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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

Countries Permitted To Visit The Netherlands For Tourism

The following countries are permitted to enter the Netherlands for tourism:

Accurate as of October 26

  • All EU Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • San Marino
  • Monaco
  • Vatican City
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
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 

Travelers will NOT be required to present negative COVID-19 test results on arrival. 

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
    • Aruba
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bonaire
    • Bulgaria
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark: city of Copenhagen, Faaborg-Midtfyn, Slagelse, Aarhus, Køge, Solrød and Greve 
    • France
    • Germany: the cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, München, Cologne, Aachen, Stuttgart, Essen, Mannheim and Düsseldorf
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Lithuania: City of Siauliai
    • Liechtenstein
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Poland
    • Portugal: the Lisbon and Porto region
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • St Maarten
    • Sweden: City of Uppsala
    • 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:

  • Wearing a mask is NOT currently mandatory, but is strongly suggested
  • 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 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. The Netherlands has not announced if a proof of vaccine record (POVR) 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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