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Since March 2020, travel to the Netherlands has been restricted with several measures. These travel restrictions originate from European law regulations drawn up by the European Commission on the one hand, and national regulations on the other hand. This article provides an overview of the current restrictions. We will also discuss exceptions to the entry restrictions.

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[update 3 July 2020]

The outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis in the Netherlands has an effect on all residents of the Netherlands. Whether you are holder of a residence permit or just visiting, you may be faced with difficulties to return home. In this article, we will explain how the corona measures will affect foreign nationals who are in the Netherlands and cannot return home.

For more information, please contact Thomas van Houwelingen.

Changes in entry restrictions

From 4 September 2021 a number of changes came into effect that will impact travel to the Netherlands.

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Exemption from EU entry ban from 1 July 2021

If you want to travel to the Netherlands from a country not on the safe countries list, you will be exempted from the EU entry ban if you have proof of vaccination. This proof needs to be issued according to certain requirements in order to be accepted.

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Travel restrictions lifted

From 24 June 2021 onwards the following countries will be added to the list:

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EU travel restrictions relaxed

On May 12, 2021, the government announced that travel restrictions for the following travelers from outside the EU will be relaxed:

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Travel restrictions to the Netherlands

Update 1 June 2021

As of 1 June 2021, the ban on flights from India, South Africa and countries in Central and South America has been lifted.

Self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival is now mandatory. You can shorten this period if you take a test on day 5 and the result is negative. Check the government website for details.
 
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Negative Covid-19 test result required upon entry

From 15 December, 2020, travelers by airplane or by ship, who are 13 years or older and arrive from a country that is not on the list of safe countries, must show a negative test result upon arrival at the (air)port in the Netherlands.

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Travel restrictions lifted for unmarried partners (short stay)

[update: July 27 2020]

On July 16 the Minister of Justice and Security announced that travel restrictions for unmarried partners from non-EU countries would be relaxed from July 27, 2020. Further details have been published.   

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