Travelling to the Netherlands: requirements for proof of vaccination

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

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

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from a very high-risk area, proof of vaccination 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 once you are fully vaccinated.

Non-EU nationals: travellers with paper proof of vaccination exempt from entry ban, except if travelling from very high-risk area

If you are a resident of a country outside the EU/Schengen area to which the EU entry ban applies, you can travel to the Netherlands if you have paper proof of vaccination. If you are travelling from an area that has been designated as very high-risk, proof of vaccination is not enough. In this case, you must also show a negative test result.

Proof of recovery is only valid for travel to the Netherlands if it was issued in an EU member state. Please note: the United Kingdom (UK) is not an EU member state. 

Validity of your proof of vaccination

After you get vaccinated, you will receive proof of vaccination. But the proof of vaccination does not become valid until:

  • 14 days after you get your second dose of the BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines, or
  • 28 days after you get the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, or 14 days after you got the Janssen vaccine if the date of your vaccination was before 14 August 2021.

Requirements for proof of vaccination and vaccines

Your proof of vaccination will only be accepted if it meets the requirements and if you were vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

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