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1 IMPORTANT NOTICE: Consular office closure dates:

Please be advised that the consular office at the embassy will be closed for the holidays from the22nd of December 2016 to the 1st of January 2017. No visa or passport applications will be processed during this period. The consular office will re-open on the 2nd of January 2017. For emergency consular cases only you can call the 24/7 Contact Centre: +31 247247247 We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

2 Embassy Landlines not working

Unfortunately the Netherlands Embassy landlines are currently out of order. If you wish to contact the embassy, please use +263 772 236 150 or +263 772 236 151.

3 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

4 Embassy Closed

We wish to inform you that the Embassy will be closed on Monday 08 August for the Heroes Day holiday and Tuesday 09 August for Zimbabwe Defence forces Day. For any emergencies during this period you can contact our 24/7 contact center on +31247247247.

5 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear majority for the people who voted against.

6 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support. Much remains unclear at the moment. The maximum threat level is now in effect across Belgium. The EU cancelled all working group meetings scheduled for the morning of Tuesday 22 March. Mr Koenders, speaking from Indonesia, urged Dutch nationals not to travel to Brussels. ‘Right now, we don’t yet know if there are the Dutch nationals among the victims,’ he said. ‘The embassy is working with the local authorities to determine whether this is the case.’ For the latest information regarding travel to Belgium, consult the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you against travelling to Brussels at present, until more is known about the situation.

7 IMPORTANT NOTICE: Visa processing for Norway

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Harare would like to inform you that, as from 01 March 2016 visa applications for Norway will be processed by this Embassy. Please note that visa appointments must be made on our website www.zimbabwe.nlembassy.org Visa processing takes up to 8 working days. Consular Office hours are: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 11:00hrs PLEASE NOTE THAT PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ARE DONE AT THE NORWEGIAN EMBASSY IN PRETORIA

8 Dutch Voter's Registration

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands wishes to advice all Dutch nationals that they can register to vote for the consultative referendum on the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine online or visit the Embassy or their Honorary Consulates to collect and submit voter’s registration forms. The final registration date is February 24th 2016. Voters who register too late cannot cast their vote.

9 Travellers can reach foreign ministry 24/7 at +31 247 247 247

Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.

10 European Commission to visit Amsterdam

The European Commission is visiting Amsterdam to mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. On 7 January 2016 Prime Minister Mark Rutte will receive the members of the European Commission at the National Maritime Museum.