All passengers, including children, are required to carry a valid travel document, i.e. a passport or an identity card. In addition you must be able to present a booking confirmation. You must also be in possession of valid documents that are required to allow entry into your destination country. It is your own responsibility to be able to present these documents during your journey.
Baggage safety regulations
If you intend to fly, you must comply with strict security checks. These security checks primarily relate to what you, as a passenger, are allowed to take with you onto the aircraft. A check is made on the carriage of hazardous substances and items that could pose a danger to the passengers, crew and/or the safety of the aircraft. The security checks take place in the form of a manual check and/or using detection equipment on both your hand baggage and your hold baggage.
- If you have any doubts whether or not you are allowed to carry specific goods, please contact 0900 9505 (€1.30 per call) for all your queries. When calling from abroad, please dial +35 227 000 767.
- If you have doubts whether or not specific (chemical/inflammable) substances may be carried, please contact the Inspectorate for Human Environment and Transport by phone at +31 (0)88 489 0000 during office hours.
- List of prohibited luggage items comprises goods that you, as a passenger, are not allowed to carry on your person, that are also not permitted in your hand baggage and sometimes not permitted in your baggage at all. Please click here for the list of prohibited luggage.
- Click here for more information about mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
For more information about EU regulations for carrying liquids and gels in hand baggage, as well as dietary food, medication, baby food and items bought at duty-free & tax-free shops, we refer to government.
Passport and/or ticket check
- When travelling between Schengen countries, only your ticket is checked. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is not present to check your passport.
- When travelling to a non-Schengen country, both your passport and ticket will be checked at the desk of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
Each passenger is required by law to carry a valid passport or a European identity card at all times. Click here for further information.
Traveling with childeren
Are you planning to travel abroad with a child (up to 18 years old), please take into account that there may be extra identity checks at the border. During such a check, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) will ask for a passport or another proof of identity. Because passports or other identity documents do not prove that one has custody of a child, further questions may be put to the parent(s) or guardian(s) and the child. The most important question that the RNLM will ask is whether permission has been given for the child to travel by the parent(s) with child custody remaining at home. In order to demonstrate that permission to travel has been given, the RNLM advises you to fill out theform Permission to Travel.
Before entering the departures lounge, you will go through security check. Should the alarm of the archway metal detector sound, a security officer will search you to find out which item set off the alarm. You must comply with the instructions given by the security officer at all times.
Your hand luggage will be checked by a CT scan. All items such as liquids, laptops and other electronics may remain in your hand luggage. The security officer may want to do an extra check. Read the checklist underneath carefully before your trip.
Security checklist for passengers:
- All liquids and gels may remain in your hand luggage. It is possible that these items must be checked additionally and must be unpacked during inspection.
- Please note: In other countries, different rules may apply to the transport of liquids and gels in hand luggage, e.g. max. 100ml per package and present in a transparent bag of maximum 1 litre.
- Laptops, tablets and other electronics may remain in your hand luggage. It is possible that these items must be checked additionally and must be unpacked when checked. Different rules may apply in other countries for your return journey.
- Take off your coat, jacket or vest and take off your belt. Place these in the container.
- You should also place all items in your pocket in the container. Your pockets must be completely empty before entering the security scan.
- Strictly follow the directions of the security personnel. For example, it may be possible that security asks you to take off your footwear.
Brexit: Travelling from and to the United Kingdom
As the United Kingdom has left the European Union, several things will change in 2021. Are you travelling from and to the United Kingdom after December 31st, 2020? Please keep below in mind:
- Border and passport controls can become more extensive upon arrival in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Take extra time into account. Passport controls upon departure from the Netherlands will not change.
- The conditions of importing goods might change after 2020. This may include items as tobacco, alcohol but also food and plants. This depends on the agreement between the European Union en the United Kingdom which is currently being discussed. Find the latest information here.
- British citizens travelling from or to the Netherlands must have a passport which is valid at least six months and not older than ten years.
- Find more information on the consequences of Brexit on travelling on the website of the Dutch government.