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Netherlands Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

Money Matters
The Dutch currency unit is the guilder, or gulden. The exchange rate of the guilder is closely tied to that of other major Western European currencies, particularly the German Deustche Mark. Amsterdam is the leading center of Dutch banking and insurance and the home of the country's principal stock exchange.

The international commodity exchange for petroleum operates in Rotterdam. In May 1998, the Netherlands and ten other members of the European Union officially adopted a new, single currency, the euro, for all transactions. The new currency as of January 1, 1999, for electronic transfers and for accounting purposes is the Euro. Euro coins and bills will be issued in 2002, at which time the currency of the Netherlands will cease to be legal tender.

Time Zone
GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Telephone Facilities
The telephone country code is 31 (followed by 20 for Amsterdam, 10 for Rotterdam and 70 for The Hague). Telephone information is given in French, English and German.

Calls can be made from public booths or post offices. Most booths only accept cards, which can be bought at post offices, VVV offices, and shops displaying the PTT-telephone card poster; and sometimes coins (25 cent, G1 and G2.5).

Duty Free
The following goods may be imported into The Netherlands without incurring customs duty:

(a) Travellers arriving from EU countries with duty-paid goods:
800 cigarettes and 400 cigarillos and 200 cigars and 1kg of tobacco; 90 litres of wine including up to 60 litres of sparkling wine; 10 litres of spirits and 20 litres of fortified wine and 110 litres of beer.

(b) Travellers from non-EU European countries with goods purchased in non-EU countries:

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 proof or 2 litres less than 22% or 2 litres of fortified wine; 2 litres of wine; 8 litres of non-sparkling Luxembourg wine; 60g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; other goods to the value of G125 if bought duty free.

(c) Travellers originating from outside Europe:

400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco; wine, spirits and perfume as for non-EU European countries; other goods to the value of G125.

These allowances are only for travellers aged 17 years and above.

Credit Cards
Cards that are in use are MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in Dutch Guilders.

Passports for all visitors must be valid for at least 3 months after the last day of the intended visit except:

(a) 1. nationals of EU countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland holding a valid national ID card.
(b) holders of Certificate of Identity issued by the Government of Cyprus to nationals of Cyprus.

It is advisable to have a return ticket, but not obligatory. Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay may be required.

Required by all except the following, for stays of up to 3 months:

(a)Nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Korea (Rep. of), Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vatican City.

(b)Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. Nationals of some countries always require a visa, even when not leaving the airport.

Getting There
By Air: The Netherlands' national airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM). KLM flies direct to all major European, North American and Asia-Pacific cities. KLM UK flies to London Stansted and several regional airports in the UK.

By Sea: The major ferry ports are Vlissingen, Rotterdam and Hook of Holland. Regular car and passenger ferries are operated from the UK to The Netherlands via the following routes and shipping lines.

By Rail: There are regular Eurostar trains from London to Brussels where a direct connection to a number of destinations throughout the Netherlands can be caught after a 30-minute wait.

By Road: The Netherlands are connected to the rest of Europe by a superb network of motorways. All roads are well signposted with green 'E' symbols indicating international highways, red 'A's indicating national highways, and smaller routes indicated by yellow 'N's. The national speed limit is 120 kph (75mph).


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