Netherlands

Bordered by Belgium and Germany, the Netherlands (often called Holland) is known for its cultural heritage, its windmills bordering flat tulip fields and its capital Amsterdam. With 42,000km² it is a small country, but its 12 provinces are nonetheless very rich for touristic activities. The Netherlands are very safe overall, but the main cities have their fair amount of pickpockets, occasional violence and theft. Some parts of Amsterdam are best avoided, and drunk or high tourists are often easy targets for thieves.

SAFETY INDEX

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SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Netherlands and Amsterdam and be aware of all potential dangers.

Are the Netherlands (Holland) a Safe or Dangerous Country?

The Netherlands are very safe country. Crimes rates are very low compared to southern European countries, and law is strictly enforced. It is ranked 16th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. Pickpockets may sometimes be an issue in urban areas cities or at crowded events (see below on Amsterdam). There is a national toll-free number for emergencies, the 112. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, if the prostitute gives her consents (therefore pimping is illegal). The detention of small amounts (under 5grams) of cannabis (weed) are tolerated throughout the country, and coffeeshops sell some cannabis to customers over 18 year old. Hard drugs are still strictly enforced. Recent terrorist attacks have happened in neighboring countries (France and  Belgium);and while tourists should raise their level of caution, the police presence has been greatly increased in large cities to deter further attacks. While very few tourists have been victims of these attacks, the terrorist threat is reflected in the safety ranking. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

The Netherlands are very safe country. They are ranked 16th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in the Netherlands. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

The Netherlands are an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in the Netherlands.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in the Netherlands.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

The Netherlands have not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The Netherlands are generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the the Netherlands is the Euro. Amsterdam and other cities are quite expensive. Allow a budget of between 100€ and 150€ per day.
The weather in the Netherland is mild, with winters milder than in continental Europe but cooler summers. The best time to visit is around summer (June-August) although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are the ones in Amsterdam and Rotterdam – the Hague If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.