Frequently Asked Questions
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When and how can I reach the Consulate General and when is it closed?
The Consulate General can be found at Room 2402B, 24/F Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wanchai.
It's opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 AM to 13.00 PM and 14.00 PM to 16.30 PM.
Passport and visa services until 12.00 PM only ; civil integration exams can be taken by appointment only.
Phone: +852 2599 9200
Emergency number (outside of office hours; emergencies only): +852 9123 7078
What can you expect from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Macao?
A lot (but not everything)
The Netherlands has one of the most extensive diplomatic networks in the world, which includes an independent Consulate General in Hong Kong. After all, The Netherlands deals with many foreign countries being relatively small in size itself. First and foremost we offer consular services for Dutch citizens living abroad. A little less known is that businesses too can come to us with questions.
The Consulate General is also committed to cultural and political interest of The Netherlands.
Consular Services (for Dutch citizens)
Providing Dutch citizens with consular services is by far the most recognised task of embassies and consulates. This includes issuing passports, visas, consular certificates and providing notarial deeds and supporting Dutch citizens who have run into trouble abroad. The brochure 'Wijs op reis' ( www.wijsopreis.nl) gives more information on these issues. The brochure clearly states what diplomatic representatives can and can't do. They can't provide financial support for example. However, in case you have been robbed of your money they will act as mediator should a family member or friend need to transfer some funds to you. We also have the role of providing information and answering questions concerning most issues relating to The Netherlands. In case of an emergency the Consulate General can be contacted 24 hours a day and during weekends.
No matter how long you have been living abroad, many of you continue to keep a special bond with your mother country. Even though it is formally not the duty of the Consulate General, several times a year the residency of the Consul General acts as a binding factor for many of the Dutch in Hong Kong.
Economy / Trade (for Dutch companies)
Dutch companies can benefit greatly from the Consulate General in Hong Kong by way of information, introductions, network gathering, Holland promotion, generating publicity and market reports. In some instances the Consulate General can accompany you on company visits, receptions or other events in case it could provide you with a beneficial business angle towards your Hong Kong partners.
Over half of all our staff is involved in economics and trading, some of them already for more than 15 years. We are much familiarised with the local environment and have access to all major economic players in Hong Kong. Furthermore we are part of important networks in Hong Kong and the Netherlands such as ministries, local governments, trade organisations, the media and the business environment. We work closely together with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, the Netherlands International Distribution Council and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. All this support is available to all Dutch companies; however, our main focus is on small and medium sized enterprises.
We identify new developments and opportunities and communicate them with The Netherlands. Especially now the Internet provides an abundance of information it proves very valuable to deliver selected and useful messages with carefully composed content to the right people. As a government representative we often play a key part in official and business delegations of various ministries. This includes the organisation and coordination of programmes, networking events and media information.
Culture and Politics
We work on the promotion of culture in Hong Kong and report on important political developments concerning The Netherlands. The Dutch government is working hard on human rights issues and international peace and security. However, this is something in which the Consulate General in Hong Kong merely plays a minor role due to the special status of Hong Kong as being 'one country, two systems'. The Consulate General is involved in treaties (with regard to for example preventing double taxes and regulating air traffic); we take care of publications and send journalists from Hong Kong to The Netherlands etc.
What shall I do if I wish to bring my pets to the Netherlands?
Before you travel with your pets to the Netherlands, there are some documents shall be prepared for your pets, according to
REGULATION (EC) No 998/2003 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, please refer to particular details on
Note: Animals under the age of 3 months from these third countries can enter the Netherlands without a rabies vaccination. A declaration of the owner that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection. See the link https://www.nvwa.nl/onderwerpen/english/dossier/travelling-to-the-netherlands-with-your-dog-or-cat
If you need further instruction on this matter, please inquire Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA), the only authority in the Netherlands in charge of the animals immigration E: firstname.lastname@example.org