Visa

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Visa

Generally not required for stays up to three months. Some nationalities require a Schengen visa.

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Tourists from nearly 60 countries – including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the USA and most of Europe – need only a valid passport to visit the Netherlands for up to three months. EU nationals can enter for three months with their national identity card or a passport.

Nationals of most other countries need a Schengen visa, valid within the EU member states (except the UK and Ireland), plus Norway and Iceland, for 90 days within a six-month period. Schengen visas are issued by Dutch embassies or consulates overseas and can take a while to process (up to two months). You'll need a passport that's valid until at least three months after your visit, and will have to prove you have sufficient funds for your stay and return journey.

The Netherlands Foreign Affairs Ministry (www.government.nl) lists consulates and embassies around the world. Visas and extensions are handled by the Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst (Immigration & Naturalisation Service; www.ind.nl). Study visas must be applied for via your college or university in the Netherlands.

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Customs

EU Customs Allowances

Just like the other EU member states, Holland has various security regulations.

Fluid, gel and cream containers containing less than 100 ml may be carried on board, provided these are placed in a transparent zip-lock bag. During the security checks you will have to show this bag. Only one bag per person is allowed.

When you travel from another EU member state, there are no restrictions on carrying See Buy Fly (tax-free) articles. Tobacco is not sold tax-free within the EU.

Receive more information about entering the Netherlands from another EU country and prohibited and restricted goods on the website of the Dutch customs.

Non-EU Customs Allowances

When flying from a country which is not a Schengen country, your passport will be checked at the arrival airport in Holland. When you travel from a country that is not an EU member state, Dutch import regulations apply. Passengers aged 17 and older may carry:

  • Your usual travel baggage,

  • 200 cigarettes and one liter of spirits,

  • 50 ml perfume and 0.25 liter eau-de-toilette,

  • 500 grams of coffee or 200 grams of coffee extract,

  • 100 grams of tea or 40 grams of tea extract,

  • Other goods with a maximum total value of € 430,

  • Medicines for personal use.

If you wish to carry in excess of the above, you will have to pay VAT (Value Added Tax), and possibly other applicable taxes and import duties. Find more information about entering the Netherlands from another EU country and prohibited and restricted goods on the website of the Dutch customs.