Will I need a visa to travel to the Netherlands after 1 January 2021?

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter the Netherlands. You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. You will, however, still need to meet certain requirements

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.

The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in the Netherlands or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

If you’re planning a stay of longer than 3 months, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by the Dutch government. 

IMPORTANT! Entry rules in response to the coronavirus COVID-19

From 1 January 2021, non-EU/EEA nationals and nationals of non-Schengen states, including UK nationals, will not be permitted entry to the Netherlands for non-essential purposes due to EU-wide COVID-19 restrictions. There are some limited exemptions to this requirement. International arrivals from outside the EU and Schengen countries remain subject to entry checks to prevent non-essential travel.

This measure does not apply to UK nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands, who will be allowed to re-enter the country. UK nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands will, from 1 January 2021, have to demonstrate they have a residency permit, a certificate of application or a document with their address, and may be subject to questioning by the border authorities when they arrive in the Netherlands.

People travelling to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom by air or sea must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test result and a declaration with their signature. If they cannot do so, they may not travel to the Netherlands and will not be permitted to board the aircraft or ferry. Once they arrive in the Netherlands, all passengers are strongly urged to quarantine themselves for a period of 10 days.