Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 10 September 2018, 09:25 NZST
  • Still current at: 11 December 2019

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in the Netherlands due to the threat of terrorism.

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Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign terrorist fighters returning to the Netherlands and other countries in Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

On 18 March 2019, three people were killed and three seriously wounded in a shooting incident on a tram in Utrecht.

On 31 August 2018, two foreign tourists were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam Central Station. The perpetrator had terrorist motives.

The Dutch National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) maintains a national terrorism threat level for the Netherlands.  Since 2013 the Dutch authorities have assessed the threat level as “substantial”, the second highest state of alert (Level 4 out of 5).

New Zealanders in the Netherlands are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the Dutch authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places, particularly at large public gatherings, government buildings, tourist sites and transport hubs (such as airports and railway stations).

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur from time to time in the Netherlands but they generally remain peaceful. All New Zealanders are advised to avoid demonstrations and protests as as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

Whilst the crime rate in the Netherlands is low, petty crime (such as pickpocketing and bag snatching) occurs in larger cities, in particular Amsterdam. Be particularly alert of your surroundings and aware of your belongings around train, tram and metro stations.

General travel advice

New Zealanders travelling or living in the Netherlands should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in the Netherlands are encouraged to register their details here with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands

Street Address Eisenhowerlaan 77N, 2517 KK The Hague The Netherlands Telephone +31 70 346 9324 Fax +31 70 363 2983 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs, 1330 - 1700 hrs Note

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New Zealand Embassy The Netherlands

Street Address
Eisenhowerlaan 77N, 2517 KK The Hague The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 70 346 9324

Fax: +31 70 363 2983



Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230 hrs, 1330 - 1700 hrs

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