Travelling abroad (information for people living in the Netherlands)
Are you travelling to the Netherlands from abroad? Read more information before you travel.
You may travel to countries with a low number of coronavirus infections. These are deemed safe countries. They are shaded green or yellow in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advisories. Do not go to ‘orange’ or ‘red’ countries for your holiday. The infection rate is too high there.
- A small number of countries are ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ (information in Dutch only). This may change in the months to come. The coronavirus situation is still very uncertain, so it is impossible to predict what the possibilities will be in the summer months.
- Every journey is a risk, even to safe countries. The situation in a country can change quickly. There could be a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, or a new variant of concern could evolve.
- Most countries have measures in place to control the virus. These measures also apply to tourists, including people who have been vaccinated. Some countries impose travel restrictions on incoming passengers from the Netherlands. You may need to quarantine upon arrival in a country with a ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ travel advice.
- If you have travel plans, always check the latest travel advice in the BZ Travel App or on Nederlandwereldwijd.nl (in Dutch only). The travel advice tells you if your holiday destination is safe. And if a mandatory quarantine or negative test requirement applies to travellers from the Netherlands.
- Check the travel advice before, during and after your trip. In the Travel App you can mark your holiday destination as a favourite. Then you will receive automatic notifications if anything changes at your holiday destination.
- Travellers coming to the Netherlands from ‘orange’ areas must show a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days immediately on arrival. Do the Quarantine Check for Travellers.
- You may quarantine in temporary accommodation or holiday accommodation, such as a hotel. You can get tested five days after arriving in the Netherlands. If you test negative for coronavirus, you may end the quarantine. If you develop symptoms before day 5, get tested immediately. If the results of this test are negative you cannot end your quarantine until a new test carried out on or after day 5 comes back negative. For more information, consult the Quarantine Check for Travellers.
- In a few exceptional circumstances, the quarantine period for travellers can be interrupted. Outside those these scenarios, you should comply with the rules for self-quarantine.
- An exemption applies to cross-border commuters, students and schoolchildren.
- If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while quarantining, contact the municipal health service (GGD) and arrange to get tested.
There are not many places in the world that have the virus under control. The colour codes of travel advisories can change quickly due to the coronavirus situation in other countries. This means your booking may get cancelled.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling:
- Contact the local health authorities, stay in your accommodation, avoid contact with others and get tested.
- If you test positive for coronavirus, follow the instructions and advice of the local health authorities. You should also contact your local municipal health service (GGD, in Dutch only) in the Netherlands.
- Your family members and or travelling companions may also need to go into quarantine.
If you develop any symptoms after returning to the Netherlands, stay at home, avoid contact with others and get tested. To make an appointment to get tested call 0800 1202 or go to coronatest.nl (in Dutch only).
Travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom
- If you do travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, you must meet the local entry requirements. Always check the latest travel advice for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius in the BZ Travel App or on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch only). The travel advice tells you whether it is safe to go on holiday to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. And if travellers from the Netherlands are required to quarantine or present a negative coronavirus test result
Countries with a yellow, orange or red travel advisory
- If you want to go on holiday abroad, make sure you travel smart. Every journey is a risk. Check the latest travel advice on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch only) and only go to countries with a ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ travel advice.
- The travel advice tells you if your holiday destination is safe. And if a mandatory quarantine or negative test requirement applies to travellers from the Netherlands.
- During your holiday, keep an eye on how the situation is developing in the region where you are staying.
- Download the BZ Travel App and set it up so you receive automatic notifications if anything changes at your destination.
- Always follow the local coronavirus rules – during your journey, at your destination and when you come back home. This also applies if you have been vaccinated.
- If you return from a country that is not considered ‘safe’ and do not have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from coronavirus, the government advice is to either do a self-test or get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) on day 2 and day 5 after your arrival in the Netherlands.