What to do if you are admitted to a hospital in a foreign country

If you are unexpectedly admitted to hospital in a foreign country, there will be a number of things to arrange. The Dutch embassy or consulate can help you.

What to do if you are admitted to hospital in a foreign country

  • Tell your family in the Netherlands.
  • Call your insurer’s emergency support centre.
  • Contact your travel company.

If you are unable to do this yourself, the embassy or consulate will do it for you.

Hospital admission without insurance

If you have been admitted to hospital but you are not insured for medical treatment in a foreign country, the embassy can ask your family in the Netherlands to transfer money.

No Dutch embassy or consulate

There may not be Dutch embassy or consulate in the country you are in. In that case, you can contact the embassy of another EU country, or a Dutch embassy or consulate in a neighbouring country.

Who can your family contact for information?

The Dutch embassy or consulate informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can then tell your family in the Netherlands what has happened. Your family can also enquire about you by calling the 24/7 BZ Contact Centre on +31 247 247 247.