Will customs controls for travellers change after Brexit?

December 24, 2020, 4 pm: The information on this page will possibly be updated in accordance with the partnership between the EU and the UK.

Customs controls will not change until after 31 December 2020, when the transition period ends.

Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary. You can find out more on the page about Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad.

If new agreements are made

During the transition period, the EU and the UK will hold negotiations on their future relationship. Discussions about customs controls may form part of these negotiations. More information will become available over the course of 2020.

If no new agreements are made

After the transition period the UK will be treated as a third country. This means that, when travelling to and from the UK, the same rules will apply as when travelling to and from other third countries, such as the United States and Japan. Customs controls for travel to the UK will therefore change. When returning to the Netherlands, you may also experience more in-depth customs controls than now. This is because different customs rules to the ones currently in place will apply if you wish to bring goods with you from the UK.