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Safety measures for Nuclear Security Summit

News item | 04-03-2014

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) will take place in the World Forum in The Hague on 24 and 25 March. To ensure that this conference proceeds safely and smoothly, a number of measures are being taken. One of these measures is a temporary reintroduction of controls at the Netherlands’ borders with other Schengen countries under articles 23 (1) and 24 of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation (EC) No. 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council).

Extra border controls

The reintroduction of internal border controls will be carried out in a flexible manner by the border control authorities. This means that the Royal Military and Border Police (KMAR) and the Seaport Police will carry out individual checks at certain border crossings in the Netherlands, on the basis of information received and at random. Information gathered in advance by KMAR, the police, foreign authorities and international and other organisations will serve as the basis for the conduct of these checks.

This measure may have an impact on individuals travelling to and from the Netherlands. From 14 to 27 March 2014 the Royal Military and Border Police and the Seaport Police will be able to check travellers at the internal borders with Belgium and Germany, on waterways and at gates of designated airports for flights arriving from other Schengen countries.

Because border controls are being conducted, people arriving in the Netherlands from another Schengen country may be asked to show a valid travel document – a valid identity card or passport – and when required a valid visa or residence permit. Travellers and citizens are required by European legislation to cooperate with this procedure.

By conducting border controls in a flexible manner and in accordance with available information, the authorities will try to minimise the disruption to travel and inconvenience to travellers.