The Netherlands reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

Netherlands remains open for tourism with only 9 countries on green-list

The Dutch government has decided to allow entry to foreign nationals coming from all countries.

However, nationals or people visiting from outside of the EU or those who come from “orange” or “red-zoned” countries will face a 10-day quarantine even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19

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What countries can travel to the Netherlands?

If you are a foreign national from any of the following countries you are “technically allowed” to enter the Netherlands. However, foreign nationals from some of these countries will need to undertake a 10-day quarantine even if they show no symptoms related to the virus or if they bring a negative COVID-19 test result.

List of countries that can enter the Netherlands. Orange countries are allowed to enter but have to undergo 10-day quarantine. Green countries or regions do not need to quarantine.

European Countries

  • Andorra
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bonaire
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark: city of Copenhagen, Faaborg-Midtfyn, Slagelse, Aarhus, Køge, Solrød and Greve
  • Estonia: city of Tallinn and Ida-Viru county (as of 25 November 2020)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland (as of 24 November 2020)
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia: City of Riga, and (as of 24 November 2020) cities and regions of Daugavpils and Krāslava
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway: City of Oslo and the counties of Vestland and Viken
  • Poland
  • Portugal: all regions except the Azores region
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • St Maarten
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Non-EU countries that do not have to quarantine

  • Australia
  • Japan 
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • China
Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands
Officially updated – Nov 26.

Some restrictions apply to the Caribbean areas of the Kingdom. Check them here

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What are the restrictions if I am a national or resident returning from a red-zoned country?

The Netherlands has placed countries and territories of the world into categories depending on their epidemiological situation. If you are returning home from an orange or a red-zoned country you are requested to quarantine immediately after arrival. 

Are there any exceptions for travelers from banned countries?

Yes there are exceptions and you can still enter the Netherlands. For more details about categories of different exceptions visit and apply on the governmental website here.

What are the Netherlands’ entry requirements?

Warning! – If you show any COVID-like symptoms will not be allowed to board the aircraft.

Are Americans allowed to enter to the Netherlands? 

No. Unfortunately, you guys are not allowed yet.

What can I do for fun in the Netherlands and what are the restrictions?

You are allowed to visit,

  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes  
  • Museums 

In order to be granted access to these venues, you will need to book your tickets in advance due to its mandatory limited capacity. Check exceptions here

  • You can also host up to 3 guests in your home, garden or balcony.

COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands

Update Nov 26:

Netherlands is managing to flatten the 2nd wave of coronavirus. The country is currently reporting between 3-5K new cases per day and the Dutch government is renewing partial lockdowns.

The country is undeniably going through a second wave of infections, although the government states the rising figures come from an extended testing capacity. As of today, the country has reported 493,142 positive cases and 9,023 deaths, 90 of them over the last 24 hours. 

How safe is to visit Netherlands now?

The current situation in the Netherlands is very serious and the COVID infectious rate is still very high. CDC organization does not recommend any kind of travel to the Netherlands and the warning is at its highest level. (Source: CDC.gov)