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The Netherlands 2020 Crime & Safety Report

This is an annual report produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. OSAC encourages travelers to use this report to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in the Netherlands. For more in-depth information, review OSAC’s Netherlands country page for original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC password.

Travel Advisory

The current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication assesses The Netherlands at Level 2, indicating travelers should exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Review OSAC’s report, Understanding the Consular Travel Advisory System.

Overall Crime and Safety Situation

The U.S. Department of State has assessed The Hague and Amsterdam as being LOW-threat locations for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. The Netherlands has a population of a little over 17 million people. The city of The Hague is the seat of government, and the location of all embassies and many international organizations such as the Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Europol, EuroJust, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the Peace Palace. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and is a thriving center of international finance, tourism, technology, and business. Amsterdam is also home to the Schiphol Airport (AMS), one of the main transit hubs in Europe. Rotterdam hosts the largest port in Europe and is the main port for distributing cargo throughout the world. The country is also connected to a train network that runs throughout Europe. There is also a robust university network, many of which offer specialized courses in high tech research. 

Crime Threats

Visitors and temporary residents of the major cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, and Utrecht are vulnerable to criminal targeting due to their unfamiliarity with their surroundings and local practices. Within city centers, tourists and visitors are generally safe and not target for crime based on their nationality, but should remain vigilant nonetheless. The most common crimes are pickpocketing, robbery, burglary, vehicular theft, drug use, assaults, and theft of personal property. Visiting U.S. nationals are commonly victims of theft or pickpocketing in crowded places (e.g. train stations, public transportation, Internet cafes, crowded restaurants, and around busy tourist locations). Violent crimes against U.S. nationals are infrequent. Review OSAC’s reports, All That You Should Leave Behind.

Most residential crimes involve surveillance of a targeted residence with eventual entry when the residence is unoccupied. Access is often attempted through second-floor windows/balconies. Most thieves target small, easy-to-carry valuables, while more sophisticated thieves aim for higher-end goods including vehicles – mainly, expensive European vehicles, which are usually targets for their navigation systems and/or airbags. Valuables left in plain view in any vehicle are an attractive target for petty criminals. Criminals can manipulate wireless key systems with sophisticated readers for opening and stealing vehicles.    

There was a decrease in the number of burglaries in 2019, with 16% fewer registered burglaries than in 2018. Reported sex crimes decreased by 12% across the country, although the North Holland province reported an 11% increase. There was a 22% increase of robberies involving deliveries and trucks with the drivers as victims. There were also more reported robberies in homes, shops, and snack bars. Hate crimes involving ethnicity, religion, and transgender issues have increased; the largest increase was in Rotterdam, which saw an upsurge in reports from 12 to 37. The South Holland province also saw an increase in reported hate crimes from 121 in the first quarter of 2018 to 156 in the first quarter of 2019. Internet fraud increased by 38%, with a 27% increase in reported fraud targeting individuals, businesses, and financial institutions. The number of murders decreased across the Netherlands from 116 in 2018 to 107 in 2019.

Despite there being 16% fewer burglaries, the number of crimes registered in the Netherlands increased in the first quarter of 2019 after five consecutive years of decrease. The cause of the increase was due to the higher rate of reported Internet crime, which resulted in 5% more crimes altogether registered during first quarter of 2019 versus 2018.

The Hague

In The Hague, the police anticipate higher criminal activity, particularly in the weapons trade, but also in the number of burglaries. The number of reported violent acts increased from 126 cases in 2018 to 147 cases during the first 11 months of 2019, showing an increase of violence within the region. Most crimes in The Hague occurred in the low-income Schilderswijk neighborhood; there are known troubled areas close to the Holland Spoor train station, in the Laakkwartier neighborhood, and in two areas called Duindorp and Leyenburg

The number of ATM bombings in the Netherlands continues to increase despite the low success rate. Consequently, criminals are using increasingly dangerous explosives that cause collateral damage to property and impact daily life. In July, an ATM bombing in the southern city of Venlo resulted in the evacuation of 80 homes and a hotel while explosive experts determined whether the area was safe. In October, explosives targeting an ATM in the center of Amsterdam resulted in one injury after the blast shattered a window. In November, ABN-AMRO bank decided to close several ATMs located in vulnerable residential areas, while other banks have deployed private security guards to monitor ATMs. Since most attempts to detonate ATMs occur in the middle of the night, many banks have decided to permit ATM access only during the day until they can institute new software and preventive measures to discourage criminals. Review OSAC’s reports, The Overseas Traveler’s Guide to ATM Skimmers & Fraud and Taking Credit.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has crime levels proportionate to similar sized European cities, although it is safer than most major cities in the United States. While the number of domestic burglaries and reports of pickpocketing have decreased, robberies rose by 23%, from 184 to 226 in 2019. The number of reported muggings also rose in 2019, to 1,289. Violent criminal confrontations and the use of weapons are still relatively rare, but serious incidents are possible and do occur. Most violent crimes, including those involving weapons, typically occur between members of rival criminal gangs. Several crime trends flourished in Amsterdam in 2019:

Increase in crimes involving offensive weapons. There has been an increase in the number of incidents involving bladed weapons and firearms. A growing number of young people in Amsterdam carry a knife, and a frequent catalyst to violence has been identified with the connection to rap music. Gangs taunt each other in “lyrical spats” that are shared on social media and then spill over into real-life violence. This is extremely popular in the South-East (Zuidoost) area of Amsterdam, which reported fatal stabbings and shootings during the summer.   

Increase in gang-related robberies. A total of 1,289 muggings were reported in Amsterdam last year, 80 of which resulted in the victim being robbed of expensive watches or jewelry. Thieves often followed their victims, then attacked in quieter, more residential areas. More than 300 phones were stolen, usually near entertainment areas, parks, and public transportation hubs. Over a quarter of muggings took place in the city center; muggers favor the areas around the Red Light District and Dam Square. Perpetrators use different tactics to steal, ranging from distraction thefts to violence. 

Serious & organized crime. In August 2019, a self-commissioned study by the municipal authorities into the city’s drug underworld revealed extensive drug use, aided by expanded distribution mechanisms, a lack of cohesive law enforcement, and a long-time lack of consistent political leadership daring to confront the problems. The report points to operational control of the system by global drug czars, money-laundering systems poisoning the local real estate market, and a grassroots battle between retail operators. Days after the report’s release, the attorney for a key witness in the government’s investigation into a Dutch-Moroccan drug kingpin was murdered, prompting a national outcry against drug-infused organized crime.   

Cybersecurity Issues 

The Netherlands is home to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the second-busiest Internet exchange in the world. The country has one of the world’s strongest digital infrastructure systems and is positioning itself as “the digital gateway to Europe.” The Netherlands is also developing a 5G telecommunications platform to attract significant business investment. 

The Dutch government views cybercrime in all forms as a serious threat to national security and public safety. The government is committed to preventing disruptive attacks and enhancing digital resiliency. The 2017 NotPetya cyber-attack impacted the operations of the Port of Rotterdam’s automated terminal, resulting in significant disruption. The latest reported major cyber incident affected the University of Maastricht, which suffered from a largescale ransomware attack in December 2019. 

Europol is headquartered in The Hague and hosts the European Cyber Crime Center (EC3), which serves as the European information hub on cybercrime. The EC3 develops digital forensic capabilities to support investigations in the EU and builds capacity to combat cybercrime through training, raising awareness, and delivering best practices for investigations. In addition, the EC3 has built a community of experts from all sectors of society to combat and prevent cybercrime and online child sexual abuse.

In the Netherlands, one out of every six internet users have experienced Internet fraud. Victims of Internet fraud are offered the opportunity to check information regarding suspicious websites and to report their experience to a special fraud information desk. The National police base their operations according to priority levels; economic and Internet fraud related crimes are rated as low priority.

2019 Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands (CSAN) and National Cyber Security Agenda produced by The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provide more information regarding cyber security threats and awareness in the Netherlands. Review OSAC’s reports, Road Safety Abroad, Driving Overseas: Best Practices, and Evasive Driving Techniques; and read the State Department’s webpage on driving and road safety abroad.

Transportation-Safety Situation

Road Safety and Road Conditions 

Travel in, around, and between cities is possible via a highly developed national public transportation system, an extensive network of bike paths, and a modern highway system. A valid driver’s license from the United States is valid for use in The Netherlands for up to 180 days after arrival. Visitors and new residents should become familiar with Dutch road signs, as these can vary significantly from those in the United States and other countries. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has produced an English-language version of Road Traffic Signs and Regulations in the Netherlands, which provides information on driving regulations and road signage.  

Driving in Amsterdam can be a challenge for visitors and new residents due to the vast number of cyclists and the extensive tram network that runs throughout the city. Additionally, the city center includes environmental zones that apply to older vehicle models and mopeds. Additionally, there are multiple pedestrian, and one-way streets along the canals.

The Netherlands has strict laws regarding drinking and driving, allowing only 220 micrograms per liter of exhaled breath or 0.5 grams of alcohol per liter of blood. If a driver has had a license for five years or less, the alcohol blood limit is 88 micrograms per liter of exhaled breath, or 0.2 grams per liter of blood. It is also illegal to ride a bicycle when over these limits. Fines for biking while drunk range up to €140. Police have the authority to confiscate a vehicle if the driver is driving at excessive speeds or while over the alcohol limit. 

Authorities enforce speed limits strictly via radar and through a nationwide network of traffic cameras/radar units. The maximum speed limit on highways is 130 km/hr, with a speed limit of 100 km/hr in most urban areas. Secondary roads and some urban-area highways have a speed limit of 80 km/hr. The speed limit in towns and cities is either 70 km/hr or 50 km/hr, with 30 km/hr zones in smaller residential areas. The government has reduced speed limits on certain roads near cities to reduce air pollution. Some electronic speed limit signs allow authorities to implement variable speed limits depending on traffic and weather conditions. Cyclists should wear helmets. Helmets are mandatory for those on motorcycles and scooters that can go 20/km per hour or more. This requirement also applies to high speed E-bikes. 

In 2020, violating traffic laws and rules will be more expensive due to the implementation of a 2.7% increase on fines. In practice, this means an increase of between 1€ and €10 for speeding fines. The most expensive speeding fine on the books is €431, for driving 39 km/h or more over the speed limit on the highway. In second place is €423 for driving 29 km/h or more over the speed limit in a 30km/h zone within built-up areas. 

Using a cellphone or other electronic device behind the wheel will cost you €240; as will running a red light. Not wearing a seatbelt carries a fine of €140. You can also receive a fine of up to €390 for multiple violations, such as causing unnecessary noise with your vehicle, passing a tram or bus on the side where passengers exit, and unnecessarily parking in disabled parking bays. The least expensive fine is €45 for driving without a clearly visible license plate.  

Exceeding the maximum speed by more 30 km falls under criminal law. Police use fixed and mobile radar systems and fully automated highway distance tracking controls. Police can use automated camera systems to check on driver cell phone use. The driver can receive a ticket simply for holding a cell phone while driving; this also applies to cyclists. In areas where road construction is taking place, the maximum speed limit is generally 70km/hr. Police randomly monitor vehicular speeds in these areas to reduce the threat of serious accidents involving road workers. Drivers should obey the electronic road signs with a red X often seen above certain lanes indicating that the lane is closed for all traffic. During rush hours the shoulder lane on highways is open for use when the green arrow sign is lighted.  

From April 2019, Amsterdam banned the use of scooters and mopeds on bike paths; other cities have not yet implemented these rules. The new traffic rules stipulate that all scooter users, including those riding slower vehicles with blue license plates, will have to wear a helmet and drive on the street. Scooter users violating the new rules will face a €95 fine, plus administration fees. Between April and August, there were 10 serious accidents involving scooter and moped riders, compared to 53 in the same period last year. The police also recorded fewer serious accidents involving cyclists.  

Pedestrians should not walk along bicycle paths, which are often adjacent to the sidewalk and usually designated by red pavement. Cyclists and pedestrians should be particularly cautious during the winter months, when paths, roads, and especially bridges can be icy and extremely slippery. Accidents involving cyclists and vehicles, or bicycles alone, are common and can result in serious injury.

Review OSAC’s reports, Road Safety Abroad, Driving Overseas: Best Practices, and Evasive Driving Techniques; and read the State Department’s webpage on driving and road safety abroad.

Public Transportation Conditions

Public transportation in The Netherlands is modern, safe, and convenient. Lanes in the center of many urban two-way streets are reserved for buses, trams, and taxis. Pedestrians should be mindful of trams. Serious – and sometimes fatal – accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists colliding with trams occur each year. Rail transportation is often a convenient alternative to driving, particularly in the areas around Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam. Rail network information is available online. Review OSAC’s report, Security In Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights.

 Terrorism Threat 

The U.S. Department of State has assessed The Hague and Amsterdam as being MEDIUM-threat locations for terrorism directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. International terrorism continues to be a considerable concern in The Netherlands. Terror attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom in 2018 resulted in increased vigilance throughout western and central Europe. Both al-Qa’ida and the ISIS have indicated intent to conduct attacks in European countries, including the Netherlands. Although the Dutch government is currently unaware of any attacks being prepared, it acknowledges that Islamist extremists continue to view the country as a target.

The Dutch government is vigilant for radical Islamist groups and their surrogates, who have demonstrated continued intent and aspiration to operate on Dutch soil. In August 2018, a terrorist attack resulted in two injured U.S. nationals at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, and in March 2019, an attack occurred on a tram in the city of Utrecht, killing 4 passengers and injuring 6 others. Terrorist threats posed by radicalized actors remains a real concern. 

The Dutch government updated its threat level in December 2019, assessing the current threat of international terrorism against the country to be 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, which means that the possibility of a terrorist attack is significant. Since the end of 2017, the threat to the Netherlands has changed. Violent extremist attacks are still occurring sporadically in the West, but the situation is different from the 2015-2017 period, when dozens of attacks occurred in Europe every year. For additional information regarding the Dutch government’s assessment, visit the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security - National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism website. 

The National Intelligence Service (AIVD) estimates around 125 Dutch-Syrian travelers currently remain in Syria; and there are 23 known women and their 56 children who have indicated that they want to return to the Netherlands.  

The Netherlands continues to respond to the global terrorist threat in the areas of border and transportation security, counterterrorist financing, countering violent extremism (CVE), and bilateral and multilateral counterterrorism cooperation. The Dutch national counterterrorism strategy combines preventive and suppressive measures. The government is working to establish a Passenger Information Unit that will require airline companies to provide passenger information for the purposes of combatting serious crime and terrorism. Significant law enforcement and judicial actions in 2019 related to counterterrorism include: 

Police: 

  • March: Arrest of male suspected of deadly shooting tram incident in Utrecht
  • April: Arrest of male from The Hague suspected of participating in the armed battle in Syria
  • April: Arrest of two males from Heerlen and Sittard suspected for involvement with terrorism
  • June: Arrest of male in Utrecht suspected of participating in a terrorist organization 
  • October: Arrest of male suspected of terrorism after expulsion from Sweden
  • November: Arrest of two females returning from ISIS battlefield in Syria
  • November: Arrest of subjects in Zoetermeer for planning an attack with vehicle bombs and bomb vests
  • December: Arrest of female with child upon return from Turkey, suspected of participating in a terrorist organization in Syria  

Court: 

  • February: Female sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for participating in a terrorist organization and for the possession of firearms
  • February: Two young males who returned from Syria prosecuted for participating in a terrorist organization
  • March: Female prosecuted for participating in a terrorist organization and plotting terrorist crimes
  • March: Prosecutor’s office appealed on behalf of a male suspect from Delft, accused of planning armed robberies to finance terrorism in Syria 
  • April: Appeal case by prosecutor’s office for male from Rotterdam for planning a terrorist attack in 2017
  • April: A young female prosecuted for following her husband to Syria 
  • July: Court convicted a male who returned from Syria for participating in a terrorist organization
  • July: Two males prosecuted for participating in a terrorist organization and one for committing war crimes in Syria
  • July: After returning from Syria, a male was convicted and sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment for becoming an ISIS member
  • August: Male suspected of kidnapping, mistreatment, and threatening a young minor female with taking her to Syria was subjected to questioning in court
  • September: Conviction of three suspects sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for planning a terrorist attack in The Netherlands
  • November: Court decides that the Dutch government does not have to repatriate 56 children of Dutch ISIS women back to The Netherlands. 

Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence 

Civil Unrest 

The U.S. Department of State has assessed The Hague and Amsterdam as being a LOW-threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Political events that take place around the globe often result in demonstrations and protests throughout the country, particularly in The Hague, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam. Protests intended to be peaceful can quickly become confrontational and violent. Avoid areas of demonstrations if possible, and exercise caution. Since The Hague is the center of Dutch parliament, the city handled about 1,500 of the estimated 3,000 demonstrations held in the country in 2019. In The Hague, the majority of the protests occurred in front of the Parliament building and at Malieveld, adjacent to Centraal Station. Typical demonstration gathering points include embassies, the Parliament building, the Foreign Ministry, and the Peace Palace. Protests in Amsterdam are common at Museumplein, near the U.S. Consulate General, and at Dam Square. These demonstrations receive full attention of the police, and the majority take place without violence or major disturbance of the public order.

The Hague frequently hosts official state visits and large-scale international events, most of which take place at a venue called the World Forum. Most of these events cause only minor disruptions related to traffic.  

Written notice for demonstrations is usually submitted to, and approved by, local authorities. The authorities can impose conditions or even ban an event if they believe it may result in serious public disorder, serious damage to property, or serious disruption to the life of the community. Review OSAC’s report, Surviving a Protest.

Violent confrontations between right- and left-wing extremists occur sporadically, prominently at rallies organized by the extreme right.

Religious/Ethnic Violence 

Though religious/ethnic undertones exist in some protests, these messages are usually the result of outside factors and not religious or ethnic tensions within the Netherlands. Religious institutions, including those of the Jewish and Islamic communities, have been the target of vandalism, graffiti, and isolated threats. 

In the Netherlands, there is occasional tension between local authorities and certain mosques over accusations of radicalization and funding –particularly from foreign states. Within the Turkish-Dutch community, there are threats and clashes between supporters of the Turkish government, opposition groups, and Kurdish causes.

Post-specific Concerns

Critical Infrastructure Concerns

The Dutch government continues to allocate funding to strengthen cybersecurity and prioritize cybersecurity investments, which will afford additional protection for critical infrastructure, government systems, and industry. In 2018, the government began hiring personnel to handle complex cases, improve information sharing, and build the national network for Computer Emergency Response Teams. Implementation of new mandatory security measures for providers of vital infrastructure (e.g. banks, energy providers, and water companies) also went into effect. The Dutch have developed innovative cyber-resiliency and cyber-threat-information-sharing systems regionally and within specific industry clusters. 

Economic Espionage/Intellectual Property Theft

The Dutch National Intelligence Service reports increasing offensive cyber programs operated by countries such as China, Iran, and Russia, which could influence processes in the Netherlands. For example, in 2018, Russian Military Intelligence Services tried unsuccessfully to access the OPCW network in The Hague. Reports indicate that both governmental organizations and private businesses should be aware of foreign interest in the fields of technology, energy, maritime and life science & health. Attempts are aimed at obtaining specific technical information and business models by using specialized computer software and systems, or by direct contact with key personnel in order to gather and/or manipulate information. Dutch legislation dictates the reporting and monitoring of cyber security incidents vital to Dutch society fall under the jurisdiction of the NCTV of the Ministry of Justice & Security.

Personal Identity Concerns

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in the Netherlands. Review the State Department’s webpage on security for LGBTI+ travelers.

Dutch law guarantees equality and the right to access for people with disabilities. Information about accessibility in the Netherlands for travelers with disabilities is available on the Netherlands main online portal for visitors. Review the State Department’s webpage on security for travelers with disabilities.

Drug-Related Crime

Despite common misperception, marijuana and hashish are controlled substances in the Netherlands, and although not enforced in defined tourist areas, possession is a crime that can result in a fine. “Coffee shops” are havens for petty criminals who prey on tourists and other individuals under the influence of drugs. Persons who visit “coffee shops” have become victims of pickpocketing, identity theft, sexual assault, and other crimes. Avoid using such substances, as they are often counterfeit and can cause illness or death. It is illegal to take any controlled substance, such as marijuana, into or out of the Netherlands.

Police Response

The emergency line in The Netherlands is 112. Operators answer in Dutch, but most speak English. The telephone number for non-emergencies or police assistance is 0900-8844. For local first responders, refer to the Embassy’s Emergency Assistance page.

Police response and capabilities are comparable to other Western European countries. The police are professional and have low tolerance for corruption. Smaller police stations close to the public during evening hours. The police strive to arrive on the scene of an emergency within 15 minutes for at least 90% of calls. Generally, police will not respond to traffic accidents unless there are injuries or a crime reported, such as a hit-and-run or driving under the influence.

As in all major cities in The Netherlands, the Haaglanden police force has limited personnel resources; only four police stations in the region remain open to the public on a 24/7 basis. These police stations are located on Jan Hendrikstraat (City Center), Zuiderparklaan (South of The Hague), and in nearby towns of Zoetermeer and Delft. For routine matters such as filing police reports, you must make an appointment.

Struggling with limited resources and numbers, the Amsterdam Police are temporarily disbanding specialized police teams so it can pay more attention to core police work. Only five police stations will remain open 24/7, with police no longer deploying to the so-called city center offensive - an offensive launched in 2016 as a measure to reduce anti-social behavior, increase high-visibility assurance patrols, improve community life, and increase cooperation between police, civil enforcement officers, and other municipal services. Amsterdam authorities are now considering various measures to strengthen capacity structurally within the police core teams, but state they expect the available capacity to remain under severe pressure in the coming years.  

Victims can file a police report at any police station in Dutch. In most cases, police request that victims file reports online. Download the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.

Medical Emergencies

Modern medical services and facilities are widely available. If the situation warrants, seek assistance from a hospital. Hospitals are staffed and equipped to deal with emergencies. The Netherlands Association of Hospitals has compiled a list of all Dutch hospitals.

The national poison hotline is +31 (0)30-274-8888.

For non-emergency medical assistance, consult a general practitioner (huisarts) before attempting to obtain non-emergency medical treatment from a specialist. Medical specialists will generally only see patients referred to them by a huisarts. If staying in a hotel, the reception desk will direct you to the doctor assigned to that hotel. If staying with friends/family, contact their huisarts. Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on the U.S. Embassy website.

The Hague area has its own after-hours medical service (SMASH) available for non-emergency medical situations. Make SMASH medical appointments by calling +31 (0)70-346-9669. Schiphol Airport has its own 24-hour medical services office, located on the upper floor near check-in counter 16 of Terminal 2; call +31 (0)20-649-2566. The huisarts phone number for Amsterdam is +31 (0)88-003-0600 and for Rotterdam is +31 (0)90-513-8039; both provide equivalent after-hour urgent care as SMASH. Pharmacies (apotheek) are widely available and can assist with emergency prescription needs. Some common medications are not available in the Netherlands without a prescription, and some prescription drugs are not legal to import into the country.

Prior to traveling, confirm with your medical insurance company whether their policy applies overseas, and whether it will cover emergency expenses. U.S. nationals who have purchased overseas medical insurance have found it to be essential when a medical emergency occurs. Emergency services (including transportation by ambulance) require fees; patients will receive bills for any services rendered. The U.S. Department of State strongly recommends purchasing international health insurance before traveling internationally. Review the State Departments webpage on insurance overseas.

The CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for the Netherlands. Review OSAC’s reports, The Healthy Way, Traveling with Medication, I’m Drinking What in My Water?, Shaken: The Don’ts of Alcohol Abroad, Health 101: How to Prepare for Travel, and Fire Safety Abroad.

OSAC Country Council Information

The Netherlands hosts the oldest continuously active OSAC chapter in the world. For more information, contact TheHagueOSAC@state.gov. To reach OSAC’s Europe team, email OSACEUR@state.gov.

U.S. Embassy Contact Information

The U.S. Embassy is located at John Adams Park 1, 2244 BZ Wassenaar, The Hague.

Regular business hours: 0815 – 1630, Monday – Friday

Tel: +31(0)20 575 5309 between 0800 and 1630; Outside of business hours: +31 (0)70-310 2209. These numbers are NOT for regular services or visa inquiries.

Website: https://nl.usembassy.gov/

Other U.S. Diplomatic Posts In The Netherlands

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ Amsterdam.  +31 020-575-5309. Emergencies: +31 070-310-2209

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