The Netherlands opened the border on June 15, 2020 to a list of EU countries, and July 1, 2020 to an expanded list of third-party countries outside the EU.
Which countries can travel to the Netherlands?
We have the full country list updated below, which includes the EU nations that have been able to travel to the Netherlands since June, as well as the third-party countries outside the EU that have just been given permission to travel to Netherlands starting July 1, 2020.
Netherlands first reopened to tourism on June 15st by allowing visitors in from EU nations.
Here is the current list of EU nations that have been allowed to travel into the Netherlands since June 15:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Update July 25:
Travellers from Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, 2 areas in Spain (Segrià and La Mariña-Lugo) and 1 area in Portugal (Vale do Tejo, this includes Lisbon) and 1 area in the United Kingdom (Leicester), are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the Netherlands.
- Sweden and United Kingdom were originally given access, then revoked later in June, and now have been re-added once again.
- The government states entry will also be granted to family members of the above countries, considered as children, spouse, registered partner with proof of cohabitation of 6 months.
Third-Party Countries Allowed into the Netherlands
On June 30th, The EU published a list of approved countries that can travel to countries inside the European Union for the purpose of tourism, starting on July 1st, 2020. The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country was given the freedom to make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
The Netherlands has responded favourably to the EU’s suggestion by reopening borders to the countries on the list.
Third-party countries granted entry into the Netherlands
In line with EU guidelines, Netherlands will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries July 1:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China (Only if China will allow Netherlands to visit, which is currently does not)
This list of countries is not final and can change. It is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
As of 1 July 2020, the Netherlands has lifted the travel ban for certain groups of travellers, allowing permanent (long-term) residents of several countries outside of the European Union to enter the Netherlands.— Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇳🇱 (@DutchMFA) July 1, 2020
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Is entry into the Netherlands based on physical location for the last 14-days, or nationality?
Netherlands has said the lists are not based on nationality, but what ‘residency’ the traveler has.
In an exact quote/example from the Netherlands And You government page:
“This explicitly concerns residents of countries, not nationals. E.g. an American (US on the list of countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted) resident in Australia (list of countries for which the travel ban has been lifted) is allowed to travel to Europe.”
Is there testing or quarantines upon arrival in the Netherlands?
No. For the approved countries listed above, at this time, there is no mandatory testing or quarantines upon arrival into the Netherlands.
Passengers should expect a health screening from a border officer, as well as agree to temperature scans. Passengers on all inbound and outbound flights must complete a statement with questions about health concerns appropriate to COVID-19. In addition, a health check must be performed by airline personnel upon check-in and before entering the aircraft.
Other entry rules:
The Netherlands makes the wearing of a non-medical mask mandatory for passengers on the plane and at the Dutch airports during check-in, security and border processes and boarding.
Have Flights Resumed Into the Netherlands?
Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Dutch airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.
Can I Transit through Amsterdam Airport?
Yes, if you are in possession of a travel ticket to a third (non-EU) country, you can travel via Schiphol to a third country, provided you will not leave the international transit zone of the airport.
Can the USA Travel To the Netherlands?
No, not at this time.
Netherlands and #LoveIsNotTourism movement
As of July 27, the Netherlands has been allowing bi-national couples that have been kept apart from the EU travel ban to finally come back together.
Example: An American with a Dutch boyfriend can now reunite in the Netherlands, despite the current travel ban.
The government states that one party of the couple must be a Dutch national, currently living in the Netherlands. The relationship has to have existed for at least 3 months, and you would have had to see each other in person at least 2 times, or, 1 time for an uninterrupted period of at least 4 weeks. The partner who is visiting must have a return ticket and abide by all normal entry rules.
We have all the details like how to apply, what proof is needed, and everything else you need to know on our #LoveIsNotTourism page
Disclaimer: Netherlands’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.