Indeed it’s one of the smallest countries in all of Europe, but this attractive little piece of the earth is amazingly compressed with so many beauties to see, so much fun activities to do, so many picturesque places to visit, and so much to keep every tourist pleasantly busy. The Kingdom of Netherlands has an amazing coastline that stretches along several beautiful golden beaches. With Amsterdam as its capital, the Netherlands is home is to some excellent tourists like the Van Gogh Museum, Keukenhof, Royal Burgers’ zoo, EYE Film Institute, National Monument, Efteling, Euromast, Safaripark Beekse Bergen, etc.
Planning a holiday trip to the Netherlands is just one great way to enjoy your vacation, and there'll be absolutely nothing to regret about it.
Main Things You Need To Know
Best Things To Do In Netherlands
Main Things You Need To Know About Netherlands
In the Netherlands, the Euro is used as the country's official medium of exchange, and it's accepted throughout the country. One Euro is equivalent to 1.21 US dollar, but as with other currencies the value of the Euro may change and experience a rise or drop as compared with the US dollar, but it will remain within a close range.
The Dutch language dates back to the 16th century, and it's recognised as the official language in the Netherlands. It is spoken by over 91% of its population. The country also recognises some regional languages as part of their native and official languages. Regional languages used within certain areas include West Frisian, Papiamento, Limburgish, among others. English, German, and French are among the major foreign languages spoken by a vast population in the country.
Netherlands’ tourist visa is called a Schengen visa. The procedures for obtaining a tourist visa in the Netherlands are quite straightforward provided your documents are right. But whether a tourist will need a visa to enter depends on both how long such tourist intends to stay and the country of the tourist. The requirements for this visa for nationals of countries that require one to enter the Netherlands include:
1. A duly completed and signed application form submitted to the Dutch embassy.
2. A valid passport that has a minimum validity of 3 months after the end of your visit.
3. A recent passport-sized photograph
4. Prove of accommodation provision
5. Prove to show that tourist has sufficient funds to cover all expenses that may be incurred during stay.
6. Prove that your entry into the country will not pose a threat to the country.
The application fees for the Schengen visa is €60 for tourists below the age of six and above the age of twelve, and €35 others between the age of six and twelve. Please note that though a change is less likely, this fee can be changed with time, so please confirm the charge when filing for a visa.
Alternatively, you can always get the most recent update on all tourist visa information from the Netherlands website anytime.
PLANE, BUS, CAR
Entering the Netherlands gives a good number of options for all travellers and tourists. It gets even better and easier for nationals of certain countries that have endorsed and implemented the Schengen Agreement that removes border controls between such member states.
Whether by air, land, or sea, there is always an adventurous route in, but travelling by air seems to be the most convenient, plus it’s considered by most travellers as the best. Schiphol Airport seems to be the favourite landing spot for most tourists as it's located close to the country's capital, in addition to its recognition as the fourth largest airport in all of Europe and of course the largest in the Netherlands. This airport welcomes travellers from most countries in the world and lands them on just a perfect spot to begin their tour round this beautiful country. Of course, the Schiphol Airport is not the only international airport in the country. The Netherlands has some other international airports like the Groningen-Eelde Airport, the Rotterdam Airport, and the Eindhoven Airport among others. There are other famous domestic airports to take one around the country.
Land travel is also possible with buses or cars. The country has a few number of bus services that run international movement, welcoming tourists from Paris, Milan, Bremen, Bosnia, and even Poland and a few other places. Cars run through a network of very good roads connecting Germany and Belgium with the Netherlands. Although it’s not uncommon for proper checks to be conducted at the borders road travel remains the cheapest means of entering the Netherlands.
Or you can choose to do it by train. There are high-speed trains that are comfortable, fast, and reliable, and may be considered as the best means for the middle-class traveller with bulky goods. The train network is even more convenient than making it into the country by air for tourists from neighbouring.
Peak Travel Periods
The Kingdom of Netherlands Schengen visa is valid for an initial period of 3 months, but its validity can be extended for tourists who wish to spend a longer period in the country. For such extended stays, the tourist must obtain an MVV which is an authorization for a temporary stay. However, citizens of EU member states and a few other countries do not require an MVV stayed longer than three months. Other countries non-EU member states include Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.
The Netherlands experiences its peak travel periods when the weather is at its finest in July and August.