Travelling to the Netherlands with proof of vaccination

26 november 2021: A coronavirus variant of concern has been discovered in southern Africa. From 12.00 noon on 26 November a ban is in place on passenger flights to the Netherlands, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Information on this page will be updated as soon as possible.

People who are fully vaccinated can travel to the Netherlands, but they must be able to show proof of vaccination. Travellers from very high-risk areas always need to show a negative test result, even if they have proof of vaccination.

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 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

You are living outside the EU. Because of the EU entry ban, you cannot travel to the Netherlands. Unless:

The proof of vaccination and the vaccine must meet these requirements:

Negative test result always required when arriving from a very high-risk area

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from an area designated as very high-risk, you always need to show a negative test result. Even if you have proof of vaccination.

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 reizentijdenscorona.nl.

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