Travelling to the Netherlands from Abroad

6 January 2021

Due to the lockdown, non-essential travel to the Netherlands is currently not permitted. If you need to make a necessary journey, first check you can meet these government requirements.


Due to the national lockdown, non-essential travel to the Netherlands is currently not permitted.
You may be refused at the border if your journey is deemed non-essential, or you fail to meet the Covid-19 safety requirements.  
You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary.

Exempt Situations
You can check the Dutch government's website for a full list of permitted situations here.

These include, for example, if you are a permanent resident of the Netherlands and/or have a valid residence permit.
Please note you will be required to show proof of this at border control. 

Negative Covid-19 Test Requirement
All travellers to the Netherlands must present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, taken within 72 hours before arrival.

Travellers from EU/Schengen countries:
You can read the Dutch Government's requirements for PCR Covid-19 tests here.

Travellers from countries outside the EU:
You must also present a signed Negative Test Declaration. You can find this, along with more detailed information about valid PCR tests here.

UPDATE 15-01-21
Travellers from the UK, Ireland, or South Africa must provide a negative rapid test, negative PCR test and declaration form. More information here.

Self-Quarantine After Arrival
Even with a negative Covid-19 test, all travellers to the Netherlands must quarantine for 10 days after their arrival. See full details here.