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Netherlands uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Dutch
Netherlands uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in Netherlands. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Netherlands is on average 17.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Netherlands is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €22.57, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: KPN, T-Mobile, Tele2, Vodafone or Ziggo. Netherlands uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Netherlands upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Netherlands, dial +, then 31 (the country code for Netherlands), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Netherlands, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 10 .
In Netherlands you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 088 - 269 28 88 (ANWB BV). For general news on Netherlands's traffic use ANWB BV. Most popular petrol stations in Netherlands are Avia, Shell, Lukoil, Tamoil, Texaco, Esso and BP. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Euro 95, benziner, Super 98 or Ongelood (95/98). Petrol costs about €1.51 per liter.Diesel option is called Diesel.
Import and export information
All items in the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Cultural goods may require a licence for export. For further information, please visit theState Inspectorate for Cultural Heritage.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use. Travellers may be asked to provide a prescription for certain medications.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Weapons, ammunition, and explosives, including objects that resemble real weapons.
Counterfeit articles may not be imported if the traveller intends to use them for commercial purposes.
Drugs such as hashish, cocaine, and heroin.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit theNetherlands Enterprise Agency.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit theNetherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.
Weapons used for hunting, shooting, and airsoft sports may be imported with a permit. For further information, please visit theCentral Import and Export Office.
Certain cultural goods, such as art and antiques, may require a licence to be imported. For further information, please visit theState Inspectorate for Cultural Heritage.
Food products of animal origin, such as meat, dairy, and eggs, may only be imported from outside the EU with a health certificate.
2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in personal baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
Most plants, flowers, fruit, and vegetables require a phytosanitary certificate if they are being imported from outside the EU. If the quantity is below 5kg, this certificate may not be required. For further information, please visitPhytosanitary Products..
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.