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Favorite thing: One remark I got from a visitor from abroad was that he was unable to locate a post office downtown.
Things have changed over the years. The former Head Office behind the Royal Palace has been transformed into the Magna Plaza shopping Center and the distribution center at the Central Station has lost its function, because all mail is distributed by road.
The former PTT was split up into private post and telephone companies. The post is now handled by TNT.
Post facilities are often an integral part in a book- or cigarette shop and not always easy to identify from the outside.
Here are the downtown post shops:
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Favorite thing: If you plan to stay in Amsterdam or The Netherlands for longer than three months for any reason, you need to apply for a residence permit (Verblijfsvergunning) from the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country or from the Aliens Police in The Netherlands. Permits can also be issued to those who enter the country as tourists and then decide that they wish to remain (except South African citizens). Residence permits are valid for one year but can be renewed. According to Dutch law, foreigners must carry their passports or an ID card at all times. In Amsterdam, you can apply for a residence permit at the Aliens Police Office (559 91 11), Bijlmerdreef 90, 1102 CS, Amsterdam Zuidoost. The cost of applying ranges from €22,69-56,72. EU and EEA citizens receive residence permits easily; citizens of other nations will have to demonstrate that they have a realistic prospect of a job or that they will be studying.
Favorite thing: The main post office ('postkantoor', 'PTT') is on the corner of the Singel near the Dam, but there are many other smaller post offices; most are closed Saturdays, the main post office is open Saturday morning. The Dutch Telephone Book is online (fill in the name and city of who you want to look up).
Phoning from a hotel room can be expensive (ask first). There are two main types of telephone boxes on the streets: cash and phone-card. Phone cards can be bought in various denominations from railway stations, tobacconists, post offices and other shops. They are typically good for long distance calls. With cash phones you should insert money before dialling; unused coins are returned at the end of the call. Because of telephone liberalisation, there are now two different companies with telephone boxes on the street; their phone cards are alas not interchangeable. Most cafés have a public phone or will let you phone locally.
To make an international call, dial 00 followed by your country code, then the national area code (usually leaving off an initial 0) and then the local number.
Many countries have a 'Call Direct' service, where a free call in the Netherlands puts you in touch with an operator in your own country where you can then arrange a reversed-charge or credit call. To dial these services, you dial 0800-022 and then a 4 digit code for the country you want. A list of these codes is in the Amsterdam Yellow Pages ('Gouden Gids').
Favorite thing: Always look for Red.
Place any mail going OUTSIDE of Holland in the left slot (you facing box) and the local mail in right-hand side.
Fondest memory: There are many locations through out town, some I know are:
Centraal Station has 4 outside the front entrance to the right.
There is one on Oude Brugsteeg, it is up against a wall and it faces centraal station.
Another one is located just outside of the Grasshopper on Nzv Burgwal.
Also on the Single between the Siberie and the Grey Area coffeeshops:))
Favorite thing: For us VT'ers very important to know the prices of postcard stamps
For Europe 69c
They only sold me a set of stamps sold in 5's
Open 9am-7pm Mon - Fri 9am - 12pm Sat
Main Post office Singel 250
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