Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

Residents from countries where the risk to health is either comparable to or lower than that of the Netherlands can visit the Netherlands.

Travelling from EU countries, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom

Travellers from EU countries, Schengen area countries and the United Kingdom can travel to the Netherlands this summer. Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please read the information about self-quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands.

Travelling from countries outside the EU

The Netherlands and the other Schengen countries as well as the United Kingdom have closed their external borders to people from outside the EU whose journey is not essential. Travellers from these countries are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the Netherlands.

An exemption has been made for certain countries. Travellers from these countries are exempt from the self-quarantine rules. The travel ban currently does not apply to travellers from:

  • Australia;
  • Canada;
  • Georgia;
  • Japan;
  • Morocco;
  • New Zealand;
  • Rwanda;
  • South Korea;
  • Thailand;
  • Tunisia;
  • Uruguay;
  • China (the ban on travellers from China will be lifted once China allows entry to EU citizens). 

This list of countries is reviewed regularly. If it is necessary to remove a country from the list, this can be done at any time. The fact that a country is on the list does not automatically mean it is possible to travel to that country from the Netherlands. Always check the travel advisory for that country (only in Dutch) on first.

If you are a in a long-distance relationship with someone from a country to which an entry ban applies, your partner may travel to the Netherlands under certain conditions. They may stay for up to 90 days.

Foreign tourists in the Netherlands

All tourists 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 avoid these places becoming too busy. Additional local measures may apply in certain Dutch cities and regions. Check the website of the city or region you will be visiting to find out what these are.

Tourists are advised to avoid busy places and travel outside peak hours. Travel by bike or on foot as much as possible for short journeys.

Tourists who develop coronavirus symptoms are advised to stay in their holiday accommodation, avoid contact with others and arrange a test with the municipal health service (GGD). Tourists who test positive for coronavirus must self-isolate. Their family members must self-quarantine. People with symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus are not allowed to travel.

Tourists must cover the costs of self-isolation or self-quarantine themselves. If their holiday accommodation is not suitable for isolation or quarantine, the GGD will help them find a suitable location.