Official Travel Advice for Netherlands
Local laws and customs section - minor amendment to information on Dutch law on buying or smoking soft drugs in public places
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 Jun 2018.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.
Travelling via Calais? Check our travel advice for France.
As from 26 March 2018, Amsterdam public transport service (GVB) do not accept cash for buying tickets on trams, buses or metro trains in Amsterdam. You can buy tickets by credit card (not American Express) on buses and trams or at payment points at main bus and tram stops, Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol airport. Additional information can be found at GVB.
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.
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the Netherlands. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism
British nationals make in excess of 2 million visits to the Netherlands every year half of whom are visiting Amsterdam. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Netherlands
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Visitors/Tourists: 11,300,000 in 2011
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Population: 820,654 (in 2012-05-06)