Netherlands (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 05.02.2021
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.
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, United Kingdom 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. Flights from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep. Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela to the Netherlands are suspended until 22 February 2021.
4. Passengers and airline crew entering or transiting through the Netherlands must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test. The passenger must not leave the airport after performing the test. The test must have been taken at most 4 hours before departure from the first embarkation point or before departure of the last direct flight to the Netherlands. Tests accepted are: antigen, Molecular, NAAT, TMA ID-NOW, LAMP or PCR.
– This does not apply:
– to passengers younger than 13 years;
– to passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– to passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
– to airline crew who do not leave the aircraft in a country other than Aruba, Australia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, China (People’s Rep.), Curacao, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Maarten or Thailand;
– when arriving from Aruba, Australia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, China (People’s Rep.), Curacao, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Maarten or Thailand. Updates on this list of countries can be obtained at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries .
5. Passengers entering or transiting through the Netherlands must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y9ec342o .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 13 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– students residing and studying in Switzerland, the United Kingdom or an EEA Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
– passengers with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) LAMP rapid test taken at most 4 hours before departure from the first embarkation point or before departure of the last direct flight to the Netherlands;
– passengers arriving from Aruba, Australia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, China (People’s Rep.), Curacao, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Maarten or Thailand. Updates on this list of countries can be obtained at: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries
6. 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.
7. A completed “Negative Test Declaration” must be printed and presented upon arrival. The form can be found at https://www.government.nl/documents/forms/2020/12/04/coronavirus-negative-test-declaration-form .
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 13 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– students residing and studying in Switzerland, the United Kingdom or an EEA Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers arriving from Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Curacao, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Maarten Sweden, Switzerland or Thailand.
8. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 10 days. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19 .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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 until at least 2 March 2021. There is a national curfew between 21.00 and 04.30 hours. During this time people may only leave the house for essential purposes, and need to carry a certificate as proof.

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.

Non-essential shops are closed. In shops that are still open, such as supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, gas stations, postal services, animal care shops, banks, car shops, dry cleaners and tailors, everyone aged 13 or over has to wear a non-medical face mask, and keep 1.5 metre distance from people who are not part of their household. Hygene rules must be respected.

From 10 february onwards, non-essential shops can offer a pick-up point outdoors.
Many larger supermarkets offer special shopping hours for older people and those in vulnerable groups only.

Establishments serving food and drink may only provide a takeaway or delivery service.
 

Sources

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