Travelling to the Netherlands with proof of vaccination

People travelling from within the EU/Schengen area who can show proof of vaccination can travel to the Netherlands. Travellers from from outside the EU/Schengen area must always show a negative test result as well.

Validity of proof of vaccination

After you have been fully vaccinated you will receive proof of vaccination or a vaccination certificate. But it is not valid until:

  • 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
  • 28 days after receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Travelling to the Netherlands with a vaccination certificate from another EU country

You can travel to the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen area with a vaccination certificate from another EU country. This can be a digital or paper certificate. The vaccination certificate and the vaccine must meet the EU requirements. 

Please note: the United Kingdom is not a member of the EU. 

Digital vaccination certificate

The EU has set up the EU Digital COVID Certificates system (DCC). Under this system the COVID certificates issued by each member state are accepted by all the other EU member states. In the Netherlands COVID certificates are issued via the CoronaCheck app and website. Other EU countries have their own certificates.

Requirements for paper vaccination certificate and vaccines 

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

Travelling to the Netherlands with a vaccination certificate from a country outside the EU

If you do not live in the EU, you are subject to the EU entry ban and cannot travel to the Netherlands, unless:

  • you can show a valid, paper vaccination certificate, or
  • you can show a digital vaccination certificate issued by a country taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system (

Your proof of vaccination and the vaccine with which you were vaccinated must meet these requirements:

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

Travellers coming from a country outside the EU/Schengen area must show a negative test result, even if they have proof of vaccination. The test must meet certain requirements. Some travellers are also required to quarantine directly on arrival.

Check the requirements before travelling to the Netherlands

If you are travelling to the Netherlands soon, always check what requirements apply during your journey on