Netherlands Practical information
An identity card or a valid passport for every EU citizen, but your stay should not exceed three months.
To travel to the Dutch islands of Curacao, particularly St. Martin, a passport is compulsory.
If you are a resident of a country outside the EU but which applies the Schengen Agreement, you are exempt from requiring a visa. A valid passport is sufficient.
There is no need to have had any vaccines in order to enter the Netherlands.
Depending on the situation, it is advisable to get these vaccinations: Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio.
Make sure you take generic medication with you as this is mostly available on prescription only.
Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and St. Martin are all affected by the Zika virus: for these areas, take long clothing and mosquito repellents and ensure air conditioning and mosquito nets are available night and day.
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The currency used in the Netherlands is the euro.
Exchange rates $1 = €0.910*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
If you are a resident of an EU member state, you will not need to change currency.
For countries outside the EU, large national banks are available.
Service charges are usually included in the bill (about 15%). So, offering a tip is not necessary but it's still common practice to leave a few coins.
Trains are numerous and enable you to get around the whole country easily.
Buses, trams and the underground are enjoyable and fast ways to get around the country. The network is fairly dense and will take you wherever you want to go. Get an OV-chipkaart if you travel frequently.
Waterbuses and Watertaxis are also options. These boats take you along the canals and allow you to travel through the towns in an unusual way. Some Waterbuses, like the Bac in Amsterdam, are free, while others (the Rotterdam-Dordrecht) are payable. An OV-chipkaart will be required for this service.
Cycling is a very popular mode of transport for Dutch people. The country is home to over 32,000 kilometres of cycle paths. This makes the Netherlands a leading destination for lovers of cycling tourism.
In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
National police: 0900 8844
In the Netherlands, Dutch is spoken and this is the national language. English is also common.
A few phrases to remember :
Good evening: goedenavond
Goodbye: tot ziens
Thank you: bedankt
What time is it?: Hoe laat is het?
I don't understand: Ik begrijp het niet
How much is … ?: hoeveel kost… ?
Where is… ?: Waar is… ?
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