Capital: Amsterdam

Language: Dutch

Area: 41543 km²

Population: 17100475

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +31

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E

The Netherlands is a member of the Schengen Area.

To travel to the Netherlands U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a valid passport
  • As of 1 January 2014, the requirement to register your visit at the police has been abolished for all U.S. citizens staying for a maximum of 90 days. Only under special circumstances registration will be required, in which case either your nearest Dutch embassy or consulate or the Dutch Royal Military Constabulary will inform you
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for the Netherlands will be required from 2022

ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorization for Europe and the online application will be fast and efficient.

U.S. citizens staying in the Netherlands for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for U.S. citizens is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If you intent to remain in the Netherlands longer than 90 days, must obtain the appropriate visa.
  • Applications for visas and long-term residence permits are handled by the IND. Generally speaking, U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands may be able to get a residence permit upon arrival without a long-stay visa, but consult your nearest Embassy/Consulate for information.

U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands

Address: Lange Voorhout 102 2514 EJ The Hague

Phone: (+31) 70 310-2209

Fax: (+31) 70 310-2207

The following cities have U.S. Consulates: Amsterdam.


Tourist Travel Information about the Netherlands

etias netherlandsThe Netherlands (Nederland) is a European country. It sometimes referred to as Holland. However, this is incorrect. Holland comprises the Dutch provinces of North and South Holland. It is bordered by Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and France in the Caribbean as the Dutch territory Sint Maarten borders French territory Saint-Martin.

With over 16 million people in an area of just 41,543km², it is the most densely populated country in the European Union.

There are 20 national parks in the Netherlands, as well as hundreds of woods and lakes. Considering its small size, The Netherlands offers American tourists plenty of beautiful sightseeing attractions, with its capital Amsterdam being just one of its many exciting cities.

Once a great naval power, this small nation enjoys a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs, cheese, canals and notoriously flat lands. It has, throughout the years, preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. Its small size, welcoming attitude to travelers and many sights make it an irresistible destination for all U.S. citizens traveling through Europe.

Interesting facts

  • There are over 1,000 windmills still standing from 1850, traditionally used for a variety of purposes, from irrigation to grinding grain, only a few still operate commercially. The Kinderdijk area is a UNESCO World Heritage site home to 19 traditional windmills.
  • The Netherlands produces around 6 million souvenir clogs each year. Clogs are rarely worn although they are ingrained in Dutch culture, for example, there are many clog-related idiomatic expressions. Traditionally, klompen were used as protective footwear for labour workers as they're sturdy, waterproof and easy to clean, and in rural Netherlands they are still sometimes seen in the fields
  • Almost 80 percent of the world's flower bulbs come from the Netherlands, the majority of which are tulips, making it the world's leading tulip exporter. In 2017 the tulip industry is expected to hit 2 million blooms for the first time, grown alongside millions of other blooms, all primarily for export (around 90 percent).
  • More than a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level, it is literally a low country, as it's sometimes called, with 26 percent of the Netherlands sitting below sea level and some 60 percent of the population living 5m below sea level. It's highest point is Vaalserberg which is just 322 metres above sea level and the lowest point is Zuidplaspolder which is seven metres below sea level. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, where most visitors land, is three metres below sea level.
  • The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in the world, with 487 inhabitants per square kilometer, the Netherlands has the highest population density of any European country with more than 1 million inhabitants.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 - Police, Ambulance, Fire (Emergency)
  • 0900 8844 - National Police (non-emergency)
  • 0800 9009 - Outage Gas, Electricity
  • 0900 0111 - Sea Rescue / Coast Guard (Kustwacht)
  • 020 592 3355 - Tourism Medical Service Amsterdam (TMS)
  • 088 2692 888 - Breakdown Service (Car) (ANWB)
  • 0900 0245 - Animal Ambulance (in Dutch)
  • 0900 8008 - Directory Enquiries National
  • 0900 8418 - Directory Enquiries International
  • 0900 9292 - Public Transportation Information

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Any US citizen traveling to Germany will be expected to apply for an Etias Visa Waiver. Learn about Germany entry requirements for US visitors.


ETIAS for Luxembourg. U.S. citizens who want to travel to Luxembourg have to apply with an Etias Visa Waiver. Entry requirements for American travelers.