Netherlands (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 06 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all 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 03.05.2021
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 and Switzerland;
– 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, with a residence permit issued to family members of a Union Citizen by 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 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;
– residents of Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay;
– 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 .
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 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 an official proof that the country of destination is allowing them to enter;
– family members of a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland, with a residence permit issued to family members of a Union Citizen by 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, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
– 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;
– residents of Australia, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay;
– 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.
3. Until 15 May 2021, flights from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep. Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela to the Netherlands are suspended.
4. Passengers entering the Netherlands must have:
– a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 24 hours before boarding the flight of the first embarkation point. 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, and
-a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: LAMP, MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR and TMA.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 13 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Eustatius and Saba, St. Maarten or Thailand;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
– passengers with:
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at least 2 weeks and at most 8 weeks before arrival; and
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival; and
– a negative COVID-19 rapid test result taken at most 24 hours before boarding the flight of the first embarkation point;
– passengers with:
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at least 2 weeks and at most 8 weeks before arrival; and
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival; and
– a medical certificate specifying that the passenger is not COVID-19 contagious issued at most 72 hours before departure.
5. Passengers transiting through the Netherlands must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: LAMP, MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR and TMA.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 13 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Eustatius and Saba, St. Maarten or Thailand;
– passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with:
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at least 2 weeks and at most 8 weeks before arrival; and
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival; and
– a negative COVID-19 rapid test result taken at most 24 hours before boarding the flight of the first embarkation point;
– passengers with:
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at least 2 weeks and at most 8 weeks before arrival; and
– a positive COVID-19 NAAT test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival; and
– a medical certificate specifying that the passenger is not COVID-19 contagious issued at most 72 hours before departure.
6. Airline crew and merchant seamen entering the Netherlands must have:
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before boarding the flight of the first embarkation point; or
– an authorization issued by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
– This does not apply to airline crew who are not leaving the aircraft.
7. 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.
8. 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

On April 26, the Netherlands said it was suspending all passenger flights arriving from India starting on Monday amid a surge in coronavirus infections in the country.

“A flight ban will take effect for passenger flights from India at 6pm on Monday, April 26… The flight ban will be in place until at least 1am on May 1,” said a Dutch Aviation Ministry statement.

If you are not a national of an EU or Schengen area country, the EU entry ban applies to you. You can only travel to the Netherlands if you fall into one of the exemption categories for the travel ban.

There is a ban on flights from the United Kingdom, Cabo Verde, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and all the countries in South America. There is also a docking ban for passenger ferries from the United Kingdom. Exemptions apply to certain limited categories of traveller. Dutch nationals are permitted to return to the Netherlands.

Entry requirements:

All travellers aged above 13 (including Dutch nationals) must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test result, if they are coming from a high-risk area to the Netherlands. The government provides a list of countries concerned.
If you are travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea from a high-risk country, you must also take a rapid test shortly before departure. Several requirements to the rapid test apply. Certain exemptions apply, including for diplomats.
If you are coming from a country that is not in the EU or Schengen area and you are not a national of an EU or Schengen country, you must also fill in a negative test declaration and carry it with you.
You must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands. You can get tested again on day 5 after your arrival. If the result is negative you can end your self-quarantine. Some travellers do not have to self-quarantine, for example, workers in the transport sector. You can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation.
If you are travelling by air you must also fill in a health declaration and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally at check-in.
For some areas of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom certain restrictions apply, please see www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl (in Dutch).

 

Lockdown Details

Strict measures are in place. The most updated information is available at www.government.nl

Everyone aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport. In secondary schools, secondary vocational (MBO) schools, and institutions for higher education (HBO and universities) everyone must wear a face mask except during lessons/lectures.

1.5 metre physical distancing is required in the street, in shops and other buildings, and at work.

For all shops, there is a limit on the number of shoppers allowed inside at the same time. Some shops may require reservations. Shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothes shops, can be open between 06:00 and 20:00. Supermarkets and other shops selling essential goods may operate in accordance with their usual opening hours. Wearing a face mask in shops is compulsory.

Tourist accommodations are open. Campsites and holiday parks are open. However, establishments, including hotels, are not allowed to serve food or drinks.

You should wear a non-medical face mask in all indoor public spaces. You have to keep 1.5 metre distance from people who are not part of your household, and hygene rules must be respected.

Outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés may open from 12:00 to 18:00, with a maximum of 50 seated guests. No more than 2 people may be seated at a table, sitting 1.5 metres apart. This limit does not apply if everyone at the table is part of the same household or if the party includes children under 13.

Indoor establishments serving food and drinks can provide a takeaway or delivery service.

Takeaway establishments may be open until 01.00, but alcohol may not be sold after 20.00. Cannabis cafés must close at 20.00.

Customers should only enter an establishment to pick up their order. Using slot machines, for example, is not allowed;

Food and drink may be served:
-at funeral locations
-in company cafeterias
-at healthcare institutions, to patients and people visiting patients
-in locations for daytime groups for vulnerable people
-at airports (after the security check)
 

Sources

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