (70) 370 5705 Fax: (70) 320 1654.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except : Nationals of EU countries (except Finland and Sweden) who hold a valid national ID card. When required they must be valid for at least 3 months after the last day of the intended visit.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except: Nationals of Australia, Brunei, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Malawi, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, and Venezuela for up to 3 months. Nationals who do not require a visa to visit a country which is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement. The following do not require visas for any of the Schengen member states. a) EU nationals, b) Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, San Marino, The Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City.
Health
Information
No innoculations are compulsary, but please seek medical advice prior to travel.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency In common with12 Member States of the European Union (EU), here the Euro is the currency. There are seven different banknotes and eight coins of the Euro. Each participating EU country has coins with one common side and a reverse side specific to each country, while the banknotes look the same throughout the euro area.
Exchange: Offices are indicated with the letters GWK.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques in any major international currency; are easily exchanged.
ATM availability: Over 6000 locations.
Cost of
Living
Similar to other Western European countries.
Languages Dutch, English, French and German are also spoken.
Weather Mild, maritime climate. Summers are generally warm with changeable periods but excessively hot weather is rare. Winters can be fairly cold with the possibility of some snow. Rainfall is prevalent all year.
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post Approx. 5 days within Europe.
Transport RAIL: The highly developed rail network is efficient and cheap.
ROAD: Excellent road system.
BUS: Extensive regional bus services exist. Long distance coach services operate between cities.
TAXI: It is less usual to hail a taxi in the street in Holland. They are usually metered.
CAR HIRE: Available from airports and main hotels.
DOCUMENTATION: An international driving licence is not required as long as the licence from the country of origin is held. A 'green card' is advisable but not compulsory.
Special
Information
English is widely spoken and many locals will willingly use it. Casual clothes are acceptable everywhere. Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana could lead to a hefty fine or even a jail sentence. Possession of hard drugs will result in immediate imprisonment.