Practical visitor information

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam


Visitors from the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, most countries in Europe, and many other countries do not need a visa if they stay for 90 days or less. If you stay longer, or if your country is not on the list, you may need to get a visa from your local embassy or consulate.

For up to date visa requirements and other official visa information, please visit the visa section on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or contact your local embassy or consulate.

Getting there

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

The main port of entry is Schiphol Amsterdam airport. Many airlines fly to Schiphol from every continent (well, except Antarctica).

High velocity trains connect Amsterdam and other major cities with Brussels (Belgium), Paris (France), and the main German cities.

Getting around

The easiest way to get around is by train. The Netherlands have a dense railway network, and all major towns and cities have one or more stations.

Places that cannot be reached by train are usually connected to the nearest railway station by bus lines.

In most major towns and cities you can rent a car, but check in advance if your driving license is valid in The Netherlands!

A typical Dutch way to get around is by bicycle. These can be rented in most major railway stations.


The currency of The Netherlands is the Euro. Dollars are sometimes accepted in downtown Amsterdam and in some of the major tourist areas, but in most places you have to pay in Euros. There are coins of one and two euros, and of five, ten, twenty and fifty cents. Coins of one and two cents exist but are not used (and rarely accepted) in the Netherlands. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.

Major credit cards are accepted in many places, but not everywhere – ask before you buy. Maestro can be used almost everywhere.

ATMs are widely available, in malls, in some shops, on major railway stations, and of course at the airport.


The national language is Dutch. Many regions have their own language or dialect, but Dutch is spoken and understood everywhere.

As a tourist you can get by with English almost everywhere. If you plan to stay longer, to live and work in The Netherlands, you are expected to learn Dutch.

Holland or Netherlands?

The official name of the country is The Netherlands – plural. Originally the country consisted of seven more or less independent parts, and Holland was just one of them. Nowadays the terms Holland and The Netherlands are used interchangeably. Sometimes purists will tell you not to use Holland, because that is only a part of the country – ignore them, Holland is perfectly acceptable as nickname for The Netherlands.

Dutch language books

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Dutch language books

Planning to learn Dutch? The following books may help you: Learning Dutch Teach Yourself Dutch In-Flight Dutch Pimsleur Conversational Dutch Essential Dutch Grammar 201 Dutch Verbs Dutch: Lonely Planet Phrasebook Dutch dictionary New Routledge Dutch Dictionary Langenscheidt Universal Dutch Dictionary Berlitz Dutch/English Dictionary

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