If reservations are required on "international" trips, does that include trains between Netherlands & Belgium?

Site says reservation fees required for "international" trips. Does that apply to Benelux pass trips between Netherlands and Belgium?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2016 17:56
    Hi Dave,

    The Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) is thought of as one 'country' just for the purpose of rail passes. Within the Benelux region, reservations are only required on the Thalys trains.

    Regular trains operating within the Benelux region don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Conveniently, the network of regular trains is extensive and connects all rail stations throughout the region.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Benelux Pass'). Again, in the Benelux region, you would only do this if taking a Thalys train. So you know which trains to reserve, any Thalys trains will be labeled when you pull up the results of your search. Generally, Thalys trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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