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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Netherlands
Data Last Updated: December 28, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

Tourists from the EU or Schengen area countries can enter the Netherlands.

Travel ban has also been lifted on travelers from third countries as recommended by the EU council. These include Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

There is no mandatory testing required, but travelers from certain countries are strongly advised to self-quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands

Check out this link for more info - Self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands

Reopen Europa - The Netherlands

Starting December 15, visitors who came from countries that are not included in the EU’s “safe countries of origin” list must present a negative result of the Covid-19 test before they can be allowed to enter the country. The result must be in English, French, German, Spanish, or Dutch. Aside from the test result, they are also required to submit a signed Negative Test Declaration.

Starting Tuesday, December 29, all travelers coming from the Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area are required to present a negative Covid-19 test result upon entering the Netherlands. The test should be taken in the last 72 hours before arrival. 

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor areas as well as public transport.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Restaurants, bars, and other non-essential businesses and attractions are open under social distancing requirements. Nightclubs and discotheques are closed.

The Dutch government encourages everyone to continue to maintain 1.5 meters distance, wash hands often, avoid crowds, work from home as much as possible, and stay home if experiencing fever or other symptoms.

Airlines & Transport

Flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Dutch airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.

Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Open to Tourists From:

12 Countries

Algeria

Australia

Canada

Georgia

Japan

Morocco

New Zealand

Rwanda

South Korea

Thailand

Tunisia

Uruguay

Test Required For Tourists From:

15 Countries

Cyprus

Estonia

Finland

Germany

Iceland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Montenegro

Netherlands

Norway

San Marino

Serbia

Vatican City

Not Allowing Tourists From:

190 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

American Samoa

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

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Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

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Iran

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Malawi

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Moldova

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Myanmar

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New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

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Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

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Oman

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Panama

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Peru

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Pitcairn

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

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Russia

Saint Barthélemy

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Samoa

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Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

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Syria

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Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

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Strict Quarantine For Tourists From:

20 Countries

Andorra

Aruba

Belgium

Bonaire

Bulgaria

Croatia

Czech Republic

France

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

Poland

Romania

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Special Conditions For Tourists From:

6 Countries

Austria

China

Denmark

Portugal

Sweden

Switzerland

More Details

The Netherlands reopened its borders for tourism as of June 15th. But only travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area were first welcome to visit.

As of July 1st, per the recommendation of the EU council more countries outside the EU can now travel to the Netherlands. However quarantine requirements remain for travelers coming from certain regions in the permitted countries, more details on this are below and on the government official website

Which Countries Can Travel To The Netherlands?

The Netherlands reopened to tourism on June 15th by allowing visitors from the EU nations. As of July 1st, third-party countries (with restrictions lifted) were also granted entry into the Netherlands:


Netherlands has said the lists are not based on nationality, but what ‘residency’ the traveler has.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Is There Testings And/Or Quarantines Upon Arrival In The Netherlands?

Travelers from countries outside the EU, the Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom for which the travel ban has been lifted and are exempted from self-quarantine unless they have symptoms.

However, the government of the Netherlands has recently announced a list of countries subject to self-quarantine on arrival to the Netherlands.

You are strongly advised to self-quarantine if you're traveling from: 

  • Morocco (from August 13)
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Aruba
  • Sint Maarten
  • And meanwhile, 6 provinces in Spain; Barcelona and Lerida (in the autonomous region Catalonia), de provinces Huesca, Zaragoza en Teruel (in the autonomous region Aragón) and the province Soria (in the region Castile and León)
  • 1 area in Portugal (Vale do Tejo, this includes Lisbon)
  • Similarly 1 area in the United Kingdom (Leicester)
  • Likewise, there's one 1 area in Belgium (Antwerp);
  • Countries outside the EU, the Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom.

Other Health Protocols And Safety Measures

  • Above all, travelers may be turned away at the border if they have no pre-booked accommodations.
  • Social distancing measures apply
  • Face masks are required on public transportation
  • And wash hands frequently and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Of course, report any symptoms if they develop during your trip

Have Flights Resumed?

Flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Dutch airports multiple times daily Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.

Therefore direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.

What's Open in the Netherlands?

Most places in the Netherlands are open to the public. Restaurants, bars, and other non-essential businesses and attractions, for example, are open under social distancing requirements. However, nightclubs and discotheques are closed.

Here's a list of some of the places that are open in the Netherlands:

  • Hotels and other accommodations
  • Cinemas but only up to 30 people
  • Campsites and holiday parks
  • Events, concerts, and festivals but only under 300 people
  • Restaurants and bars but a maximum of 30 people and for reservations only
  • Outdoor sports like golf and tennis
  • Spas, salons, and barbers but for reservations only
  • Museums and galleries but only up to 30 people
  • Public transit but at 40% capacity

For the most accurate information, you may check the Netherlands from our live map and get the latest details as well.

Sources: The Government of the Netherlands | U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands | Holland.com


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Information for Non-Tourists

Anyone arriving to the Netherlands from highly impacted areas is required to undergo 14 days self-quarantine. This includes travel from UK and Sweden.

Before departing – A health form is required to be filled before boarding to the Netherlands

Upon arrival – a test might be required if showing symptoms when landing in the Netherlands.

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