Travel Basics – Dutch Grand Prix

Useful travel information to help you plan your trip to the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Please Note: The 2020 Dutch Grand Prix was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dates for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix have not yet been announced, though the race was scheduled to take place this year on the first weekend in May. This post will be updated with up-to-date travel information when dates are announced for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

Located in north western Europe, The Netherlands is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with over 17 million people living within 41,500 square kilometres. Renowned for its low elevation and flat land, around 17% of the country falls below sea level. Amsterdam is the country’s capital city and Zandvoort, where the Dutch Grand Prix takes place, is located around 40km to the west of the capital. One of the country’s major beach resorts, Zandvoort is home to around 17,000 people, with around half of inhabitants employed in tourism related industries. The Netherlands’ advanced economy has the thirteenth-highest per capita income of any country.

Netherlands Visa Requirements

You’re unlikely to need a visa if you’re staying for less than three months. Visitors from a list of 60 nations – including Australia, USA and most European countries – require only a passport to enter the Netherlands. If your nation isn’t on the list, you’ll require a Schengen visa. Find out more about Dutch visas here.


Health services in the Netherlands are world class. If you are travelling from Europe, make sure you organise a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access free medical services. You should also have adequate travel insurance in place in case of a medical emergency. In non-emergencies, there are many Dutch pharmacies which can give over-the-counter medicine and advice.


The Netherlands is recognised as one of Europe’s safest countries. The streets are well-policed, even in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, but it’s still a good idea to not walk unfamiliar places at night and avoid back alleys. Petty crimes do occur across the larger cities. Be wary of pickpockets, especially in Amsterdam, and use two locks if you’re travelling by bike. Despite the Netherlands’ relatively relaxed drug laws, you are not allowed to smoke or drink on the street. Smoking is also banned in bars and restaurants. Keep your passport safe, too – in the Netherlands, anyone over 14 years of age is required by law to carry ID.

Culture & Language

Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, though English is widely spoken. Over 90% of the population can speak English, and it is now a compulsory subject in the Dutch secondary education system. Dutch people can be straight talking; don’t consider this impolite, it comes from a desire to be direct and honest!


The Euro (€ EUR) is used in the Netherlands. ATMs are plentiful and can be found outside most banks. Using an ATM can be the easiest way of exchanging your money to Euros – but check with your bank for any service charges beforehand. European credit cards will be accepted at most hotels, but not at all restaurants and shops. Using your ATM card as a debit card won’t always work, as many establishments will only accept Dutch PIN cards. Tipping is welcomed in the Netherlands, but is not expected. Generally, a 5-10% tip for good service is appreciated.

Zandvoort Weather

The Dutch Grand Prix is held in May, when temperatures in the Netherlands generally lie between 8°C (46°F) and 18°C (64°F). Typical temperatures are around 13°C (56°F). On average, the country sees rain on 14 days in the month of May. Being on the coast, you can expect the temperature in Zandvoort to be slightly cooler than the inland temperatures. On the plus side, there are more hours of sunlight in May than in any other month of the year.

Netherlands Travel: Need to Know

  • Like most European countries, the Netherlands uses power plugs and sockets of type C and F. Standard voltage is 230V. You’ll need an adaptor if you’re travelling from the UK.
  • The Netherlands operates in Central European Time (CET), which is GMT+1.
  • Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road in the Netherlands.
  • It’s safe to drink tap water in the Netherlands. The water has recently been recognised as the safest and cleanest in Europe.
  • In an emergency, dial 112.
  • Public toilets are not common in the Netherlands. The HogeNood app will show you the nearest available toilets based on your location.

Have you visited the Netherlands? Want to share your travel tips for Amsterdam or the surrounding area? Leave a comment below!

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