It is unlikely that you will encounter unusual health problems in Rotterdam, and if you do, standards of care are world-class. It is still important to have health insurance for your trip.
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Before You Go
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.
If you're an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available from health centres or, for now at least, at post offices in the UK, covers you for most medical care. It will not cover you for nonemergencies 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.
- 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 go on holiday – 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.
Rotterdam's tap water is safe to drink.
The quality of medical care in Rotterdam is world-class. English is almost always spoken fluently by medical personnel.