On June 15th, the Netherlands reopened to tourists from countries in the European Union and the Schengen area.
Then on July 1st, to a further list of countries outside the EU.
The announcement made on June 3rd stated that foreign tourists from countries where the health risks were similar or lower than the Netherlands would be admitted into the country for tourism and recreation purposes.
The Netherlands will remove its border closure rules on June 15th to 30 countries who are part of the EU, Schengen or EFTA.
Here are the countries that can travel to the Netherlands as of June 15th:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Originally when we published this article on June 7th, Sweden and the United Kingdom were included, then removed, now reinstated again.
As of 15 June, it is possible for tourists from several European countries to visit the Netherlands.— Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇳🇱 (@DutchMFA) June 3, 2020
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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 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.
The government is asking all tourists to abide by these rules while they visit The Netherlands:
- Arrive with a valid reservation. They state you may be turned away at the border if you have no pre-booked accommodations.
- Social distance from other people. 1.5 meters.
- Use masks on public transportation
- Wash hands frequently and cover mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Report any symptoms if they develop during your trip
What's Open in The Netherlands?
Tourists and visitors to the Netherlands will find that mostly everything is open but might look different than the norm or have different hours and protocols.
Here’s what’s open in the Netherlands:
- Many hotels and inns
- Cinemas (max of 30 people)
- Campsites and Holiday parks (with no facilities or private facilities/ no shared facilities)
- Events, concerts and festivals under 100 people
- Restaurants and bars (max of 30 people, reservation only)
- Outdoor sports like golf and tennis
- Spas, salons and barbers (reservation only)
- Museums and galleries (max 30 people)
- Public transit (at 40% capacity)
- Gyms, saunas and casinos are scheduled to open July 1st, pending health updates.
*The 30-person limit in cinemas, museums, and restaurants may lift to 100 people on July 1st, pending health updates.
Are tourists from the United States allowed to travel to the Netherlands?
No. Americans coming from USA cannot travel to the Netherlands on holiday at this time.
Are airlines flying into The Netherlands?
Yes. Many airlines are flying into the Netherlands in June and expanding services into July and August. KLM, the official airline for the Netherlands says it will fly to and from 45 cities in June and expand that to around 75 cities in July.
Just last year in 2019, the Netherlands was struggling to handle the huge number of incoming tourists and decided to stop promoting inbound travel and shift their attention to simply managing the ones already coming in. The Netherlands saw a record of over 19 million tourists in 2019, and that number was expected to rise higher this year.
However, now halfway through 2020, the situation could not be more opposite. With the border closures arrivals plummeted to a fraction of what they were in 2019. Some Dutch residents have admitted this ‘reset' was one of the best cures for battling over-tourism in their most visited cities.
Disclaimer: The Netherlands‘s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We will do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information.