Travelling to the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen area: requirements for DCC based on proof of recovery

People who have recovered from coronavirus and obtained an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) can use it to enter the Netherlands if they are travelling from a country in the EU/Schengen area. Other proof of recovery is not accepted. Travellers arriving from outside the EU/Schengen area  must always show a negative test result, even if they have a DCC.

Travelling to the Netherlands with a DCC based on proof of recovery

You can travel to the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen area if you have a DCC based on proof of recovery. COVID certificates in both digital and paper format are acceptable.

You can obtain a DCC based on proof of recovery if you tested positive for coronavirus in

  • an EU member state
  • the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • another country that participates in the DCC system.

See the map of countries taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Within the EU it has been agreed that each country must have a system for issuing COVID certificates. These certificates are known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). In the Netherlands COVID certificates are issued via the CoronaCheck app and website. Other EU countries have their own systems.

Requirements for proof of recovery

Your digital or paper COVID certificate based on proof of recovery must meet the following requirements:

Validity of your proof of recovery

Your proof of recovery is valid for 180 days following a positive result from a NAAT (PCR) test. This 180-day validity period applies to both residents of the Netherlands travelling abroad and people travelling to the Netherlands from a country within the EU/Schengen area.

No entry to the Netherlands based on proof of recovery from another country

Proof of recovery from a country outside the EU Digital COVID Certificate system  is not valid for travel to the Netherlands. The United Kingdom is not an EU member state.

Negative test result always required when arriving from outside the EU/Schengen area

Travellers coming from a country outside the EU/Schengen area must show a negative test result to enter the Netherlands, even if they have proof of recovery. Sometimes they are also required to self-quarantine directly on arrival in the Netherlands.

Check the requirements before travelling to the Netherlands

If you are planning to travel to the Netherlands, always check what requirements apply during your journey on reizentijdenscorona.nl.