Netherlands

Netherlands

Use Normal Level of Caution

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is located in northwestern Europe, between Belgium and Germany and the North Sea. The population is about 16 million people. Amsterdam, the capital, is the largest city, and The Hague is the seat of government. The Hague is sometimes referred to as the legal capital of the world.

The government is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. A queen is the chief of state and a prime minister is the head of government.

The Netherlands is a low-lying country with about 20 per cent of its area located below sea level. Large areas of land have been reclaimed from the sea and preserved, and most of the country is very flat.

Although the Dutch are considered a conservative people, they are recognised for liberal policies and social tolerance values. Visitors to the Netherlands can enjoy many things the country is known for, such as windmills, dikes, canals, cheeses, and museums. The Netherlands are also famous for the old Dutch Masters, and for their tulips and bulb flowers which are exported all over the world.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language Dutch
Capital Amsterdam
Recent Alerts 2
Latest Alert June 17, 2017 - Railway workers go on strike at two stations - The Hague

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Netherlands. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk of hepatitis B.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Netherlands.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Netherlands.

None required.

Safety and Security in Netherlands

Emergency Numbers

112
020 592 3355 Tourist physician services
020 4275011 Alternate number for tourist physician services
020 570 9595 Tourist dental services

Personal Safety

Most travellers have no safety issues when visiting the Netherlands. Violent crime in the Netherlands rarely occurs, however, petty crime, such as pick pocketing, is common. Ensure valuables are kept safe and avoid carrying large sums of money. Theft of passports and other valuables occurs frequently from hostels in Amsterdam. Travellers should be aware that robberies by those who operate in gangs occur frequently on trains to and from Schiphol Airport and the Central Station and other public transportation. A disturbance or an attempt to distract you, such as asking directions, might be an attempt to draw your attention away from your belongings. Keep your luggage and other belongings in sight at all times.

There have been reports of drink spiking. Do not accept drinks or food from strangers and never leave your drinks out of your sight.

Political Unrest

Demonstrations and strikes sometimes occur in larger cities. Large gatherings and demonstrations should be avoided as they can become violent without warning.

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