Fast Facts: Netherlands

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

The months of May thru October are the best months to travel when temperatures in the day hover around the 70's and 80's. Nights dip into the 50's and 60's, so be sure to take a sweater and even an umbrella. If you would like to visit during the tulip season, April to mid-May is the best time!

Check out the current weather conditions in the Netherlands.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

As is the case with most international travel, a hepatitis vaccination is recommended. Take along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in the Netherlands is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

ATMs are abundant in the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam.

Are tips & service charges customary?

A service charge of 5-10% is added to restaurant bills. Add 5-10% more for exceptional service. Tip in cash, even when paying with a credit card.

What are the best items to shop for?

The best items to shop for in the Netherlands are diamonds, decorative tiles, wooden shoes, licorice, cheese, chocolate, and tulip bulbs. If you are shopping for Delft porcelain, look for a hallmark of the word “Delft” written with the D like a backward C.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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