Hereby our update on the extra travel restrictions and immigration measures the Dutch government has introduced to control the Corona (and new variants of the) virus.

As from Saturday 23 January 2021, the following additional restrictions are introduced:

A ban on flights from the following countries is in place:

The United Kingdom (including a docking ban for ferries), Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. 

This flight ban is expected to remain in force for one month, or until planned legislation on mandatory quarantine rules for travellers is in place. Dutch nationals are permitted to return to the Netherlands.

Additional Covid-19 testing requirement for entry in the Netherlands
All passengers travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea from a high-risk country (safe countries are listed below*) must be able to present both a negative PCR test conducted less than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. This PCR test must meet certain criteria. In addition, a negative result of a rapidCOVID-19 test must be performed no more than four hours prior to boarding an aircraft or ship. The rapid test also needs to meet certain criteria.

Most travellers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival in the Netherlands. Five days after arrival they can get tested. If the result of this PCR test is negative they may end their self-quarantine. Some exceptions apply to the self-quarantine, which are listed here.

Entry ban
The EU entry ban for non-essential travel from high risk countries is still in place (see also our earlier updates). The number of exemptions from this ban have been reduced by the Dutch government. As a result, short term business travellers and HSM coming to the Netherlands for less than 90 days for example, are no longer exempt (temporarily). We note that existing paperwork (issued before January 23, 2021) will be honoured.

For the complete list of exemptions to the entry ban, we refer to the following website.

Safe countries*
EU entry ban is not applicable in case the foreign traveler lives in a safe country. In addition these travellers do not need to show a negative test result when traveling to the Netherlands. Currently the following countries are considered safe countries:

  • Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatius
  • Outside the EU: Iceland, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China* (mainland China, Hongkong, Macau).

*China is subject to the confirmation of reciprocity.

Importantly, the residence in a third country is the determining factor whether the temporary restriction on non-essential travel applies to a third-country national, not the nationality.

Furthermore this list of safe countries is reviewed regularly on the basis of the local epidemiological situation and will be adjusted accordingly. For updates we refer to the government’s website.

Other Dutch introduced measures
For additional information on all the Dutch introduced measures, please check this website.

Should you have any questions on the travel implications on current and/or upcoming cases do not hesitate to contact us.