Travelers to Holland must have a passport that is valid for three months beyond the period of their intended stay here. For most nationalities no visa is required as long as the person does not stay for more than 3 months.
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Amsterdam Schiphol airport is by far the biggest international airport in the country. There are four other smaller international airports, used mainly by budget, short-haul airlines for flights within Europe.
With over 250 intercontinental and European connections, Schiphol is a main hub airport, and after London, Paris, and Frankfurt is the largest airport in Europe.
• There are excellent rail connections from Schiphol to most cities in Holland. Taxis are plentiful, but more expensive - registered taxis have blue number-plates, others should be avoided.
The most important ferry connections in the Netherlands are with Great Britain. There are three ferry services:
- DFDS Seaways
: Newcastle to IJmuiden - one sailing each night - travel time 16 hours.
- Stena Line
: Harwich to Hook of Holland - two sailings daily - travel time 3.40 minutes (day), 6.15 minutes (night).
- P&O Ferries
: Hull to Rotterdam Europoort - one sailing nightly - travel time 12 hours.
• Ferries also sail frequently from Ramsgate and Dover in England to Belgium (Zeebrugge and Ostend) and France (Calais and Dunkirk).
Eurolines is the main operator for (long distance) international bus travel to the Netherlands. There are bus services from the larger towns in Holland going to many European countries. Some of these services do not operate on a daily basis.
The Netherlands can be reached from Belgium and Germany via a superb network of motorways and roads. Cars can be stopped at the border for random custom checks, but this happens very rarely. An International Driving Permit is not required for a stay up to 180 days, as long as you have a driving license from your country of origin.