Travelling outside the Netherlands

Are you a Dutch citizen and are you travelling abroad? Find out what you need to arrange if you are travelling outside the Netherlands by using the Checklist - travelling abroad (information in Dutch).

Passport control

Are you travelling to a non-Schengen country? You will need to show your identity document, such as your passport or national identity card.

You must:

  • have your identity document ready - remove it from a holder or wallet if you use one
  • remove your face covering or sunglasses, if you are wearing them
  • move through passport control together if you are in a family

If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

You can use the EU, EEA & CH channel to get your passport or identity card checked - this is usually faster than the other channels.

If you are from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

Your passport will be checked at border control. 

Self-service passport control (eGates)

eGates use facial recognition technology to check your identity against the photo in your passport. You can use the eGates if you are 16 years or older and have an e-passport from an eligible country. For more information, see Self-service passport control.

Travelling with a passport or ID card

If you are a Dutch national you can travel to most countries in Europe, and to Turkey and Georgia, on a valid Dutch ID card. You do not need a passport. If you are travelling outside Europe, you must have a valid Dutch passport. Turkey and Georgia are exceptions – you can travel to these 2 countries on a valid Dutch ID card. Some countries require your passport or ID card to be valid for a certain number of months when you enter or leave the country. For more information, see Travelling with a passport or ID card.

Travelling with children

You must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for a child or from a court before taking the child abroad. For more information, see Travelling with children.

Emergency passport

You need a valid travel document to travel to or from the Netherlands. If you do not have this, you can apply for an emergency passport in very exceptional cases and under strict conditions. For more information, see Emergency passport.


Whether or not you need a visa depends mainly on your nationality, destination and length of stay. For more information, see Visa.