If you provide overnight accommodation in the Netherlands, for instance, in a hotel, bed & breakfast or marina, you must maintain an ongoing visitor register. The information entered in this register should include:
- the guest’s name and place of residence
- the date of arrival and departure
- the type of identity document (ID) presented by the guest. You do not have to make a copy of the ID
The requirement to maintain a visitor register is laid down in the Criminal Code (Wetboek van Strafrecht). Furthermore, a visitor register is often required by the General Municipal Bye-Law (Algemene Plaatselijke Verordening). You can apply for a visitor register to some municipal authorities or you can download the register from their website. The municipal authority may ask you to provide the information from your visitor register, for example, when you file your tourist tax return.
Online data provision via Message Box
You can apply for a visitor register or submit the information from your visitor register also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.