Checklist for travel to the Netherlands

If you are currently outside the Netherlands and wish to travel or return to the Netherlands, check these points before you travel. For example, 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. For example, you can transit in the Netherlands subject to certain conditions. 

2. Negative test result

You must show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are travelling to or returning to the Netherlands. This applies to most countries and to everyone aged 13 or over. The negative test result is mandatory if you are travelling by air, ship, or international train, coach or by private transport, such as by car or motorcycle.

This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated.

Read the rules when changing planes

3. 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.

4. Self-quarantine

In most cases, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. The quarantaine is mandatory after staying in certain countries. Read more about the mandatory quarantine for travellers from very high-risk areas. You do not have to self-quarantine if you travel (back) to the Netherlands from a safe country.   

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 back to the Netherlands do the Quarantine Check for Travellers. This is a practical checklist of steps to take before and after your journey. 

Holidaying in the Netherlands

If you are going on holiday in the Netherlands, avoid busy places and travel outside peak hours. Follow the basic rules during your holiday to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Read more about holidaying in the Netherlands