Health & insurance
It is unlikely that you will encounter unusual health problems in the Netherlands, and if you do, standards of care are world-class. It is still important to have health insurance for your trip.
A few travelling tips:
- Bring medications in their original, clearly labelled containers.
- Bring a list of your prescriptions (copies of the containers are good) including generic names, so you can get replacements if your bags get lost – carry this info separately.
- If you have health problems that may need treatment, bring a signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications.
- If carrying syringes or needles, have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity.
- If you need vision correction, carry a spare pair of contact lenses or glasses, and/or take your optical prescription with you.
Before You Go
If you're an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), usually available from health centres, covers you for most medical care. It will not cover you for non-emergencies or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and the Netherlands. If you do need health insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
No jabs are necessary for the Netherlands. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination.
In The Netherlands
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Good health care is readily available. For minor self-limiting illnesses an apotheek (pharmacy) can give valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication. It can also advise when more specialised help is required and point you in the right direction. The standard of dental care is usually good; however, it is sensible to have a dental check-up before a long trip.
Tap water country-wide is drinkable.