TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR THE NETHERLANDS
There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. The Netherlands shares a common level of threat with neighbouring European countries.
The Dutch Government introduced compulsory identification in January 2005. Everybody over the age of 14 is required to show a valid identification document to police officers and other law enforcement authorities upon their request.
Most visits to the Netherlands are trouble-free. The main types of incident for which Malaysian required consular assistance were for replacing lost or stolen passports; dealing with hospitalisations; and dealing with arrests, for a variety of reasons. You should also be alert to the dangers of street crime in the cities. If you need to contact the emergency services in Netherlands call 112. Cost of medical treatments are very expensive in the Netherlands, therefore we strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.
Amsterdam is a busy city and you should exercise caution particularly in central Amsterdam (especially in and around Central Station). Visitors should avoid being at the Central Station too long. As in many large cities, pick-pocketing and bag snatching are commonplace. Thieves often operate in gangs on the trains to and from Schiphol airport and Central Station as well as on the trams. They are also active at the restaurants, lobby of the hotels and gift shops. Be alert at all times. Do not loose sight of your luggage or your belongings. You should avoid carrying valuables and large sums of money with you, but it is important to carry copies of your identification documents. Violent crime rarely occurs. However, tourist are frequently victims of robbery. We do have received reports about passports and other valuable documents are often stolen from youth hostels in Amsterdam.
Do not leave your food or drinks unattended, nor accepting food or drinks invitation from strangers. There have been incidents of food and beverages being spiked.
If you are the victim of a theft you should contact the nearest police station and obtain a police report. If your passport is stolen, please obtain a police report and come to the Embassy immediately. You will need a police report as part of the process for replacing your passport. Please call the Embassy for urgent matters, at 070-3506506 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com