Everything you need to know when traveling to the Netherlands

13 October 2021

Travelers who wish to enter or return to the Netherlands must be mindful of the distinctions that are made between the countries they are travelling from. This article sheds light on the current rules.

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Traveling from countries inside the EU/Schengen area

If traveling from a country which is considered safe, no proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative test result is needed. If traveling from a country which is considered high-risk, a proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result is required. A proof of recovery includes the Digital COVID Certificate. A negative COVID-19 test results applies to everyone aged 12 or above.

There is no self-quarantine required when traveling from a country within the EU/Schengen area. You do have to fill in a health declaration if you are aged 13 or above.

Traveling from countries outside the EU/Schengen area

If you are traveling from a safe country outside the EU/Schengen area a negative test result is required. In some cases, a proof of vaccination is sufficient. Non-EU nationals can travel with paper proof of vaccination, except if travelling from very high-risk area.

If you are traveling from a high-risk or from a very high-risk area outside the EU/Schengen area, you can only enter the EU if you are fully vaccinated, you are a family member who is exempt from the EU entry ban, or the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. In all cases, you have to fill out a health declaration if you are aged 13 or above before entering the Netherlands.

Concerning the high-risk countries, you must show a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test results if aged 12 or above. No-self quarantine is required.

Regarding the very-high risk countries, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result if aged 12 or above, even if you have been vaccinated. You have to self-quarantine and you must be able to show a completed, printed, and signed quarantine declaration. If you are fully vaccinated, self-quarantine is however not mandatory.

Because the status of countries can change very quickly, we recommend you to always check the government’s website before traveling.