Netherlands: Travel Health Information

The Netherlands is known for its architecture, natural landscapes, and world famous tulips. Amsterdam’s canal district - a recognized UNESCO heritage site - is a popular attraction for many travellers.


The standards for patient care and medical services in the Netherlands may differ from your home country. The Netherlands has a mixed public and private healthcare system that provides a high standard of care. Many doctors speak English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in the Netherlands require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in the Netherlands.

Pharmacies are widely available. In some rural areas without a pharmacy, prescription medication can be purchased from a doctor directly. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.

If you are travelling with medication, check with the Netherlands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review the Netherlands’ regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in the Netherlands are generally well maintained. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are not mandatory for cyclists, but should be worn for safety.

Travelling to the Netherlands?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for the Netherlands. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in the Netherlands.

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Netherlands At A Glance

Capital: Amsterdam

Population: 17.08 million

Official languages: Dutch, English, Papiamento, Frisian, Yiddish

Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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