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Passport issued from the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch / Netherlands passport
The front cover of a contemporary Dutch ePassport issued since 2014
In line with other EU passports, Dutch passports are burgundy in colour, with the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands emblazoned on the front cover. The words "EUROPESE UNIE" (European Union) and "KONINKRIJK DER NEDERLANDEN" (Kingdom of the Netherlands) are inscribed above the coat of arms as well as "PASPOORT" (passport), consistent with the design standards as set forth by the European Union. The Model 2011 biometric passport also features the ICAO biometric passport symbol at the bottom of the cover. The regular passport contains 34 pages, 28 of which may be used for visas. Each chip contains a digital record of the person's fingerprints.
Identity Information Page
Specimen of the identity information page issued since 9 March 2014
The Dutch passport includes the following data on the identity information page:
(1) Personal Identification Number (on the back on the identity information page)
Photo of passport Holder
(2) Nationality (Nederlandse)
(4) Given names
(5) Date of birth
(6) Place of birth
(9) Date of issue
(10) Date of expiry
(11) Signature (of holder)
(12) Issuing Authority (If issued in The Netherlands, the Mayor of the municipality of residence. If issued by a diplomatic post, the Minister of Foreign Affairs
The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone starting with P<NLD.
For each item in the passport captions are provided in Dutch, English and French.
These captions are numbered and translations into the twenty-three official languages of the European Union are given on the last two pages of the passport.
The Dutch passport contains on its inside cover in Dutch, English and French the words:
In naam van Zijne Majesteit de Koning der Nederlanden, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, enz. enz. enz., verzoekt de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken alle overheden van bevriende staten aan de houder van dit paspoort vrije en ongehinderde doorgang te verlenen alsmede alle hulp en bijstand te verschaffen
In the name of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, etc. etc. etc., the Minister of Foreign Affairs requests all authorities of friendly powers to allow the bearer of the present passport to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer every assistance and protection which may be necessary.
The regular and business passports are valid for a ten-year period from date of issue (five years for minors). A second passport is valid for a period of two years from date of issue. Emergency passports are valid for the duration of the journey, but no longer than a period of one year from date of issue. Foreigners passports are valid for the same period as the corresponding residence permit is valid.
Types of passports
Dutch emergency passport
Regular passport (Dutch: Nationaal paspoort) issued for holiday and business travels and for identification required by Dutch law. The passport contains 34 pages and is valid for a period of ten years from issuing date.
Second passport (Dutch: Tweede paspoort) issued for business purposes only to those citizens travelling frequently and experiencing problems when entering countries because of visa (stamps) present in the regular passport or because the regular passport is in process for obtaining other visa by a foreign embassy. The passport is valid for a period of two years from date of issue.
Business passport (Dutch: Zakenpaspoort) issued with additional pages that may be used for visa. The business passport contains 66 pages and is valid for a period of ten years from issuing date.
Service passport (Dutch: Dienstpaspoort) issued to people representing the Dutch government on official business, but without offering diplomatic immunity. The passport contains 66 pages.
Emergency passport (pink cover) (Dutch: Noodpaspoort) issued either by the Royal Marechaussee or a Dutch representative abroad to Dutch citizens who are unable to obtain a proper passport in time for travel, strict rules apply.
Alien's passport (green cover) (Dutch: Vreemdelingenpaspoort) issued for travelling purposes to non-Dutch residents of the Netherlands who are unable to obtain a passport from their own government.
Visa requirements for Dutch citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the Netherlands. In 2018, Dutch citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 186 countries and territories, ranking the Dutch passport 4th in the world according to the Henley visa restrictions index. Although a passport is often used for travel, it is the nationality rather than the passport that visa-free travel is based on.