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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 in 2021 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

Residents of following countries are permitted to enter the Netherlands:

Accurate as of September 2021

  • All EU Countries
  • Third-party ‘safe’ nations of: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau, all based on reciprocity), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States
  • Caribbean nations of: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatius, St.Maarten

However, different entry rules will be applied depending on risk level of the above nations. Some EU nations are considered ‘high-risk’ and will require testing and/or quarantines, while lower risk nations can enter test/quarantine free. Details below.

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.

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Low risk (safe) nations and high-risk nations have different testing rules.

No negative test result or self-quarantine required for low risk ‘safe’ nations

The Netherlands Government Site reads: “If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands.”

From September 3, 2021, here are the ‘safe’ low risk EU nations:

  • Czech Republic
  • Latvia 
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia 

The EU ‘high-risk’ nations:

  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Estonia  
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany (from 6 September onwards)
  • Greece 
  • Hungary (from 6 September onwards)
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Italy, including Sicily 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malta 
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland 
  • Third-Party ‘Safe’ Nations: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau, all based on reciprocity), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand,
  • Safe countries/regions within the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Saba, St Eustatius

Negative test result and self-quarantine required for high-risk EU nations

Any EU nations not listed above are considered high risk at this time. Passengers from these nations will need to provide a negative covid test taken no longer than 24 hours before the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: PCR, NAAT, LAMP, TMA. Some exceptions for this test, like proof of recent recovery or a combination of other test types are accepted.

They will also have to perform a 10-day quarantine, which can be shortened to 5-days if another test is done on Day 5.

Very High Risk Third-Party Nations

The United States and many other third-party countries that are considered very high-risk can only enter if they are fully vaccinated. Non-vaccinated passengers cannot enter for tourism and non-essential reasons.

In conjunction with being fully vaccinated, they will also have to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements listed directly above.

Tourists Arriving in Amsterdam
Tourists Arriving in Amsterdam

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:

  • Mask rules for indoors were relaxed on June 26, 2021. Now, masks are only needed on transit, stations, and secondary schools. Children under 13 are exempt.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (approx. 2 arm’s lengths) from other people.

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

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

They are currently not making exceptions for vaccinated passengers.

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 travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. 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

Sources: Netherlands GovernmentNetherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Originally Published: August 29, 2020 with updates

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Tuesday 21st of September 2021

hello, if I have a business polish visa type D and I'm planning to travel from Warsaw to Netherlands' is it possible ?


Wednesday 28th of July 2021

If your country is considered a safe list country, You can travel to the Netherlands without vaccines right?


Tuesday 27th of July 2021

I am a Canadian living in Mexico. Not a resident. Can I travel to New York for a few days and then to Amsterdam with a test? Or will I need to stay in New York for 14 days?

John Paton

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

I want to visit my daughter and son in law with my wife. To see our new grandson who was born on the 21/1/21 and we have not yet met. Also to give them both some much needed help with the new born baby. we live in the UK. My daughter and son in law (both British) have lived in Amsterdam for over ten years now, What tests etc do we need to have before we travel? Thank you. John

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

All entry requirements are listed

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.