Helpful Links: The Netherlands

General Information

Which time zone are The Netherlands in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to The Netherlands?

What is the manner of dress in The Netherlands?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?


University Life

Where can I find a list of Dutch universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

How can I make contact to find sponsors or partners for my research?

What is the average tuition?

What is the average salary of a professor?



What is the weather like in The Netherlands?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What about extreme weather?


Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in The Netherlands?

How can I obtain a Dutch driver’s license?

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

  • Yes.

How can I travel around within The Netherlands?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?


Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

  • 90 days or 1 year

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

  • Yes, they require visas

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

  • Schengen visas allow immigration free transit within Schengen countries. They may be single, double or multi entry in/out of the Schengen region

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

How can I become permanent resident?



Can I bring my pet with me to The Netherlands?

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in The Netherlands?

  • Check with your provider.

Do I need medical insurance?

Can I bring my prescription medicine into The Netherlands?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to The Netherlands?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

How do I find a doctor?



What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I change my money?

What is required to open a Dutch bank account?

Can I obtain a Dutch credit card?

Will my debit/credit card work in The Netherlands?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?



Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in The Netherlands?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for The Netherlands?

  • 31

How can I call home?

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?



How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate


Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

How can I contact other expatriates?

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • Dial 112

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate



Are my children eligible to attend public school in The Netherlands?


Language Resources

Where can I find Dutch classes and/or tutors?



Are there any online Dutch study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my Dutch?

Where can I find an English-Dutch bilingual dictionary?



Hard copy

What are some Dutch idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?