The Netherlands in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

Entering the Netherlands could not be more straightforward, providing your papers are in order.

Customs Regulations

For visitors from EU countries, limits only apply for excessive amounts. See for details.

Residents of non-EU countries are limited to goods worth a maximum value of €430, including:

  • Alcohol 1L spirits, or 2L wine or 16L beer
  • Tobacco 200 cigarettes, or 250g of tobacco (shag or pipe tobacco), or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars


In principle, all passengers with passports are allowed entry to the Netherlands.


Generally not required for stays of up to three months. Some nationalities require a Schengen visa.

Further Information

Tourists from nearly 60 countries – including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the USA and most of Europe – need only a valid passport to visit the Netherlands for up to three months. EU nationals can enter for up to four months with a passport or national identity card.

Nationals of most other countries need a Schengen visa, valid within the EU member states (except the UK and Ireland), plus Norway and Iceland, for 90 days within a six-month period.

Schengen visas are issued by Dutch embassies or consulates overseas and can take a while to process (up to two months). You’ll need a passport valid until at least three months after your visit, and will have to prove you have sufficient funds for your stay and return journey.

  • Government of the Netherlands ( Lists consulates and embassies around the world.
  • Immigration & Naturalisation Service ( Handles visas and extensions. Study visas must be applied for through your college or university in the Netherlands.