Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Traveling through or living in the Netherlands? Below you’ll find updates about the current security situation. Don’t forget to check the links on the right for Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and our Safety and Security archive.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam
July 30, 2016

The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands would like to bring to the attention of U.S. citizens today’s Dutch Government  announcement that additional security measures are being taken at and around Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Click here for an English version of that announcement.

We remind all U.S. citizens to be aware of your local security situation and take appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.

We encourage you to review the information contained in the current Worldwide Caution issued on March 3, 2016 and the Travel Alert for Europe issued on May 31, 2016. ‎These messages alert U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and monitor media and local information sources for updates.  Factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Address specific safety concerns to Dutch law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety of all visitors to the Netherlands.

General security information

U.S. citizens in the Netherlands are reminded, in general, that if at any time you feel threatened or in danger, please call the Dutch authorities immediately by dialing 1-1-2 for emergency service response from Dutch police, rescue, and fire departments.

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Netherlands Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Contact the U.S. Consulate General, located at Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam, at +31 (0)20 575-5309, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +31 (0)70 310-2209.  To contact the U.S. Consulate General, please e-mail us at

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.