Netherlands is open for tourism but visitors must undergo 10-day quarantine

The Netherlands reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

The Netherlands is open to most countries but all visitors must bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test result and undergo a mandatory self-isolation for 10 days.

Visitors coming from one of the 13 green-listed countries can bypass the test. 

Flights from South Africa and Central and South American countries remain banned.

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The Netherlands

May 4 – The Netherlands to postpone next phase of national reopening to May 11

Only one week after ending its nationwide curfew against the expert’s advice, the Netherlands has reimposed old and new restrictions, and postponed the next phase of reopening to -possibly- May 11, following a bigger spike in coronavirus cases. 

“The pressure on hospitals is still too great, and so we will continue to look at what is possible on a week-by-week basis”, said Mr. de Jonge together with acting premier Mark Rutte.

In only 2 months, the Netherlands have received 294 patients aged 30 to 50 in intensive care units (ICUs), compared to the 263 they got during the pandemic last year. The most disturbing part of the situation is 75% of these people did not have any underlying medical conditions.

So as of now, outdoor coffee shops, museums, gyms, amusement parks and zoos will remain closed. 

April 20 – The Netherlands lifts multiple restrictions amid third wave of infections

The government has decided to lift the curfew and reopen restaurants and other tourist venues amid the upward curve of the third wave of COVID-19 cases.

“The country would press forward with the first step of a six-step plan to release the country out of lockdown,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at a press conference on Tuesday. 

He also said that the risk was justified because they “owe that to people in healthcare, who are running double shifts, seeing their holidays disappear and are only running, running, running.”

March 9 – Some restrictions will be lifted

Effective March 16, the Dutch government will allow people older than 27 to exercise in groups of up to four people at sports facilities. This does not include public parks. The Cabinet also agreed that some stores will be allowed to serve customers in person starting on March 27.

Vaccination rollout

As of March 9, 1,207,904 adults have received at least one shot of the vaccine in the Netherlands. 

Vaccination progress in the Netherlands
Vaccination progress in the Netherlands

What countries can travel to the Netherlands without COVID-19 test?

Safe countries with low COVID-19 risk. Visitors arriving from these countries do not have to bring a negative COVID-19 test result:

Safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau). Only if China lifts entry restrictions on European travelers. Travelers from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test declaration.

Safe countries within the EU/Schengen area

  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • St Maarten
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius

List of banned countries to enter the Netherlands 

Passengers arriving from any of the following countries will be denied entry to the Netherlands, at least, until May 15. 

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India 
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela


Do travelers need to quarantine?

Yes. All travelers coming from “high risk areas” must quarantine for 10 days.

Do Dutch nationals or residents returning home from a red-zoned country need to bring a negative test or quarantine?

Nationals and residents returning home from any high-risk area must bring a negative test and quarantine immediately after arrival. 

Entry requirements

Are Americans allowed to enter the Netherlands? 

Unfortunately, U.S. travelers can only visit the Netherlands for essential reasons. 

What are the current restrictions in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands’ government highly recommends NOT to travel to their territory, and if so, stay home as much as possible, working from home and keep strict social distancing when outside. (Source)

COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands

As of today, the country has reported 1,426,243 positive cases and 16,983 deaths.

How safe is it to visit the Netherlands now?

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