Travel restrictions per 23 January 2021

The Dutch government has announced further travel restrictions per 23 January. Under the new measures also the following categories for the EU entry ban that have been suspended as of 23 January 2021.

The following exemptions from the EU entry ban have been suspended:

  • Business travellers
  • Students who wish to come to the Netherlands to study for a period of less than three months
  • Highly skilled migrants who wish to come to the Netherlands for work for a period of less than three months
  • Professionals in the cultural and creative sectors
  • Non-Dutch nationals who fall under the arrangement for partners in a long-distance relationship.

Travellers in these categories are no longer exempted from the EU entry ban and may not travel to the Netherlands, unless they have proof of permission to enter the Netherlands for one of these purposes and they received this permission before 23 January.

Get a bit more detailed information here for the latest updates on the COVID-19 travel measures to travel into the Netherlands.

Check the 7 points before you travel here  provided by the Dutch government when you are intending to travel to the Netherlands.

Flight ban

There is a ban on flights from the United Kingdom, Cabo Verde, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and all the countries in South America. There is also a docking ban for passenger ferries from the United Kingdom. Exemptions apply to certain limited categories of traveller. Dutch nationals are permitted to return to the Netherlands.

PCR test mandatory Information requirements

The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch. A translation of the test result will be accepted provided the translation bears the original signature or stamp of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.

The document must include the following information:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a molecular PCR test for the diagnosis of active SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). No other type of test, including a rapid test, is valid;
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’);
  • Your given name and surname as stated in your passport;
  • Date and time you were tested: the test sample must have been collected no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands;
  • Name and contact information of the institute or laboratory that conducted the test.

Attention!!!!!! If you are coming from a country outside the EU/Schengen area, you are also required to present a completed and printed negative test declaration bearing your signature.