Travelling to Netherlands Amid COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know

For all those wishing to take a ride at Amsterdam’s Canals, visit the country’s famous museums, picturesque villages and astonishing gardens, it is now safe to say that you can pack your bags as the Netherlands has largely opened for travellers all over the world after months of keeping in place strict lockdowns and travel measures.
Soon after the country introduced the Digital COVID-19, which was established at the beginning of July, more relaxed rules started to apply for the majority of travellers, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
As such, due to the eased entry rules, the Netherlands was able to allow more travellers to enter its territory, regardless if they were arriving from European Union Member States, European Economic Area, or third countries.
Residents of the 27 European Union Member States and tens of third countries can enter the Netherlands for any purpose. However, different rules apply for those travelling from safe areas of EU/Schengen and those travelling from high-risk areas.
The Netherlands currently permits restriction-free entry for all vaccinated EU citizens regardless of the COVID-19 situation in their country.
This means that even though the Netherlands has placed several EU/Schengen Area countries on its high-risk list, vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from the disease can still enter the country restriction-free.
Currently, only Italy, Malta, the Canary Islands, Madeira, North Aegean Islands, and Sardinia are part of the safe countries list.
On the other hand, the list of high-risk areas includes tens of countries. The EU/Schengen Area countries that are currently placed on the Netherlands’ high-risk list are:
Vaccinated and recovered travellers who reach the Netherlands from any of these countries listed above are exempt from the entry rules, including the testing and quarantine requirement. Nonetheless, travellers from EU/Schengen Area countries who have not been vaccinated or recovered are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be permitted entry to the country.
For a person to be considered fully vaccinated when entering the Netherlands, it should be proved that the vaccination process has been completed with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and issued in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
The Netherlands also recognises the Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute India.
In contrast to the arrivals from high-risk areas, those travelling to the Netherlands from Malta or any of the other regions placed on its safe list are exempt from all rules, including the testing requirement.
However, it should be noted that travellers entering the Netherlands from one of the countries placed on its safe countries/regions list are still obliged to fill in a health declaration form if travelling by air.
In addition, even though it is not mandatory, everyone is advised to undergo COVID-19 testing after arriving in the Netherlands. Those who have not been vaccinated or recovered are advised to get tested on day two and five after their arrival, whereas vaccinated and recovered travellers are recommended to get tested before meeting other people.
The same advice also applies to travellers reaching the Netherlands from countries that are placed on its high-risk list.
Except for the 27-nation bloc, restriction-free entry is allowed to arrivals from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, and the following third countries which are currently placed on the list of epidemiologically safe third countries:
Based on the current rules that the Netherlands has, travellers from the third countries listed above are permitted restriction-free entry as long as they provide valid proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
“You need to show a negative test result if you are travelling from a safe country/region outside the EU/Schengen onwards,” the Government highlighted.
Additionally, travellers from these areas are also required to fill in the health declaration form.

The Dutch authorities have stated that arrivals from high-risk areas are currently banned. A person can enter the Netherlands from one of the countries listed under the virus variant areas list only if the purpose of their trip falls under the exemption list.
In such cases, when specific persons are exempted from the entry ban when travelling from a very high-risk area, they are obliged to stay self-isolated for ten days.
“You must be able to show a completed, printed and signed quarantine declaration. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or if you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirement,” the Government noted.
However, it has been explained that the quarantine requirement applies only to unvaccinated travellers.
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In addition, everyone is required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival. This rule applies to all persons over the age of 13, regardless of their vaccination status. Those who have recovered from the disease are also required to undergo testing.
Similar to arrivals from other countries, everyone arriving from a very high-risk area must fill in the health declaration form.
Countries that are currently placed on the Netherlands’ very high-risk areas list are as follows:
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On the other hand, all of the other third countries that were not listed in any of the above-mentioned categories, including the US and India, fall under the Netherlands’ high-risk areas list.
“Countries and regions that are not on the list of safe countries/regions or on the lists of very high-risk areas are considered high-risk areas,” the authorities explained.
Arrivals from high-risk areas need to undergo the same rules as those from very high-risk areas. The only difference is that persons reaching the Netherlands from a high-risk area are not required to follow self-isolation rules.

Since June less stringent measures have applied for all travellers while in the Netherlands. As such, cafes and restaurants are now open during regular opening hours. Similarly, all shops are open in the country.
Furthermore, hotels are open for tourists, including catering, restaurants, spas, and room services.
In addition, cinemas and other cultural and recreational facilities, as well as theme parks and zoos, are open for everyone wishing to attend such events.
When it comes to cultural facilities, Anne Frank House is open for visitors, provided that they haven’t had any recent health issues related to the COVID-19 disease. Rijksmuseum, also known as the Nation Museum of the Netherlands, and the Van Gogh Museum are also open for visitors.
All of the above-mentioned places require that social distancing rules get followed.
Since the infection rates have significantly dropped in the country, nightclubs are also currently open.
The basic rules that the Dutch authorities advise all travellers to follow during their stay in the country are as follows:
Apart from the rules mentioned above, the Netherlands’ authorities have emphasised that in order for travellers to be able to attend several public places and take part in other activities, they are required to hold a COVID Pass.
“From September 25, 2021 everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass at certain locations, for example, to go to a bar or restaurant, an event, the cinema or theatre, or attend a professional sports match as a spectator. You do not need a coronavirus entry pass in shops or to participate in sports yourself,” the Government highlighted.
Travellers who do not hold a valid certificate can get tested while in the country. Testing is free of charge.
The Netherlands has been effectively connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which started being effective on July 1 and is already issuing or verifying one of the certificates. This means that all holders of one of the following certificates can enter the Netherlands by presenting such a document, more precisely a  vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate, or a negative COVID-19 test result
The EU Digital COVID Certificate has been established by the European Union in order to ease travel within the EU and is characterised by these features:
It is recommended that all persons who plan to visit the Netherlands during this winterpurchase all-inclusive travel insurance that covers epidemic and pandemic situations.
Such insurance ensures that all travellers get to save a considerable amount of their spending in case their trips get cancelled due to a surge of COVID-19 infections and its mutations.
Travel insurance for the Netherlands can be purchased for a very reasonable price at from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
Similar to other European countries, the Netherlands has also been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country identifying 2,093,606 infection cases and registering 18,340 deaths up until October 28.
As for the vaccination rate, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has revealed that the Netherlands has administered 22,622,245 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Based on these figures, it is indicated that 87.2 per cent of the entire adult population has been partially vaccinated, whereas 79.5 per cent have been administered the two doses.

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