Coronavirus measures and travelling in the border region

On this page you can read about the coronavirus measures that apply to travel in the border region, including for cross-border commuters, students and school children.

Coronavirus rules in the border region

In the border region, other rules apply for:

  • travellers spending less than 12 hours in a different country
  • cross-border commuters, students and school children.

Travelling across the border by car or motorbike for a short period of time

If you are travelling across the border by car or motorbike and you are not travelling for the purposes of work or study, you do not need to provide a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery if:

  • you will be in the Netherlands for less than 12 hours; or
  • you were in a COVID-risk country/area for less than 12 hours before entering the Netherlands; or
  • you were in a COVID-safe country before entering the Netherlands.

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Quarantine declaration required

If you have come from a very high-risk area, you will need to show a quarantine declaration even if you will be in the Netherlands for less than 12 hours.

Definition of cross-border worker, student and schoolchild

Cross-border workers, students and schoolchildren are:

Residents of the Netherlands who:

  • work, study or go to school in another EU member state, Schengen country or the United Kingdom; and
  • travel back to their place of residence in the Netherlands at least once a week.

Residents of another EU member state, Schengen country or the United Kingdom who:

  • work, study or go to school in the Netherlands; and
  • travel back to their place of residence in the other EU member state, Schengen country or the United Kingdom at least once a week.

Exemption from mandatory COVID Certificate when travelling to the Netherlands

Coronavirus rules for cross-border commuters, students and schoolchildren

For cross-border commuters, students and schoolchildren, the following applies:

  • you don't need to show a proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery;
  • you need a health declaration if travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft;
  • you need a quarantine declaration if coming from a very high-risk area.

Proof of status as a cross-border worker, student or schoolchild

You must be able to show the transport operator proof:

of the country you live in

This could be a rental agreement or a declaration from the municipality or another state body.

that you work, study or attend school in another member state, Schengen country or the United Kingdom

This could be:

  • an employment contract;
  • an employer's declaration;
  • proof of enrolment at a university or school; or
  • a declaration from your school or university.

General rules for travellers coming to the Netherlands

If you are coming to the Netherlands from:

  • a COVID-risk area for coronavirus within the EU/Schengen area; or
  • a country outside the EU/Schengen area

you will need to show 1 of the following when you enter the Netherlands:

  • a valid proof of vaccination; or
  • proof of recovery (only valid when issued in an EU member state); or
  • a negative COVID-19 test result. 

This applies to everyone aged 12 or over.

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