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Netherlands Travel Guide

Netherlands — Visas and Vaccinations

There are no recommended shots required for travel to the Netherlands though the World Health Organization suggests that all travelers should be covered for tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and polio. Visitors from other Schengen countries can enter with just a national ID card for an indefinite stay, while EU visitors need a passport. US and Canadian nationals can also enter visa-free for up to 90 days. Citizens of countries that are not on the waiver list must apply for a visa before travel, with details available via the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Health and Safety

The Netherlands is generally a very safe country with a significantly low crime rate, but as with any major tourist destination there are cons to look out for. Don’t leave items of value in a parked car, and in the case of theft report the matter immediately to the police, making sure to get a detailed incident report. There is one common scam which takes place on trains in the Netherlands. A stranger may step in to help put your luggage in one of the lockers and then hand you the key, but when you return to pick it up,  you find that the key is for another locker and your bags are gone. As a general rule, always be cautious of any strangers who are overlyfriendly or keen to help you.

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