The Netherlands Travel Information
The Netherlands is a safe country to travel in as a
tourist. However, precautions should be taken to avoid
pickpockets, and to exercise normal caution in the
evenings and nights.
Most trips are safe and easy. But travelers may be
exposed to unpleasantness and crime. There is also a
risk of being hit by terror. Travelers should be alert
and take reasonable precautions.
The Dutch authorities are constantly assessing the
danger of terrorist attacks and adapting their
preparedness accordingly. The authorities' threat
assessment can be checked at any time on the website of
the Ministry of Security and Justice. Since 2013, the
threat level in the Netherlands has been "substantial".
That is, the likelihood of a terrorist attack is high.
Crime in the Netherlands is roughly on a par with
other European countries. General care should be taken,
especially in Amsterdam and other major cities. As a
tourist, you are particularly exposed to pocket thefts.
It is important to be aware of where to store valuables
such as money, passports, mobile phones, etc. This is
especially true at railway stations, airports and public
The Netherlands has a well-developed public transport
system both in the cities and elsewhere in the country
and good motorways. Traffic density is high, so be
prepared for long queues.
Road safety is about the same as in Norway. Norwegian
driver's license is valid in the Netherlands.
Health and sanitation are about the same as in
26 percent of the Netherlands is below sea level, and
an extensive trench system keeps the water bodies out.
The last major flood was in 1995 when hundreds of
thousands of people had to be evacuated. The Great Flood
of 1953 required 1800 lives. In the event of a natural
disaster, it is important to follow instructions and
recommendations from the Dutch authorities (Rijksoverheid).
The same applies to information on the embassy's
- Countryaah: Amsterdam is the capital
of Netherlands. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Dutch emergency number (police, ambulance, fire
In emergency and emergency situations, the embassy can
be contacted by phone
+31 70 311 76 11
Outside the embassy's opening hours (09: 00-16: 00),
the UD's 24-hour operating center can be contacted on
+47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians need a passport to enter the Netherlands.
Although the Netherlands is part of the Schengen area,
passports must always be brought as this is the only
internationally valid Norwegian identification paper. At
airports and border controls in the Netherlands,
Norwegian citizens can be denied access to aircraft and
other means of transport without a passport (applies to
all Schengen countries).
Coronavirus (covid19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
For travel to and stay in the Netherlands, check out
the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu.
Dutch health authorities advise all inhabitants of
the province of North Brabant to stay home in the event
of symptoms of a cold, fever or cough and to avoid
social contact as much as possible. The reason is the
relatively high number of cases of infection in the
province where the source of infection is unknown. To
determine whether the spread is in the province, from
March 7, RIVM (equivalent to Norwegian FHI) started with
coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) sampling.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides health
professional travel advice. You can find more
information and guidance from Norwegian health
authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of
Helpful tips on preventive measures at Advice and
information to the population about new coronavirus.
The Netherlands has a well-developed health system
with both public and private hospitals. Health and
sanitary conditions are much the same as in Norway.
All travelers should take out their own travel and
health insurance before leaving. In addition, European
health insurance cards that are valid in all EEA
countries should be obtained. The card is booked at
It is a requirement in the Netherlands that one must
always be able to identify and passport must therefore
always be brought. Passport is the only international
valid identification document for Norwegians.
The Dutch are informal and customs and customs are
not significantly different from Scandinavia. Most Dutch
The currency unit in the Netherlands is the euro.
Most credit cards can be used, but Norwegian Visa cards
cannot be used everywhere.
The mains is 220 volts.
Stores (Tuesday-Friday): 9 am-6pm. One day a week
(Thursday or Friday) the shops are open until 21:00.
Saturday: 9 am-5pm. On Monday, many shops are closed
until noon, or all day. Bank (Monday-Friday): 10 am-5pm.
Some banks are open on Saturdays. Public Offices
(Monday-Friday): 9 am-1:30pm.
National holidays are January 1, Easter 2, April 27
(King's Day), May 5 (Liberation Day, partially closed
stores and offices), Ascension Day, Pentecost, 1st and
2nd Christmas Day.
Emergency Phones - (+31) 112 for ambulance, police,
fire, and accidents.
Information +31 (0) 900 8008
Website for: Public transport, train, bus.