Do you know who to ring in an emergency? What about Visa’s? How much do I tip? Get the lowdown before you book
Currency: € (Euro)
Time Zone: GMT+1
Emergency Number: 112
Most visitors of European nationality will not be required to get a visa to enter The Netherlands due to the Freedom of Movement. Some other countries such as the US, Canada, Brasil & Argentina will have visa-free entry for 90 days. To check whether you need a visa to enter The Netherlands, please check here.
Hospitals within Amsterdam
Call 088 003 0600 for Out of Hours service – huisartsenpost
Click here to find Hospitals within Amsterdam
In an emergency, contact the police, ambulance, or fire department on 112. This number is free to call – only use it in a genuine emergency.
- Only use taxis or registered black cabs.
- Try to avoid walking alone at night. Keep to well-lit main roads.
- Beware of wearing headphones – they reduce awareness of your surroundings.
- In the Netherlands, cars drive on the right. To ensure you cross roads safely, only use designated crossings, only cross when the green light is showing.
Staying safe in bars and restaurants
- Make sure you keep your property out of sight and safely under the table.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
- Check up on your friends by phone or text to make sure they got home safely and vice-versa.
Keep your belongings safe
- Don’t leave your bag unattended anywhere in Amsterdam – this can lead to a security alert.
- Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and don’t carry too much cash.
- When using a cashpoint, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with. Cover the keypad so no one else can see your PIN number.
- Keep your mobile phone, MP3 player, camera, and other gadgets out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use.
- Record details of your electronic serial numbers (ESNs).
- Inform your service provider and police if your phone or other valuables are stolen or lost. Dial 0900-8844 for the police
Tipping is expected in restaurants for exceptional service (around 5-10% of the bill). There are some situations where it is customary, for example in restaurants (over a certain amount of people) and polite such as in taxis. Ultimately tips (or gratuities) are discretionary and depend on the quality of the service you receive.