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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Report on CIA’s Interrogation procedures

UNITED STATES EMBASSY THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS

U.S. citizens in the Netherlands should be aware that release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens should pay attention to their surroundings and take appropriate safety precautions, including avoiding demonstrations or confrontational situations.

In general, protests in the Netherlands are peaceful.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful, however, can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little warning.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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. 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Netherlands enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  Enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the embassy or nearest consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

We also recommend you regularly monitor the Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  You can also read the Country Specific Information for the Netherlands

Contact the consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Google play market to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam is located at Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam and is open from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday-Friday).  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate is (31) (0)70-310 2209.

This e-mail is sent to U.S. citizens and others registered with the Consulate.  For more on the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or to unsubscribe or change your registration, visit this link: https://step.state.gov/step/

The sending e-mail address is not monitored. To contact the Consulate, please e-mail us at USCitizenServicesAMS@state.gov

Emergency Messages for U.S. citizens in The Netherlands

For a complete list of State Department travel messages, click here.