What are the rules if I want to travel to the Netherlands?

Before you begin your travels to the Netherlands, you are urgently advised to read through the government’s checklist for travel to the Netherlands

Restrictions on travel have both been instated and lifted in cooperation with the European Union’s health agencies and the government’s discretion. This has effects on travel to the Netherlands. Please note the mandatory negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours, which is to be handed over to border patrol when entering the Netherlands from certain countries. Exceptions apply to countries with a low amount of new cases. To see whether your country is on this list, please visit the continuously updated list here. Citizens traveling from these countries are exempt from showing a negative test result as well as from self quarantine. Although please note that the Rotterdam Expat Centre still requires you to self quarantine for 10 days prior to your appointment.

The Dutch government has recently lifted the flight ban for flights from India, South Africa and countries in Central and South America. The EU entry ban still applies, meaning that you can only travel to the Netherlands if you are in a country that is part of the European Union (EU) or the Schengen area, or if you fall into one of the exemption categories for the travel ban. Please also note that quarantine requirments have been altered to be more strict for inbound travel to the country, to read about the mandatory quarantine click here.