State Dept Travel Advisory - Level 2

Netherlands Level 2 Travel Advisory Affirmed

Netherlands travel advisory reissued by the US Department of State

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A Level 2 Travel Advisory was reissued for the Kingdom of the Netherlands by the US Department of State. 

This ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ Travel Advisory issued on July 19, 2019, is related to the possibility of attacks in the Netherlands.   

U.S. citizens should be aware that tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting, cultural events, educational institutions, airports are of concern to local authorities. 

Furthermore, U.S. government personnel and citizens were advised on July 12, 2019, to avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.   

Additionally, the Canadian government’s ‘Avoid non-essential travel’ advisory on July 20, 2019, remains valid. Canada and the Netherlands enjoy a dynamic partnership based on political, investment, trade, and historical ties. 

These alerts are unfortunate news since the Netherlands welcomed 17 million visitors in 2017. The cities of Amsterdam and Den Haag are two of the largest in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

Amsterdam is the official capital city of the Netherlands, but Den Haag (The Hague) is the official seat of the Dutch government and home to the Netherlands' monarch, parliament, and supreme court, says Tripsavvy.

If you decide to visit the Netherlands, the US Department of State suggests the following preventive actions:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and large crowded public venues.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to any ongoing police action.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt, nor display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, such as this Traveler’s Checklist.
  • U.S. citizens needing assistance can contact the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, which is located at Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ Amsterdam. The telephone is +(31) (0) 70 310 2209.

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Regarding health's risks to Netherland visitors, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested on July 18, 2019, that visitors are current with certain vaccines, such as Routine Vaccines and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

Additionally, the Netherlands is included in the CDC’s Global Measles Outbreak Notice, issued on June 10, 2019. 

Pre-departure vaccination services, related travel medications, and counseling appointments can be scheduled with a local pharmacy by visiting Vax-Before-Travel.

As of July 1, 2019, the CDC updated its private sector vaccine prices for general information. And, the CDC’s Vaccines For Children program offers vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.   

Additional financial support programs can be found at Vaccine Discounts.       

Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. You are encouraged to report vaccine side effects to the CDC.