Our frequently asked questions about travel to the Netherlands. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.
Do I need to get a visa?
A valid passport for 6 months beyond your return date is required to enter the Netherlands and at least one page for stamps. We recommend you check whether you require a visa for the countries you are visiting AND flying through (in-transit).
US, Canadian, Hong Kongese, Singaporean Australian and New Zealand are among those who may enter the Netherlands as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. EU passport holders can come and go as they please. Those travelling with passports from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia will require a visa and should contact their closest Dutch Embassy or Consulate.
A useful website for checking whether you require a visa is visahq.com however we strongly advise you consult the details with the relevant embassies which will be able to give you the exact detail, and that you do this at least 2 months prior to your trip.
Will I need travel insurance?
All travellers should check to be certain they are covered by their own medical insurance including a travel policy. We highly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance and medical evacuation. This will cover you if you must cancel for medical or family emergency reasons, and provides additional coverage should you need medical attention while on the trip.
Clients have previously booked through Allianz, CSA Travel Insurance or Travel Guard, however we do not recommend a specific insurance broker and we do not sell travel insurance.
Remember to first check with your credit card provider who often offer travel insurance as part of their package.
What currency should I bring?
The official currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€). If you haven’t exchanged money back home or you aren’t pulling funds out of an ATM machine in the Netherlands, exchanging money is more streamlined at the big banks in city centers and the exchange rates also tend to be better. Private exchange bureaus are located in the city centers, and most stay open until midnight or later. This service is also available in most deluxe hotels.
The use of major credit cards is widespread among Dutch shops. You may be asked to show an ID with picture in order to pay with a credit card. ATMs are located in all cities and most small towns, usually in or outside banks. We strongly recommend you also have cash with you, in order to purchase small drinks and bites to eat in local places where credit card payments aren’t possible.
Please ensure you let your bank know that you will be travelling to avoid any block on your card while you are abroad.
What electrical plugs are used?
Electricity supply in the Netherlands is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs.
What is transport like in the Netherlands?
If you need to cover any distance in the larger cities, you can take a tram. You can buy day passes or the flexible stippenkaart (strip ticket) which is better value. Alternatively you can hop on and off the canal bus boats in Amsterdam. Local people mostly travel by bicycle (in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike) and bicycles can usually be rented in hotels.
What is the weather like in the Netherlands?
The climate in the Netherlands is considered temperate, which means that there are distinct summer and winter seasons. The Netherlands is fine all year round, although there is always the possibility of rain. The warmest months of the year through most of the country are July and August, but even during this time the temperatures are rather mild. The city is at its most beautiful in the spring when the weather is warm and clear, the tulips are in full bloom and the tourists are yet to arrive. Spring months can have cooler daytime temperatures and may require long trousers and a jumper to stay comfortable.
We highly recommend that you make restaurant reservations in advance of your trip. Once you receive your Jacada travel pack, you should begin thinking about restaurants that you would like to visit. Jacada offers a concierge service which can assist you with these reservations. If you are looking to reserve Michelin star restaurants, we advise you do this as soon as possible as some may even take reservations more than one year in advance.
Gratuities are not included in your trip. We advise the following although tipping is at your discretion and depends on the level of service you have received.
- Taxis: Round up to the next figure
- Restaurants: 10% of the total bill
- Luggage: €2 per piece
- Private transfers: €10 to the driver total
- Private car & driver: €20 to the driver half day / €30 full day total
- Guided tour: €25 to the guide half day / €40 full day total
- Full time driver: €50 per day to the driver total
- Hands on experience: €20 total