Checklist for travel to the Netherlands

Do not travel to the Netherlands.

If you are currently outside the Netherlands and do wish to travel or return to the Netherlands, check these 6 points before you travel. For example, what test results you need to show and how long you must self-quarantine. 

1. EU Entry ban

If you are in a country that is part of the European Union (EU) or the Schengen area, the EU entry ban does not apply to you.

If you are not a national of an EU or Schengen area country, the EU entry ban applies to you. You can only travel to the Netherlands if you fall into one of the exemption categories for the travel ban. Please note: there is also a ban on flights from South Africa and the countries in Central and South America.

2. Flight ban

There is a ban on flights from South Africa and the countries in Central and South America. Exemptions apply to certain limited categories of traveller.

3. Negative PCR test result requirement

If you are travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft, ship, train or coach from a high-risk area, you must get tested for coronavirus. The test must be a molecular NAAT test (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT). You must present the negative test result before departure.

Certain exemptions apply, including for diplomats and lorry drivers. And you do not need to show a NAAT (PCR) test result if you are coming from a country on the EU list of safe countries.

The NAAT (PCR) test result must meet certain requirements and the samples must have been collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. 

4. Negative rapid test result required

If you are travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft or ship from a high-risk country, you must take a rapid test shortly before departure, unless you can present a negative NAAT test result, based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding. Certain exemptions apply, including for diplomats. The rapid test must meet certain requirements.

5. Health declaration for air travel

If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.

6. Self-quarantine

You must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands. You can get tested again on day 5 after your arrival. If the result is negative you can end your self-quarantine. To prepare for your journey to the Netherlands do the Quarantine Check for Travellers. This is a practical checklist of steps to take before and after your journey. You should travel only if your journey is essential.