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Netherlands: COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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Netherlands is one of the most visited countries in the world  receiving over 17 million annual visitors prior to the pandemic. 

The country is now looking to revitalize its tourism sector after being decimated by the coronavirus.  

Below are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for the Netherlands and everything you need to know before booking your trip. 

Traditional dutch windmills and houses near the canal in Zaanstad village, Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
Traditional dutch windmills and houses near the canal in Zaanstad village, Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

Update: The Netherlands has entered into a lockdown from December 15 lasting until at least February 2021 that will greatly affect your trip.

On January 23, 2021 flights from certain countries are temporarily banned

Countries Permitted To Visit The Netherlands

The following countries are permitted to enter the Netherlands:

Accurate as of January 15

  • All EU Countries
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • San Marino
  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
Colorful houses in Reitdiephaven, a district in Groningen, Netherlands

Netherlands Health Declaration Form

All travelers arriving by air in the Netherlands must carry a completed Health Declaration Form and have it ready to show on request during your journey. You may be required to present the form before boarding, while on the plane and upon arrival. 

Coffeeshop Smokey is a cannabis coffee shop located on the biggest square in Amsterdam, Rembrandt Square

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Effective December 28 2020, ALL passengers entering or transiting The Netherlands must have proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to boarding. 

Effective January 23, 2021 ALL passengers entering will also need to show proof of a rapid antigen test, taken no more than 4 hours before boarding the flight.

Tourists Arriving in Amsterdam
Tourists Arriving in Amsterdam

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

According to the Netherlands government, all travelers arriving from the following areas ‘should’ self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

You should self-quarantine if you’re travelling from:

    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Croatia
    • Curacao
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland: Päijät-Häme and Helsinki-Uusimaa region, including the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland: counties of Dublin, Donegal, Limerick and Louth
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Norway: City of Oslo and the county of Viken
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • San Marino
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain: except the Canary Islands
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
Traveler waits for a train in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to the Netherlands. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the Netherlands 

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in the Netherlands:

  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (approx. 2 arm’s lengths) from other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
Keep Distance of 1.5 meter Warning Sign on Digital Display in a public park. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Keep Distance of 1.5 meter Warning Sign on Digital Display in a public park. Amsterdam, Netherlands

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

The Netherlands has not announced if a proof of vaccine record for entry will be mandatory in the future. 

Visa Entry Requirements For Netherlands During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in the Netherlands will need to follow regular visa requirements.

Use this government tool to find out if you need a visa before traveling to the Netherlands.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at the Netherlands embassy/consulate in their home country.  

Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam

Netherlands Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete and carry the Netherlands Health Declaration form
  2. Ensure your country is permitted to visit the Netherlands for tourism
  3. Check if you need a visa to visit the Netherlands
  4. Check recommended quarantines for traveling from certain regions 
  5. Follow all health protocols while in the Netherlands

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Disclaimer: Current Netherlands travel rules can change without notice and are 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.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


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Originally Published: August 29

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Carby Edwards

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Right now during the situation of COVID-19 it is very necessary to take care of ourselves, during this pandemic if you are travelling, you should take care of your health and safety on the first priority. In such a situation this blog is a savior and helps with different tips to travel to Netherlands in such a situation. I just want to know that in the current situations, can I get a Netherlands visa appointment, because when I tried earlier the visa centers were closed for visas and could not proceed with the application. Once I get to know about this only then I will proceed with booking the hotel and other itinerary.

Davy Karta

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Please update. Tests in The Netherlands are now mandatory.


Saturday 19th of December 2020

Hi im a Peruvian citizen currently in uk for last 2 weeks. Will my husband is a uk citizen, will I be able to travel?

ashok harland varma

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

What about coming to Amsterdam from Ukraine?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

No sorry, it's not authorized at this time

Leonard van Linschoten

Monday 30th of November 2020

I’m a Dutch citizen and live in Florida I’ve been back and forth many times this year but now I’d like to take my wife who’s a US citizen. Can I bring her with marriage certificate and my with last name in her blue US passport or would we still get issues?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

My understanding is that the spouse of a Dutch citizen, especially when traveling together, will be permitted entry. Of course, it's always best to check with local authorities