Driving regulations in the Netherlands are different from those in the UK. Always remember that the normal rule is to give way to the right each time you reach an uncontrolled intersection.
Using mobile phones when driving is forbidden. However, use of a completely hands-free unit is acceptable
Speeding can result in heavy, on the spot fines, and your vehicle and licence could be confiscated. The maximum speed on motorways is 130kph (80mph).
Many drivers underestimate distances and journey times in the Netherlands. Plan your journey carefully, taking into account unknown roads, weather conditions and fatigue. Make sure you take regular breaks.
To drive in the Netherlands you must be 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. The acceptance of the older style ‘all green’ driving licence cannot be guaranteed. If you don’t own the vehicle you’re driving, for instance if you have a leased vehicle, you should get written permission from the registered owner.
Although you are not required to carry compulsory items in your vehicle such as a warning triangle and reflective jackets, the regulations on what must be carried do change from time to time, so it is advisable to check the most up to date information before you travel. For compulsory and recommended equipment and rules of the road including blood alcohol limit, visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips
It is recommended to keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic and secure your vehicle when it is left unattended. In-car radar detectors and satellite navigation systems warning of the presence of speed cameras or radars are illegal whether in use or not.
Roads and highways are free of charge in the Netherlands. For up to date information on tunnel and bridge tolls click here.
Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are proliferating throughout Europe. While the number and variety of schemes may seem baffling, in fact many apply only to city centres and so will not affect the majority of campers. If you do wish to visit cities while camping, either choose a city centre site and use the link below to check for any access regulations, or camp outside the city’s LEZ and use public transport to access the centre. Please click here for more information.
Please visit our Travel Planning pages for information on road tolls, weight limits, emissions and more.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may make specific travel related recommendations for visitors to the Netherlands. For the most up to date information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands
The Department of Health does not make any specific health recommendations for visitors to the Netherlands; however you may like to check with your doctor before departure.
You should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as nationals of the country you are visiting. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. The EHIC won’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment, so you should make sure you have adequate travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.
If you require medication while in the Netherlands, remember to bring a prescription with you.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 for an English speaking emergency service and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.
As with anywhere in the world, it is good practise to be vigilant about your property, both in terms of your camping unit and personal belongings, take sensible precautions to protect yourself from petty crime. Don’t leave your handbag or luggage unattended. Leave copies of important documents with family and friends in the UK. Carry a photocopy of your passport for ID.