The Netherlands is open to 52 countries on the gree-list without testing or quarantine requirements.
All visitors coming from “high-risk” countries must bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test result and undergo a mandatory self-isolation for 10 days.
Visitors coming from one of the 52 green-listed countries can bypass the test.
Flights from South Africa and Central and South American countries remain banned.
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July 21 – The Netherlands would strengthen nightlife restrictions if rules are not followed, said PM
With almost 10,000 new coronavirus cases per week right after the country lifted the national lockdown on June 26, the Netherlands had to reintroduce restrictions on bars, restaurants and nightclubs in a bid to contain the spread of virus among young people.
Unfortunately, social distancing and reopening business at a reduced capacity has not been properly observed by party-goers and business owners.
On June 20, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that police are insufficient to make sure everyone is following the rules and pointed out that if all the actors do not work together extra restrictions could be enforced.
“So we really have to do that together,” he said. “With the current infection figures, we don’t want to have to take extra measures,” said Rutte at a press conference.
June 29 – The Netherlands dropped all COVID-19 restrictions for American travelers
American tourists no longer need proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccine certificate to be admitted in the Netherlands.
The step was taken as part of the fourth phase of restrictions that were lifted on June 28. In addition to this, the country also reopened bars, cafes and restaurants.
“If you live in a safe country, you may travel to the Netherlands. The E.U. travel ban does not apply to you. It does not matter what your nationality or the purpose of your trip is. Countries that are not on the list of safe countries are considered high-risk areas,” (Source).
The Netherlands also extended the same offer to travelers from Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan.
June 17 – Netherlands to tighten entry restrictions for the UK, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal, and ease requirements for other 7 from June 15
Effective June 15, travelers from the UK, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal will need to bring proof of 2 negative COVID-19 tests. One taken within 72 hours prior to departure and another one 24 hours prior to arrival.
Once in the Netherlands, these visitors must undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine.
These rather strict entry requirements have been enforced due concerns about the new DELTA variant which is believed to be 60-80 percent more contagious than the original one.
Conversely, 7 new countries made it to the “Yellow List”. This means that travelers from Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and The Czech Republic can now visit the Netherlands for tourism.
June 3 – The Netherlands to lift domestic COVID-19 restrictions on June 5
Hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have been declining with 3,914 new cases on Friday, down from around 9,000 daily cases the country was seeing only 4 weeks ago. Hospital admissions have also declined with 115 per day according to a Health Ministry report.
Following these positive achievements, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country would end COVID-19 restrictions from June 5.
“The relaxations that will take effect on June 5 actually mean the end of the lockdown,” […] “We are taking a calculated risk but if the sky falls on our heads next week and the numbers increase again, we will be facing a new situation,” said Rutte at a press conference last week.
May 19 – The Netherlands to start Phase 2 reopening today
The Caretaker Cabinet in the Netherlands has confirmed the country will start its Phase 2 reopening today. No many restrictions are expected to be lifted since this is just a step of a larger country’s six-step plan to exit lockdown.
From today, residents and visitors will be allowed to take part in more indoor and outdoor sports, visit zoos, amusement parks, libraries and sex work locations.
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced that the epidemiology situation will be reviewed on June 1, and if things are improving, the implementation of the third reopening step might take effect on June 9.
“What we are seeing with the data is a good decrease,” De Jonge stated. “It is mainly an effect of vaccination.” He also said that there are still about 2,200 people seriously ill in hospitals and the healthcare is still overwhelmed.
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.
What countries can travel to the Netherlands without COVID-19 test? – current at July 21.
Safe countries/regions outside the EU/Schengen area
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China (the EU travel ban applies until China lifts entry restrictions on European travelers)
Faroe Islands (from 22 July onwards)
Greenland (from 22 July onwards)
Rwanda (until 24 July)
Svalbard (from 22 July onwards)
Thailand (until 24 July)
Ukraine (from 22 July onwards)
Safe countries/regions within the EU/Schengen area
Italy, including Sicily
Portugal: only the Azores and Madeira
Safe countries/regions within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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.
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 1,814,143 positive cases and 17,783 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: CDC.gov)