Travelling to the Netherlands: requirements for proof of recovery

EU citizens who have recovered from coronavirus can obtain an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and use it to enter the Netherlands. If you are a resident of an EU/Schengen area country and do not have a DCC, you can in most cases enter the Netherlands using paper proof of recovery.

Travelling to the Netherlands from a very high risk area: proof of recovery not enough

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from a very high-risk area, proof of recovery is not enough. In that case, you must also show a negative COVID-19 test result.

EU Digital COVID Certificate for Dutch and EU nationals 

It has been agreed that each European country must have a system for issuing COVID certificates. This is known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC). You can obtain an EU DCC if you have had coronavirus in the past 6 months.

Non-EU/Schengen nationals: no entry to the Netherlands based on proof of recovery

If you are a resident of a country outside the EU/Schengen area to which the EU entry ban applies, you can't travel to the Netherlands if you have paper proof of recovery from your own country. Only proof of recovery issued in an EU/Schengen country is valid. Please note: the United Kingdom (UK) is not an EU/Schengen country. 

Validity of your proof of recovery

Your proof of recovery is valid for 180 following a positive result from a NAAT (PCR) test.

Requirements for proof of recovery

Proof of recovery shows that you previously tested positive for coronavirus.