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Is it ok to take a break near the cycle path, on the grass, in Netherlands?

Likely that a not funny guy tried to be funny, saying something like 'Lazy bones' not knowing or not caring you would not understand. Ignore the kind of guy wherever you go. Unless the grass is ...
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

To know where you are the furthest from any building in the Netherlands is very simple. Buildings in The Netherlands First of all, you look where all the buildings in the Netherlands are. That is ...
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Expectations when dressing in a Dutch hotel room (no curtains)

Living in the Netherlands (and being Dutch) I would expect a hotel in the Netherlands to have curtains or an other way to keep people from looking in if there is any spot from which to look into the ...
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What are these huge ‘fields’ of light just north of Amsterdam?

They are artificially lit greenhouses. The artificial light escapes through their transparent roofs. Some of them were presumably not (yet?) illuminated when you saw them, perhaps because it wasn't ...
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

Possibly het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe (Saeftinghe's Drowned Land), depending on your exact criteria. The closest municipality is Emmadorp, which is around 5-6 km away from the furthest point in ...
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Forced to pay a customs fee for importing a used wedding dress into the Netherlands. Is there a way to avoid paying?

Regulation in this area can be rigid or feel unfair but neither the fact that the dress is used nor the fact you paid GST are relevant as such. As a resident of the Netherlands, you are definitely ...
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Forced to pay a customs fee for importing a used wedding dress into the Netherlands. Is there a way to avoid paying?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer. In The Netherlands, you can virtually always object ('in beroep gaan' / 'bezwaar aantekenen') against decisions made by government agencies. You need to make sure of the ...
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In the Netherlands, does the green stripe in the middle of a road always allow to drive 100 km/h?

Apparently, normally yes, if there is also a continuous line on the outsides of the roadway. The green area is called a Optische middenberm, which means optical central verge. When I learned driving ...
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Can a shop in the Netherlands force you to buy clothes if you take a photo?

Being Dutch, I have never heard of such law. I also doubt there is a law that would cover this, I would take it as a try to intimidate you. But also as a 'please really, really do not do this.' If ...
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If Dutch railways suggests a 5-min connection, is it definitely doable?

When you have a train ticket this is a commitment by the railways to get you to your destination. In your case your ticket is for Brussels to Den Haag so to Den haag the railways must get you. But ...
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Smoking weed in Amsterdam as a tourist

What the law currently says is that "coffee shops" are only allowed to sell cannabis to people residing in the Netherlands (ingezetenencriterium) and can check that by asking a proof of registration ...
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Does an Indian national need a visa to enter the Netherlands on a short business visit with a company invitation?

If you're a national of India, then you need a visa (or a residence permit) to enter the Schengen area. No exceptions. The page you link to is quite confusing -- it shows both "with visa" and "...
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Is a return air ticket absolutely necessary for a Schengen business trip?

Is it mandatory to hold a return ticket at time of entry? No. There is no actual requirement to have a firm plan to leave the Schengen area when you enter. It is necessary, however, to be able to ...
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Am I able to travel to the Netherlands without a visa to seek asylum?

Not with just a Nairobi-Amsterdam ticket, since the airline is fined if it carries someone without the right documentation. EUR 11,250 per passenger, just so you know. As such, you need to buy a ...
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Can I make repeated 90-day trips to a single Schengen country?

I recall someone saying that you can't go to the same Schengen country as a tourist for 3 months over and over even if you don't overstay a trip, because immigration thinks that it's suspicious for ...
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What is "Sprinter" in the Netherlands?

'Sprinter' is the name for the train service that stops at each station. The alternative are the 'Intercity' services that only stop at limited stations. The route you have selected first uses the ...
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Can a single 'OV-chipkaart' be used for multiple people from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, and then locally in Amsterdam?

You can get anonymous OV-chip cards as well as ones that are bound to a person, with a name and a picture on it. Both kinds can only be used for one person at the time, the anonymous ones can be used ...
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Tax Free when leaving EU through a different country

Actually I found the answer, in case someone else wonder if it's possible, the answer was found here. Do I have to leave the EU straight away from the country where I purchased goods? No. You can ...
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Do I need a work visa to attend a conference?

You do not need a visa or work authorisation to travel to the EU / Schengen area to attend conferences or trainings. This is fully within the scope of “business travel” covered by short-stay Schengen ...
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Travelling with one e-ticket for two people through Dutch train stations

Print two copies of your e-ticket, so you can each go through independently. This may have the added advantage that if one of you visits the loo or otherwise needs to walk through the train, you can ...
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Am I able to travel to the Netherlands without a visa to seek asylum?

The answer appears to be no: it is extremely unlikely that the airline will allow you to board. According to Timatic, a Kenyan citizen who wishes to enter the Netherlands must have a visa, proof of ...
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With the 19 December 2020 COVID 19 measures, can I travel between the UK and the Netherlands?

10 April 2021 update: The COVID 19 situation in the UK has pretty well quieted down. The problem is now in the Netherlands, and basically in much of continental Europe. There are restrictions, ...
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Can I bring frozen baked Jamaican Patties into the Netherlands?

According to the Dutch government's website: If you are travelling from a country outside the EU, you cannot bring meat and dairy products (including eggs) into the Netherlands. You may bring in up ...
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Can I walk to the Netherlands from Weeze, Germany (NRN)?

From Weeze to the Netherlands there are low traffic flow roads. As common in the Netherlands, next to them there is a cyclist dedicated path, which can also be used by pedestrians. This is an example ...
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Can I use a VISA debit card in the Netherlands?

My partner and I own a bank account in both Netherlands and UK. The Dutch one has a Maestro card and the UK one has a Visa debit card. We've found that the Maestro card is accepted in 99% of shops, ...
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Travelling with one e-ticket for two people through Dutch train stations

Scanning printed tickets on Dutch railway stations is purely to open the gates. So if there is no gate you do not need to scan, it even says such on the Dutch (NS) self print railway tickets. Scanning ...
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Can I walk to the Netherlands from Weeze, Germany (NRN)?

So am I allowed to walk into the Netherlands at that border crossing 2km south of Weeze? Yes. Is this allowed? Yes. Pedestrian border crossings between the Netherlands and Germany are quite common. ...
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How can I buy an e-ticket for Netherlands train if I don't have a Dutch bank account?

Good news, it is now possible (since January 2018) to buy a train ticket with a creditcard on the website of NS. Source: I'm Dutch.
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