NETHERLANDS

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Country Description: The Netherlands is a highly developed, stable democracy.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information concerning entry requirements for the Netherlands, travelers can contact the Embassy of the Netherlands at 4200 Linnean Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, tel (202) 244-5300, or the nearest Dutch consulate in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are widely available. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers' hotline, tel: (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: The Netherlands has a low, but rising, violent crime rate, little or none of which is directed at tourists. Nevertheless, visitors to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and other areas may become targets of pickpockets, bag snatchers, and other petty thieves. Thieves in Amsterdam are very active in and around the central train station, the red light district, in restaurants, on public transportation, and in other tourist areas of the city. Thefts of bicycles and of personal belongings from automobiles, especially car stereos, are very common throughout the Netherlands.

The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. The Netherlands enforces strict penalties for drug possession and trafficking.

Registration and Embassy and Consulate Locations: U.S. citizens who intend to remain in the Netherlands for extended periods may register at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam, where updated information on travel and security in the Netherlands may be obtained.

The U.S. Embassy is located in The Hague, at Lange Voorhout 102; telephone (31-70) 310-9209. All requests for consular assistance should be directed to the Consulate General in Amsterdam at Museumplein 19, telephone (31-20) 664-5661, (31-20)679-0321 or (31-20) 575-5309. The after-hours emergency telephone number is (31-70) 310-9499.

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