Covid Update for Netherlands
Last update: 28/04/2021
Passengers arriving from EU and Schengen member states, the associated microstates of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City, and the UK, as well as nationals and residents of these countries, are now permitted to enter the Netherlands. Family members of nationals of these states are also exempted from the ban, as are diplomats, military personnel, students with proof of admission to a course of study, and other exceptional cases. Additionally, residents of Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, and Uruguay may now visit. Foreign travelers from outside these countries are currently banned from entering the Netherlands, apart from official residents and long-stay visa holders of the EU and/or Schengen Area. Persons who fall into the above categories may also transit through the Netherlands to another EU/Schengen country if they have official proof that the country of destination is allowing them to enter; other travelers are not permitted to do this. Passengers with a Schengen visa issued after 19 March 2020 are also allowed to travel through the Netherlands to another Schengen Member State. Flights to the Netherlands from the following countries are canceled until 1 May 2021 at the earliest: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. All passengers aged 13 and older entering or transiting through the Netherlands must have tested negative for COVID-19 before traveling and bring a medical certificate showing each negative test result. Travelers can either take one of the following tests within 24 hours before boarding a flight to the Netherlands or take one of these tests within 72 hours before arrival AND a rapid antigen test no more than 24 hours before boarding: LAMP, MPOCT, NAAT, PCR, RT-PCR, or TMA tests. There are a number of exemptions, including diplomatic passport holders, holders of a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa, those who have proof of having previously recovered from COVID-19 via a NAAT test, airline crew with an authorization issued by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, airline crew not leaving the aircraft, and anyone who have only been in the following locations in the past 10 days: Australia, St. Eustatius, Saba, mainland China, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, South Korea, Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, St. Maarten, or Thailand. Airline crew who plan to leave the aircraft in the Netherlands and merchant seamen must have a negative rapid antigen test from within the 24 hours prior to boarding or authorization from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Passengers aged 13 and above arriving in the Netherlands from countries deemed to be high risk must complete a “Health Declaration Form” before boarding a flight to the Netherlands. Arrivals from a number of these countries, as well as Dutch nationals and other exceptions arriving from non-approved countries, but are exempt from the travel ban must self-quarantine upon arrival for a minimum of 10 days.