When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to the Netherlands to help you prepare for your trip.

CULTURE

The Netherlands is a great place to visit and you will find the locals very family orientated and welcoming to visitors. Cycling is a big part of the lifestyle with cycle paths and bike hire easily available, including in the city of Amsterdam, making it a great place for campers and caravanners looking to enjoy the outdoors lifestyle.

The official language of The Netherlands is Dutch. Some of the most common Dutch greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:

• Dag/Hallo - Hello
• Dag – Goodbye
• Ja - Yes
• Nee - No
• Alstublieft - Please
• Dank u – Thank you
• Spreekt u/Spreek je Engels? - Do you speak English?
• Open / Gesloten – Open / Closed
• Heren , Mannen / Dames, Vrouwen – Gents / Ladies
• Camping / Campsite

Most Dutch people you are likely to meet will speak English very well, however attempting to greet them in their own language will be appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.

CURRENCY

The currency of the Netherlands is the Euro.

Banking Hours
Monday to Friday: 0900 – 1600 or 1700
- Some banks are open on Saturdays

Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations. Visa credit cards are not so widely accepted

There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.

Travellers' cheques can generally be exchanged at major banks.