Consular officials are charged with promoting and protecting the interests of Dutch nationals within their consular district. So Dutch nationals may ask for certain types of assistance from a Dutch embassy or consulate should the need arise.

Dutch law does not confer a right to consular assistance. It is up to the Dutch government to grant it. Consular assistance is only provided to Dutch nationals who run into trouble and cannot find help any other way. 

Relatives of Dutch nationals

The Ministry of Foreign Affairsfrequently deals with inquiries from distressed relatives concerned about a traveller who has not been in contact for some time. Unfortunately, the advice to travellers to leave behind an itinerary of their journey is not always taken.

Consular assistance from an EU member state

In countries where a European Union member state has no embassy or consulate, nationals of that member state may request assistance at the embassy or consulate of another member state.