COVID-19 travel restrictions: the Netherlands

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This article has been written on the February 22, 2022 and contains accurate information. However, we highly recommend you check the latest travel requirements before you book a trip since covid regulations are constantly updating.

Can I enter the Netherlands?

As of April 2022, the Netherlands is open for tourism. However, a number of COVID-19 restrictions are still in force.

Please be aware that the first thing all travelers must do when traveling to the Netherlands is complete a Health Declaration Form in English or Dutch.

Motion blurred cyclist manWhen in the Netherlands, take a bicycle to reach all points of interest as a true local — Shutterstock

Traveling to the Netherlands from and outside the EU and Schengen Area

As of April 2022, the Netherlands government divides all countries into the following categories:

  • The EU and Schengen Area countries and countries in the EU travel rules scheme
  • “Safe” countries outside the EU and Schengen Area 
  • Third countries

Traveling to the Netherlands from the EU and Schengen Area countries

The following countries are on the list now:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Travel documents

At presents, no COVID-19 certificates are required if you travel from the EU and Schengen Area countries.

Traveling to the Netherlands from the countries in the EU travel rules scheme

The countries in the EU travel rules scheme include:

  • Andorra
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Spitsbergen
  • Vatican City
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

At presents, no COVID-19 certificates are required if you travel from the EU travel rules countries.

Traveling to the Netherlands from the “safe” countries outside the EU and Schengen Area

The list of “safe” countries outside the EU and Schengen Area includes:

  • Bahrain 
  • Chile
  • China, mainland 
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macau SAR 
  • New Zealand
  • Peru 
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan 
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

Travel documents

At present, no COVID-19 certificates are required if you travel from safe non-EU countries.

Traveling to the Netherlands from other countries

The EU travel ban applies to all other countries not mentioned above. However, you still can travel to the Netherlands from third countries if you meet the following requirements:

  • Vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Recovered from COVID-19
  • A national or a resident of the EU or Schengen country
  • Working, studying, business purpose for entry
  • Transit

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19

Please note that unvaccinated travelers can not enter the Netherlands from third countries unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Red heart tape on footpath with word in dutchA graphic on a footpath in the Netherlands, reminding people to keep physical distancing — Shutterstock

Can I leave the Netherlands?

Currently, it is possible to leave the Netherlands and travel to almost all countries.

However, please be aware of COVID-19-related regulations when coming back. The required documents to come back are the same as to enter the Netherlands. Please scroll up to the “Traveling to the Netherlands from and outside the EU and Schengen Area” section to learn them.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have one of the following documents to leave the Netherlands:

  • The EU digital COVID certificate (to travel within the EU)
  • Another document confirming vaccination (to travel outside the EU)

In addition, learn the requirements about showing a negative test and other health declarations of your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands currently

The COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands is moderate now. COVID-19 regulations are in place to prevent the illness from spreading.

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to the Netherlands right now?

As of January 2022, traveling to the Netherlands is safe provided you follow local regulations:
  • Wearing masks indoors is mandatory
  • Cultural venues like cafes, museums, and cinemas must close at 17:00
  • Presentation of vaccination, recovery, or test proofs at the entrance of most public places is obligatory

Is Amsterdam open for travel?

Amsterdam is open for travel now. Please adhere to all nationwide COVID-19 rules mentioned above.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to the Netherlands?

Presently, arrivals in the Netherlands do not have to undergo quarantine or self-isolation.

How do I get a health pass to travel to the Netherlands?

If you are traveling from the EU and Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit to install the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travelers from outside the EU countries should carry their paper documents.

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