Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary. The borders remain open. 

Cross-border traffic and exemptions

Only essential cross-border traffic – including goods transport, cross-border commuting and travel by keyworkers – is possible. If you do travel to the Netherlands, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. In certain circumstances entry restrictions to the Netherlands are being eased and exemptions to the travel ban apply. Whether you can travel to the Netherlands depends on your situation.

Symptoms of coronavirus during your stay

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) during your stay:

  • Stay in your holiday accommodation, get in touch with the local health authorities, avoid contact with others and get tested.
  • Your family members and/or travelling companions may also need to go into quarantine.

What is your situation?

Family members that can travel with you

Family members that can travel with you are:

  • Family members of a national of a European Union (EU) country:
    • your spouse;
    • the person you have a registered partnership with;
    • your children or grandchildren, or those of your spouse or registered partner, up to and including 20 years of age (or children or grandchildren who are dependent on you);
    • your parents or grandparents, or those of your spouse or registered partner, if they are dependent on you;
    • the person you have a long-term relationship with (at least the past 6 months), and any children or grandchildren of this partner (up to and including 17 years of age).
  • Family members of a national of a third country who is lawfully resident in the Netherlands on regular grounds (with the exception of residence on the basis of study and seasonal work):
    • your spouse;
    • the person you have a registered partnership or a long-term (at least 6 months) relationship with;
    • your minor children (up to and including 17 years of age) and the minor children of your partner (with the other parent's permission).
  • Family members of a national of a third country who is lawfully resident in the Netherlands on asylum grounds.

For more information on lawful residence on regular grounds and lawful residence on asylum grounds, see the IND’s website.

While in the Netherlands

  • Visitors from abroad must follow all the rules in place in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Measures may be taken at popular tourist sites to prevent these places from becoming too busy.
  • Stay in your accommodation. Travel as little as possible. Travel by bicycle or on foot for short journeys if possible.
  • Travellers who develop coronavirus symptoms are advised to stay in their accommodation, avoid contact with others and arrange a test with the municipal health service (GGD). If they test positive for coronavirus they must self-isolate. Their family members must self-quarantine. People with coronavirus symptoms are not allowed to travel.
  • They must cover the costs of self-isolation or self-quarantine themselves. If their accommodation is not suitable for isolation/quarantine, the GGD will help them find a suitable location.