Netherlands (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travelers from high-risk areas that are fully vaccinated can enter to Netherland.

You still need to quarantine and provide negative PCR test results.

Proof of vaccination is accepted only if it:

-has been issued following vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or is on the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO);

-has been issued based on full vaccination. That means that:

-the vaccination schedule consists of a single dose and this single dose
has been administered (Janssen); or

-the vaccination schedule consists of two doses and:

-both doses have been administered, or
-one dose has been administered and it has been confirmed that
the person vaccinated had previously been infected with the virus
SARS-CoV-2.

-has been issued in one of the following languages:

Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish

includes the following:

-information identifying the person who has been vaccinated.
-information demonstrating that the person in question has been fully vaccinated against the virus SARS-CoV-2.
-the name of the vaccine and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorisation holder of each dose of the vaccine administered.
-the date on which each dose of the vaccine was administered.
-the name of the country in which the vaccine was administered.
-the name of the issuer of the proof of vaccination.
-a signature or stamp of authenticity placed by the issuer.

Approved vaccines

The following vaccines have been approved by the EMA/WHO:

Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
Johnson & Johnson (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
Moderna (Spikevax)
AstraZeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria)
Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
Sinopharm BIBP
Sinovac

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 06.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of the Netherlands;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– passengers arriving from Albania, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Curacao, Hong Kong (SAR China), Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, St. Maarten, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden;
– family members of a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland; more details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/j5ycrntc
– passengers with a consular, diplomatic, official, service or special passports traveling on duty;
– passengers with a Schengen visa issued after 19 March 2020 traveling through the Netherlands to another Schengen Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel;
– students with a proof of admission to a course of study;
– partners with a completed “Declaration of relationship for COVID-19 entry ban exemption” form, a return onward ticket and proof that they have been in a relationship for at least 3 months with a resident of the Netherlands who is a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland. As well as accompanying children of the partner who are younger than 18 years. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/25s9p98h
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that:
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 28 days before arrival and the certificate was issued on or after 14 August 2021; or
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 14 days before arrival and the certificate was issued before 14 August 2021; or
– they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit through the Netherlands to Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See) as final destination.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of the Netherlands;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See);
– British nationals;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– passengers arriving from Albania, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Curacao, Hong Kong (SAR China), Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), New Zealand, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, St. Maarten, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom;
– nationals of Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Kiribati, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia (Rep.), Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Isl., St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela with a note verbale that the country of destination is allowing them to enter;
– family members of a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland; more details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/j5ycrntc
– passengers with a long-term “D” visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– passengers with a consular, diplomatic, official, service or special passports traveling on duty;
– passengers with a visa issued on or after 19 March 2020 by the country of final destination;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that:
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 28 days before arrival and the certificate was issued on or after 14 August 2021; or
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 14 days before arrival and the certificate was issued before 14 August 2021; or
– they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac.
3. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Tests accepted are: LAMP, MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR and TMA; or
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before boarding the flight of the first embarkation point.
Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/59zy6bna
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before departure if arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– passengers arriving from Bulgaria, Czechia, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania or Slovakia;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that:
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 28 days before arrival and the certificate was issued on or after 14 August 2021; or
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 14 days before arrival and the certificate was issued before 14 August 2021; or
– they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. They must be arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Eswatini, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Lesotho, Malaysia, Martinique, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, St. Lucia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom, Venezuela or Virgin Isl. (USA). Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/t2nxv3jt .
4. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented prior to boarding. The form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ybtmdgja
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 13 years.
5. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 10 days. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3zvzaz3b

 

Detailed Tourist Information

A European entry ban is in effect for some people, barring them from travelling to the European Union or the Schengen area. You may only travel to the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of these exemption categories (https://bit.ly/3zCXAfM) or if your country is on the list of safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area.

The government lists countries by classification (https://bit.ly/3wZ4PNC)

If your country is not on the Dutch list of safe countries, and not on the list of very high risk countries, you can be exempted from the travel ban only by proof of full vaccination. (https://bit.ly/3BID6nK)

Dutch nationals are always permitted to return to the Netherlands.

Travellers aged 13 or above from a country that is not considered safe are subject to a pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement. If you are from a country considered high risk and you have proof of full vaccination, you do not need to present a negative Covid-19 test result. If you are from a very high risk country, the negative Covid-19 test is mandatory, regardless of your vaccination status.

Accepted tests: molecular NAAT test (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA, or mPOCT).

The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.

Additionally, if you are from a very high risk country, it is mandatory to quarantine for 10 days after arrival, also when you are fully vaccinated. You must be able to show a completed, printed and signed quarantine declaration. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration, or do not comply with the quarantine requirement.

The quarantine period can be ended by a negative result to a COVID-19 test performed on day 5. You can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation. To prepare for your journey you can do the Quarantine Check for Travellers. This is a checklist of steps to take before and after your journey.

Some travellers do not have to self-quarantine, for example, workers in the transport sector, and those travelling from low-risk countries.

If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally at check-in.
 

Lockdown Details

These are the measures currently in place.

In and around the home

-Keep to the basic rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus (https://bit.ly/3gR3FOL)
-Work from home unless this is impossible. Only go to work if you cannot work from home.

Special events

-Weddings: there is no maximum group size. Full capacity is permitted, with 1.5-metre distancing. (https://bit.ly/3gULx6U)
-Funerals: there is no maximum group size. Full capacity is permitted, with 1.5-metre distancing. (https://bit.ly/3t9o9r3)

Locations that are open subject to certain conditions
Almost all locations are open, subject to certain conditions, including:

-Shops and general markets.
-People with a contact-based profession can perform their work. You can go to a hairdresser or masseur or have a driving lesson.
-Sports venues, like gyms.
-Restaurants, cafés and bars. Conditions include 1.5-metre distancing and assigned seats for all guests.
-Cultural venues, like museums, theatres, cinemas, libraries and concert halls.
-Art and cultural institutions, such as music schools and arts centres.
-Recreational locations like theme parks, nature parks and zoos and laser gaming venues. Spas, saunas and tanning salons are also open.

Closed locations

Dance venues, such as nightclubs and discos are closed.

Events

-At indoor events with assigned seats:
-Without coronavirus entry passes: full capacity with 1.5-metre distancing.
-With coronavirus entry passes: no more than two-thirds capacity.

-At outdoor events with assigned seats:
-Without coronavirus entry passes: full capacity with 1.5-metre distancing.
-With coronavirus entry passes: no more than 750 visitors or, for larger locations: no more than two-thirds capacity.

-At outdoor events without assigned seats:
-With coronavirus entry passes: no more than 750 visitors.

-Indoor events without assigned seats are not permitted.
-Outdoor events without assigned seats and without coronavirus entry passes are not permitted.
-At locations where there is a continuous flow of people, the maximum number of people is 1 per 5 square metres.

Childcare and education

-Daycare centres for children aged under 4 are open.
-Primary schools are open.
-Out-of-school care is open.
-Secondary schools are open. Certain conditions apply.
-Secondary vocational schools (MBO) are open. Certain conditions apply.
-Higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities are open. Certain conditions apply.

Sports

-Everyone can participate in sports activities indoors and outdoors, including in groups. Conditions apply.

 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/NLD
Data Source: covidcontrols.co