Travel restrictions related to COVID-19: The Netherlands – Kiwi.com

This article was written on February 22, 2022 and contains accurate information. However, we strongly recommend that you check the latest travel requirements before booking a trip as covid regulations are constantly being updated.

Can I enter the Netherlands?

Since January 2022, the Netherlands has been open to tourism in a limited number of countries. Please take your time to learn the information presented below to determine if you can enter the Netherlands and what COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

In the Netherlands, take a bike to reach all the points of interest like a real local — Shutterstock

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

As of January 12, 2022, the Dutch government divides all countries into the following categories:

  • EU and Schengen countries
  • EU travel rules system countries
  • “Safe” countries outside the EU and the Schengen area
  • “Very high risk with a worrying variant of the virus » countries outside the EU and the Schengen area
  • “Very high risk without a worrying variant of the virus » countries outside the EU and the Schengen area
  • “High risk” countries

Traveling to the Netherlands from EU and Schengen countries

The following countries are now on the list:

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

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate
  • The health declaration form

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

  • The health declaration form
  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 not older than 180 days Where a negative antigen test less than 24 hours old / a PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

Traveling to the Netherlands from countries under the EU travel rules regime

Countries in the EU travel rules system include:

  • Andorra
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland
  • monaco
  • Svalbard (Spitzbergen)
  • Vatican City
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • curacao
  • Saint-Martin

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate
  • The health declaration form

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

  • The health declaration form
  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 not older than 180 days Where a negative antigen test result less than 24 hours old or a PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

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

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

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China (EU travel ban applies until China lifts entry restrictions on European travellers)
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macau SAR
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate
  • The health declaration form
  • A negative antigen test less than 24 hours old / a PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

  • The health declaration form
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 not older than 180 days or negative antigen test result not older than 24 hours / PCR test not older than 48 hours upon arrival

Traveling to the Netherlands from ‘very high risk’ countries with no virus variants of concern outside the EU and Schengen area

A list of countries “at very high risk without viral variants of concern” outside the EU and Schengen Area includes:

  • Afghanistan
  • Anguilla
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Georgia
  • Haiti
  • Jordan
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Somalia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • united states of america
  • Venezuela

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate
  • The health declaration form
  • A negative antigen test less than 24 hours old / a PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

  • The health declaration form
  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 less than 180 days old or negative antigen test result less than 24 hours old or PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

Traveling to the Netherlands from ‘very high risk’ countries with a virus variant of concern outside the EU and Schengen area

A list of country “at very high risk with a variant of the virus of concern” outside the EU and Schengen Area includes:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Please note that foreign arrivals of the countries mentioned above are prohibited from entering the Netherlands.

Only citizens of the Netherlands can enter from these countries provided, in addition to the other necessary documents, that they present:

  • A negative PCR test carried out no later than 24 hours before departure, Where
  • A negative PCR test taken no later than 48 hours before departure and a negative antigen test result taken no later than 24 hours before departure

Traveling to the Netherlands from “high risk” countries

All other countries not mentioned above are considered “high risk” countries.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate
  • The health declaration form
  • A negative antigen test less than 24 hours old / a PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

  • The health declaration form
  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 less than 180 days old or negative antigen test result less than 24 hours old or PCR test less than 48 hours old on arrival

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

Can I leave the Netherlands?

Currently, it is possible to leave the Netherlands and travel to almost any country.

However, please be aware of COVID-19 related regulations when returning. The documents required to return are the same as to enter the Netherlands. Please scroll to “Travelling to the Netherlands from and outside the EU and the 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 (for travel within the EU)
  • Another document confirming vaccination (for travel outside the EU)

Also, learn in advance about the requirements for presenting a negative test and other health declarations of your destination country.

Travel documents if you are not vaccinated

If you are not vaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

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

Current situation of COVID-19 in the Netherlands

The COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands is moderate now. COVID-19 regulations are in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to the Netherlands right now?

Since January 2022, traveling to the Netherlands is safe provided you comply with local regulations:
  • Wearing a mask indoors is mandatory
  • Cultural venues such as cafes, museums and cinemas must close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Presentation of proof of vaccination, recovery or test at the entrance to most public places is compulsory

Is Amsterdam open for travel?

Amsterdam is now open for travel. Please observe all national COVID-19 rules mentioned above.

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

Travelers are exempt from quarantine if they come from:
  • EU and Schengen countries
  • EU travel rules system countries
  • “Safe” countries outside the EU and the Schengen area
  • “High risk” countries
Regardless of their vaccination status, travelers must undergo quarantine if they come from:
  • Countries “at very high risk with a variant of the virus of concern” outside the EU and the Schengen area
  • Countries “at very high risk without virus variants of concern” outside the EU and the Schengen area

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 very beneficial to install the EU COVID digital certificate. Travelers outside EU countries must carry their paper documents.

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