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 transport.
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 Norway.
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 website.
- 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 department): 112.
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: [email protected]
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 Public Health.
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 helsenorge.no.
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 speak English
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. According to allcitycodes, Netherlands area code is +31.
Information +31 (0) 900 8008
Website for: Public transport, train, bus.