The Dutch passport is currently ranked 4th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 188 countries. This makes it one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. Dutch passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States and the entire European Union allowing almost instant travel worldwide. Dutch passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 41 destinations in the world such as China and Russia.
The Netherlands passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Netherlands passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Netherlands passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 144 Netherlands passport visa-free countries, 31 Netherlands visa-on-arrival countries, and 13 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Netherlands passport holders can enter a total of 188 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Netherlands passport ranks 4 in the world.
Separate from these Netherlands visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 41 additional destinations which Netherlands passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of 12 provinces and is located in the European Union with neighboring countries Germany, Belgium and the North Sea. The most important provinces are South Holland, North Holland and North Brabant. The Netherlands has a surface area of 41,865 square kilometers and is therefore one of the smaller countries in the European Union. Its climate is temperate with mild winters and cool summers. The terrain is characterized by coastal lowlands and some hills in the south-east.
The overall population is over 17.4 million people. The capital of the country is Amsterdam, which is also the most populous city with more than 862,000 inhabitants. Other important cities are Rotterdam and The Hague. The largest airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) with 71 million passengers per year. This makes it 12th busiest airport in the world. Amsterdam Airport has flight connections to every continent.
Dutch culture is influenced by the mercantile and colonial explorations of the Kingdom. Christianity is the most practiced religion. The official language in the country is Dutch. The legal system is the civil law based on the French Civil Code. The government type is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, represented by King Willem-Alexander as chief of state. The Prime Minister Mark Rutte is currently the head of government.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR0.93 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1 trillion, making it the 9th largest economy in Europe. Its citizens have a per capita income of $58,255. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are services and industry. Its main goods of export are metal and engineering products, electrical machinery, vegetables, dairy and poultry. The nation is one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters. Tourism contributes about 5.5% to the GDP.
The Netherlands is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its picturesque towns and different cultural facets due to its exploration history. Some of the major destinations include the Jardaan, Amsterdam canals, the Keukenhof, the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh Museum, the Windmills, and the De Hoge Veluwe National Park. The country has a total of approximately 19 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.