NETHERLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

The Netherlands looks like a small strip of land at the edge of a pretty small continent, Europe. A rushed driver can easily cross the country in just 4 hours - but they would miss out horribly. Artistic masterpieces, centuries-old windmills, tulip fields and candlelit cafés coexist with visionary architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.

 

Look beyond the clogs and the cheese, the tulip fields and gabled houses, and you will find the Netherlands of great economic strength that belies its size. The Netherlands is truly the home of extraordinary variety with a wealth of art in its museums. This low-lying nation offers a blend of idyllic country beauty on the one hand and the pacy atmosphere and amenities of the 21st century on the other.

 

The modern Dutch landscape will take you on a dizzying journey through the metropolitan excitement of Amsterdam along the canal-lined streets of Delft to the busy ultra-modern port of Rotterdam and into the windmill-dotted countryside.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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The Netherlands has restricted the entry of travelers arriving flights from outside of the EU, who are not nationals, residence permit holders, or long-stay visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, or their families. Exemptions exist for some special cases, for example, travelers attending funerals or studying in an institution in the Netherlands. A complete list of exemptions can be found here. EU and UK nationals may enter the Netherlands from outside of those countries, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.The EU non-essential travel ban has also been lifted for residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (contingent on China allowing entry to EU citizens). Thia list is subject to review and is available here.Travelers entering the Netherlands must complete a health screening form. The Dutch Government has a colour-coded system of high-risk (orange) and lower risk (yellow) countries and regions. Travelers entering from high-risk (orange) regions or countries are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Tourists must comply with all the measures and rules that apply to combat the spread of coronavirus. Tourists must also reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands. For the latest information, visit the FAQ on holiday travel to the Netherlands: here.On July 16, the Dutch government announced an additional exemption for foreigners engaged in long-distance relationships with Dutch citizens/residents. For more information visit here.Non-EU nationals who are not currently resident in or physically present in the EU are still subject to travel restrictions, and will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands for tourism.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Currency: Euro (€) (mainland)
  • Area: 41,543 km²
  • Population: 17,28 million (2019)
  • Language: Dutch (official & main) ; Frisian ; English (official in Amsterdam )
  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 27 April, King’s Day*
  • 5 May, Liberation Day**
  • 5 December, Saint Nicholas Day

*If April 27 falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on Saturday, April 26.

**Liberation Day is a national holiday every 5 years.

Also, Good Friday through Easter Monday, Ascension Day, and Whit Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Temperate; Marine; Cool Summers And Mild Winters

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in The Netherlands can start as early as November and lasts until the end of March. The busiest period is from mid December through to February, with the lesser crowded times in the November and March.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in The Netherlands is from May to September. April and October are also feasible, but the temperatures can be rather low and the days are also shorter.

BEACH:

The Netherlands has a few beaches along its coastline, but even the short summer months of July and August don't get very warm to enjoy these.

WIND:

The best wind in The Netherlands can be found during September and October although wind is fairly constant from March through till November. Some of the best kitesurfing spots are Zandvoort aan Zee, Medemblik and Strand Horst.

SURFING:

The best spot for surfing in The Netherlands is Scheveningen, with some other good spots at Petten, Camperduin and Hargen, Bergen Aan Zee, Wijk Aan Zee, Blokken, Slufter, Schouwen Duiveland, and Vlissingen.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world.[1] Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1811. After the country began granting same-sex couples domestic partnerships benefits in 1998, same-sex marriage in the Netherlands became legal on 1 April 2001, making the Netherlands the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

 

The Netherlands has become one of the most culturally liberal countries in the world, with recent polls indicating that more than 90% of Dutch people support same-sex marriage. Amsterdam has frequently been named one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world and hosts the annual Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade.

 

HEALTH

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