Passports & Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for Italy. All other passport holders must check with the Netherlands Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
The currency is the Euro and ATM’s are widely distributed.
The Netherlands’s standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC with a frequency of 50 hertz. For other equipment, a transformer or adaptor is required unless the appliance has a multi-voltage option.
Wireless and wired Internet access is widely available throughout The Netherlands. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. There are also Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.
The country code is +31 (dialing in) and international access 00 (dialing out).
Delft Blue pottery, national costume dolls, silverware from Schoonhoven, crystal from Leerdam and diamonds from Amsterdam. Edam and Gouda cheeses and traditional wooded clogs are also popular souvenirs.
Change and small notes should be left as tips.
The Netherlands is easily traversed on foot, but a renting a bicycle is an exciting and scenic way to see the cities and countryside.
Pack jeans, cotton shirts, etc. Make sure to pack for layering so that you are warm at night and in the winter.