The Netherlands is a member of the Schengen Agreement.
- There are normally no border controls between the countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. This includes most countries of the European Union and a few other countries.
- Before boarding an international flight or ship, there is usually an identity check. Sometimes there are temporary checks at land borders.
- Similarly, a visa issued for a member of the Schengen area is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty.
Nationals of the above-mentioned countries may work in the Netherlands without a visa or other permit for the duration of their 90-day visa-free stay.
All travellers who are not EEA or Swiss nationals must register their residence with the Aliens Police (Vreemdelingenpolitie) within three working days of entering the EU. Hotels usually take care of the registration formalities for their guests.
Applications for visas and long-term residence permits are processed by the IND. As a rule, travellers to the Netherlands without a short-term visa can obtain a residence permit on entry, but ask the nearest embassy or consulate for information.
There are several ways to enter the Netherlands. From neighbouring European countries, it is possible to travel to the Netherlands by car or train; visitors from further afield will probably use the plane. Visitors from the UK can also arrive by boat.