The Dutch government establishes regulations for online entry into the Netherlands. This comprises a checklist for entering the Netherlands, with various entrance criteria for’safe nations,’ countries with a ‘high risk’ of COVID-19, and countries with a’very high risk’ of COVID-19. The entry criteria may also differ depending on whether you are arriving or returning to the Netherlands from the EU/Schengen Area.
Requirements for entry into the Netherlands may varied and are also available online.
If necessary for entrance or transit, the Netherlands additionally has particular procedures for demonstrating evidence of immunisation or a mandated negative COVID-19 test result. More information may be found online. EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates will be accepted as confirmation of a negative test result, immunisation, or recovery from COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
If you can demonstrate that you are completely vaccinated or if you qualify for a quarantine exemption, you are exempt from mandatory quarantine upon entry into the Netherlands. More information about exemption categories may be found on the Dutch government’s website.
If you have not been completely vaccinated and have lived in an area where the risk of COVID-19 infection is “extremely high,” you must self-quarantine for 10 days when you come in the Netherlands. Even if you get a negative test result or confirmation of recovery, you must still be quarantined. If you get tested on day 5, you might be able to cut your quarantine time in half.
Public workers with investigation authority may investigate whether or not the required quarantine requirement has been met. They can check to see if you are still in quarantine at the location on your quarantine declaration. You must also be available by phone at the number you supply.
Airlines from other countries may also need you to fill out a self-assessed ‘health screening form’ before flying to the Netherlands from high-risk locations as designated by the European Union Aviation Agency. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, you may be refused boarding. When travelling through Schiphol Airport, you should keep this paperwork with you. For the most up-to-date information, contact the authorities and your airline.
Exit from the Netherlands.
In many circumstances, a negative COVID-19 test result is necessary in order to entry into the Netherlands and, in other cases, to avoid quarantine upon arrival.
The Dutch government has created a ‘CoronaCheck’ app and website for Dutch people to generate EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates for travel inside the EU.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is operational, although strong security measures are in place. Flights inside Europe should take at least two hours. Other foreign flights should take three hours. If you have a valid travel ticket for further travel, you can transit via Schiphol Airport.
Face masks are required for all passengers and workers aged 13 and older in all sections of Dutch airports, as well as on aircraft departing from the Netherlands. For further information, see the website of the Dutch government. When travelling from a Dutch airport, you must additionally complete and carry a ‘health screening form.’
Choosing to stay in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, certain COVID-19 limitations have been reintroduced.
A comprehensive summary of current Dutch initiatives is accessible on the Dutch government’s website. The majority of public places in the Netherlands are open, subject to specific limitations.
To get entrance to pubs and restaurants (indoors and outdoors, but excluding takeaways), events (such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events), cultural facilities (such as theatres, museums, and theatres), and indoor and outdoor sports arenas, you must display a ‘Coronavirus entry permit’ (such as gyms and swimming pools). The Netherlands government has further information about ‘Coronavirus entrance pass’ procedures.
You may either print a paper copy of the ‘Coronavirus admission pass’ or utilise the official ‘CoronaCheck’ app. If you don’t have a Dutch Citizen Service Number (BSN) and were vaccinated outside of the EU, you can’t now use a ‘Coronavirus entrance permit’ to establish your vaccination status. Instead, you’ll need to be tested for COVID-19 in order to enter places that require an entrance pass. ‘Testen Voor Toegang’ provides free tests, and a negative test result is valid for 24 hours.
There are prohibitions in place for purchasing and using alcohol and soft drugs in the evenings and at night. All restaurants and stores selling necessities, such as supermarkets, must close between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Non-essential products and services must be closed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.