Below, you will find an overview of what to keep in mind when travelling abroad, the travel restrictions and what measures are in place when you arrive in the Netherlands.
From 15 May 2021, you may travel to countries with a low number of corona infections. The colour codes for these countries are labeled green or yellow in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advisories. Do keep in mind the following:
- Every journey is a risk, even if the countries are labeled safe. The situation in a country might change quickly.
- Most countries have measures in place to control the virus, which also apply to tourists.
- Some countries impose travel restrictions on incoming passengers from the Netherlands, even those who are vaccinated.
- Keep checking the travel advice: before, during and after your trip. You can do so on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch)
More information on travelling abroad (information for people from the Netherlands) can be found on the government's website.
Digital Covid Certificates (DCC)
To facilitate safe free movement of citizens within the EU, all EU Member States have agreed on a system of Digital Covid Certificates. This is digital proof that a person has either:
- been vaccinated against COVID-19
- received a negative test result
- recovered from COVID-19
PCR test locations
You can get a PCR test to travel at the following locations:
- Spoedtest.nl, Breestraat 65 Leiden & Wilhelminalaan 4 Alphen aan den Rijn
- Coronalab.eu, Fluwelen Burgwal 54 The Hague & Flemingweg 18R Alphen aan den Rijn
- Healthcheckcentres.nl, Zijdeweg 54 Wassenaar
People travelling abroad from the Netherlands in July and August can get tested for free. These free tests are intended for people who are not yet fully vaccinated and are required to show a negative test result before travelling abroad. You can find more information here (in Dutch). Be sure to check that your free test will meet your destination country's requirements (particularly if you are travelling to the UK).
Entry ban and high risk countries
An entry ban is still partially in place for people from outside the EU, which means they cannot enter the EU or Schengen area. As of 16 March, the entry ban has lifted for business travellers, students, highly skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative sectors and those in long-term relationships with someone in the Netherlands. The categories of exemptions are updated regularly. Visit the government's website for an updated list.
The travel ban does not apply to people living in countries with a low COVID-19 risk. A negative test results or self-quarantine in not required for them as well. Countries from within the EU/Schengen area, Kingdom of the Netherlands and outside the EU/Schengen area are on this list. You can find an updated version of them here. Please keep in mind that the status of these countries might change, soo consult the webpage regularly.
As of 1 June 2021, there is no longer a ban on flights from India, South Africa and countries in Central and South America. People who return from these countries, or others with a very high COVID-19 risk, are obliged to go in quarantine and must provide a negative PCR test. On top of that, you must provide a quarantine declaration.
If you return from a country with an alarming COVID-19 variant, you must provide a negative rapid test upon departure. More information is provided on the government's website.
As of 15 June, people who return from the UK, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal must go into mandatory quarantine upon arrival. More information on additional measures and exemptions can be found here.
Negative test results
If you decide to travel to the Netherlands, keep in mind that you have to provide a negative NAAT (PCR) test result before departure, unless you are coming from a country that is listed by the EU or if you are a diplomat or lorry driver.
If you travel by aircraft or ship, you are asked to provide a negative rapid test result next to the NAAT (PCR) test result. This is not necessary if you can provide a negative NAAT (PCR) result, based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding. See this website if you want to check locations in your country of departure to get both a NAAT and rapid test.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must self-quarantine for 10 days. You can get tested on day 5 after your arrival. If the test is negative, you can end your self-quarantine. There are some exceptions, such as if you have travelled for a funeral or a necessary family visit. Check the full list of exceptions here.
For more information on what to keep in mind when you travel to the Netherlands, visit the government's website.
Below, you can find an overview of travelling to and from the Netherlands during COVID-19.
- Re-open EU - This tool provides an overview of the COVID-19 situation in a number of European countries.
- Tourism in the Netherlands - Here you can find all of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about tourism in the Netherlands
- Travelling within the Netherlands - Find out all of the information you need to know about travelling within the Netherlands.
- Schiphol COVID-19 Updates - Find all of the information you need about travelling through Schiphol.
- COVID-19 In Germany - Find all the information you need about travelling to Germany and the measures you need to be aware of.
- COVID-19 Belgium - Find all the information you need to be aware of when travelling to Belgium and any measures that may be required.