Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

The Government of the Netherlands has decided to lift the European Union (EU) entry ban for the Netherlands as of 17 September 2022. Given the current epidemiological situation in the Netherlands, the Government feels that for entry to the Netherlands the EU entry ban is no longer proportional. 

The Government's decision means that as of 17 September 2022, no Covid-19 related restrictions or requirements apply to travellers entering the Netherlands, including those from countries outside the EU/Schengen Area. Except for China. 

Travellers older than 11 years old and arriving from China whose final destination is the Netherlands with a direct flight are still welcome but, as an extra precaution, they must have a negative test result. This does not apply to people who transfer/make a transfer in China. A negative test result means:

  • You must have a negative test result before you board the plane to the Netherlands.
  • The test result may have been issued on the basis of a NAAT(PCR)-test or an antigen test that is no more than 48 hours old at departure.
  • A check will take place upon arrival at Schiphol airport.

The test certificate must contain the following information:

  • Your given name and surname as stated in your passport or on your identity card;
  • Date and time you were tested;
  • The result of the antigen test or the NAAT(PCR) test;
  • The conclusion stated in Dutch or English that the tested person is not infected with covid-19 at that time;
  • A logo or characteristic of an institute or doctor where or by whom the test was administered.

There are a number of exceptions. The list of excluded travelers can be found at the end of this page.

In addition, there is an immediate urgent advice to wear a medical mouth mask on flights to and from China. You will also still receive a free self-test and information about its use at Schiphol airport.

You can find your personal travel overview at with all current entry rules if you are traveling from China to the Netherlands, for example.

Exceptions to the test obligation for travelers from China to the Netherlands

The following groups of travelers are exempt from the test obligation:

  • persons up to and including 11 years of age;
  • travelers from Hong Kong or Taiwan;
  • travelers who make a transfer in the Netherlands and do not leave the airport;
  • holders of a diplomatic identity card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a Note Verbale issued by an embassy, consulate or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • staff members of diplomatic and consular representations or international organizations in the Netherlands, and members of their official households, who are or will be registered as such with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • heads of state and members of a foreign government;
  • persons traveling for humanitarian reasons;
  • persons who perform work related to the readiness or actual deployment of personnel assigned to the Ministry of Defence, personnel assigned to the Ministry of Defense who must follow a necessary short course or experts necessary for the functioning of the armed forces;
  • personnel involved in a professional capacity in the operation of a flight;
  • travelers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
  • persons who travel and perform tasks of national importance on the instructions of the Minister or State Secretary of Justice and Security and any persons who are accompanied by these persons.