Foreign travel advice

Netherlands

Summary

Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.

Travelling via Calais? Check our travel advice for France.

The Amsterdam health authorities have launched a campaign to warn tourists about the danger of buying a substance which is sold as cocaine, but is actually white heroin. This has caused a number of deaths. For more information visit the website of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD). See Local laws and customs, and don’t carry or use drugs.

Everybody over the age of 14 is required to show a valid identity document on request. See Local laws and customs

Be alert to the existence of street crime in cities. See Crime

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

British nationals make around 1.8 million visits to the Netherlands every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.