Netherlands Is Open for Tourism And Drops Quarantine for Travelers with Booster

The Netherlands reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

The Netherlands is open to most countries but different rules apply to each nation depending on their epidemiology situation and if it belongs or not to the European Union.

All visitors must present a negative COVID-19 test a proof of vaccination.

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February 12 – Travelers with booster shots will no longer need to quarantine in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has updated its entry restrictions for passengers who can produce a booster certificate.

Starting February 2002, travelers coming from “very-high risk” countries such as the U.S. must present a vaccine certificate, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 days of arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days unless they receive a negative result on day 5 of their stay.

However, those with booster shots can now skip quarantine according to the Minister of Health. 

“Travelers with a booster shot are not required to be quarantined if they received the booster shot at least seven days before the trip to the Netherlands,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

What countries can travel to the Netherlands without COVID-19 test? – Current at Feb. 12.

List of VERY high-risk countries/areas

  • Afghanistan 
  • Albania (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Anguilla 
  • Argentina 
  • Australia 
  • Barbados
  • Belize 
  • Bermuda 
  • Bolivia (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Botswana 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Canada 
  • Cape Verde 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Costa Rica (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Dominica 
  • French Guyana 
  • Georgia 
  • Guadeloupe 
  • Haiti 
  • Israel 
  • Lebanon (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Martinique 
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique 
  • North Macedonia (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Panama (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Puerto Rico 
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  • Serbia (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Somalia
  • Suriname (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Tunisia (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • Turkey (from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards, mandatory quarantine from 8 February 2022 0:01 AM onwards)
  • United Kingdom 
  • United States of America
  • Venezuela 

Safe countries/regions within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  1. Saba
  2. St Eustatius


Do travelers need to quarantine?

Yes. All travelers coming from “high-risk areas” must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a booster shot.

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? 

U.S. travelers can only visit the Netherlands if they test negative for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands

As of today, the country has reported 5,674,315 positive cases and 21,389 deaths.

How safe is it to visit the Netherlands now?

The CDC does not recommend any kind of travel to the Netherlands and the warning is at its highest level. (Source:

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December 12 – Netherlands will require booster jabs for travel in 2022

Effective February 1, 2022, the Netherlands will only recognize vaccine certificates from travelers who have received a booster vaccine, announced the Dutch Minister of Health this week. 

Those who fail to complete the requirement will need to present a negative COVID-19 in order to be allowed to travel.

However, the Dutch government has chosen not to proceed with imposing domestic restrictions on those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, due to political criticism.

Read our full post: Netherlands Announces Booster Shot Requirement for Travel in Early 2022

November 6 – The Netherlands reintroduces COVID-19 restrictions amidst a surge in hospitalizations

The Netherlands will reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing and expand the use of “Covid passes” to museums, gyms, and theme parks From Nov. 6, announced the Prime Minister this week.

COVID-19 infections have been rising to levels not seen in months after most restrictions and the face mask mandate were lifted around 6 weeks ago. 

As a result, many hospitals have had to cut back on regular care in order to make room for COVID patients.

“Our own behavior is crucial, a very large part of our coronavirus policy depends on it,” the prime minister said.

Also, workers have been asked to work from home at least part-time.

October 10 – The Netherlands coronavirus risk lowers to amber on EU map this week

For the very first time in more than a year and a half, the Netherlands manages to lower the coronavirus risk in all its provinces according to the latest European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’s review.

Being categorized on the second-lowest warning color is nothing but great news. It still means that travel to the Netherlands is advised for essential trips only.

The only region suffering a rise in infections would be the so-called bible belt, where there is a relatively low vaccination rate. 

September 18 – The Netherlands to lift quarantine restrictions for the UK, U.S., and other high-risk areas on Sept. 22

The Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport has announced that fully vaccinated travelers from the UK, US, and other concerning areas will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival in the Netherlands. 

“Hospital and ICU admissions are stable. The majority of people who are admitted to hospital or who test positive for coronavirus are still unvaccinated,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The current positive epidemiology situation allows the government to gradually ease restrictions and regulations, said the minister. 

Source: Schengen Visa Info

August 20 – Nightlife continues to be canceled in the Netherlands at least until November 1

Cafes, restaurants, bars and similar venues will continue to operate with curfew restrictions according to an announcement issued by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency on Wednesday.

Under the extended restrictions, clubs and discotheques will have to stay closed between midnight and 06:00 am at least until November 1. 

 In response, more than 350 organizations from the Dutch event industry created the Unmute Us campaign to protest against the measure. 

The new measure has been enforced after a spike in new cases among under 30s. The Netherlands is currently seeing no less than 2,400 new cases per day.

Source: Netherlands Gov.

September 1 – The Netherlands reimposed COVID-19 testing for 4 European Countries on Aug. 27

Coronavirus cases are on the increase across the European Union and the Dutch government has had to reintroduce a number of restrictions to safeguard its citizens.

Starting August 27, visitors from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Sweden will need to bring a negative Covid-19 test to be permitted entry.

Other options are bringing a certificate of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with one of the vaccines approved by the Netherlands), or bearing proof of recovery from the illness in the past 180 days.

Source: Government of the Netherlands

August 5 – The Netherlands will no longer consider COVID-19 figures to allow EU visitors in

Effective last week, the Dutch government will no longer be banning EU countries from entering the Netherlands even if their COVID infection rates are high.

“If we continue issuing travel advice based on infection rates alone, it is likely that in the coming weeks we would have to discourage unnecessary travel to more and more countries,” reads the press release.

The government also said that countries will be orange-listed “only if a new variant of concern is present there that is not yet widespread in the Netherlands.”

Source: Gov. of the Netherlands

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.

Source: Travel&Leisure

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. 

(Source: Dutch Gov.)

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. 

(Source: Government of Netherlands)