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Netherlands

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7 September 2021


Certificate adoption

The Netherlands has successfully linked to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which went into force on July 1, and is now issuing or validating one of the certificates. This implies that anybody holding one of the following certificates is eligible to enter the Netherlands if they show it:

  • a vaccination certificate
  • a recovery certificate
  • a negative COVID-19 test result

Instrument type

Both vaccination and immunity based


Certificate name

EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)


Timeline

Effective 1 July 2021


Certificate details

General details include the following information:

  • Name and surname
  • personal identification number
  • A signature stamp that proves the authenticity of the certificate

A vaccination certificate includes the following information:

  • vaccine type and manufacturer
  • number of doses received
  • date of vaccination
  • Name of the country in which the vaccine was given out
  • Name of the person who issued the vaccination certificate

***When it arrived to the certificate’s validity, it was stressed that the document would not be legitimate until 14 days had elapsed after the vaccination process had been finished in its entirety.

A test certificate includes the following information:

  • type of test
  • date and time of test
  • place and result

A recovery certificate includes the following information:

  • date of positive test result
  • validity period.

Certificate format

Both. In addition, the Dutch government has said that a vaccination certificate must be provided in one of the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.


Entry protocol

For general protocol

  • Travelers must fill out a health declaration form.
  • The EU travel ban does not apply to you, therefore you are free to visit the Netherlands. You do not need to provide a negative test result if you are coming from a place where the risk of catching COVID-19 is minimal (a safe country). When you arrive in the Netherlands, you are also not obligated to self-quarantine. It should be noted, however, that air travelers entering the Netherlands from one of the countries included on the country’s safe countries/regions list are still need to fill out a health declaration form. Additionally, people traveling by air must fill out and take a health declaration form with them.
  • Residents of the 27 European Union Member States and several of other nations are permitted to go to the Netherlands since their countries have low infection rates. Anyone above the age of 12 is subject to this restriction. Belgium, Bulgaria (from August 21 onwards), Denmark, Cyprus, and the Netherlands are among the EU/Schengen Area nations now on the Netherlands’ high-risk list. Croatia, Jadranska Hrvatska area only, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Sicily, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway (from August 21 onwards), Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.
  • Arrivals from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, and the following third countries that have been added to the list of epidemiologically safe nations are permitted to enter without restrictions: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China (until China lifts its entry restrictions on European travelers), Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Svalbard, Taiwan
  • Regardless of vaccination status, travelers from outside the EU who arrive from a place designated as a “very high risk country/region,” including those with a virus variant of concern, must undergo an obligatory 10-day self-quarantine. Over 13-year-old passengers coming by air, sea, or other water conveyance must show confirmation of a negative PCR test done 24 hours before to departure or a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to departure and a negative fast antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Countries and places that are not classified as “safe” or “very high risk” are classified as “high risk.” Self-quarantine for ten days is strongly recommended for travelers from high-risk locations. Over 13-year-old passengers coming by air, sea, or other water conveyance must show confirmation of a negative PCR test done 24 hours before to departure or a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to departure and a negative fast antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure. In addition, travelers must fill out a health declaration form. Quarantine declaration forms must also be completed by travelers. Travellers may test on day 5 of quarantine and, if the results are negative, may be released from quarantine.
  • Arrivals from virus variant areas are presently prohibited, according to Dutch officials. Only if the reason of their travel comes within the category of exemptions can a person enter the Netherlands from one of the countries mentioned under the virus variant regions list. When particular individuals are exempted from the entrance prohibition when traveling from a virus variant location, they must remain self-isolated for 10 days. Those who have been vaccinated are also subject to the obligation. Furthermore, everyone must show a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of arrival. This regulation also applies to all people above the age of 13, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.
  • The Dutch government has stated that 3.5 million COVID-19 tests have been kept available for anyone wanting to visit the country in July and August.
  • Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela are among the countries currently listed on the Netherlands’ list of very high-risk areas where a virus variant of concern exists. The precise procedures apply to all people entering the Netherlands from a nation included on its extremely high-risk area list, similar to the limitations against virus variant regions. The following countries are included in this list:: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, The British Virgin Islands, Cuba   , Eswatini, Fiji, French Polynesia, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malaysia, Martinique, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, and United Kingdom.

For vaccinated person

  • Vaccinated travelers can remain enter the Netherlands without restrictions, despite the fact that the Netherlands has placed many EU/Schengen Area nations on its high-risk list. People traveling from high-risk locations inside the European Union who can demonstrate confirmation of vaccination or recovery are exempt from the negative test requirement.
  • The Netherlands now allows all vaccinated EU nationals to enter without restrictions, regardless of their country’s COVID-19 condition.
  • To be considered completely vaccinated while entering the Netherlands, a person must provide proof of having finished the vaccination procedure with one of the vaccinations recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and issued in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  • The countries that did not consider on any of the lists have all been assigned to the high-risk category. All visitors entering the Netherlands after visiting one of the countries on the high-risk regions list do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result if they are completely vaccinated against the disease.
  • Travelers from various European Union and Schengen Area nations will be subject to entrance regulations from August 8, according to Dutch officials. As a result, vaccinated visitors from the following countries will be required to present the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate(proof of vaccination) in order to enter the country: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Italy (including Sicily), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Switzerland.
  • Vaccinated travelers from Bulgaria, Norway, and the Jadranska Hrvatska area will be needed to carry the EU Digital COVID-19 Passport from August 21st in order to enter the Netherlands, where they will be asked to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Sweden who have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccinations authorized by the Netherlands as proof of vaccination for travel must produce an EU Digital COVID certificate starting August 27th.
  • Vaccinated visitors from the United States are required to observe the ten-day obligatory quarantine regulation while entering the Netherlands as of September 6, according to the Dutch authorities. The government has stated that if passengers test negative for COVID-19 on day five, the quarantine time may be reduced. Furthermore, children under the age of 12 are exempt from the need of self-isolation.

For person who previously infected from COVID-19

  • Despite the fact that the Netherlands has placed many EU/Schengen Area nations on its high-risk list, people who have recovered can still enter the country without limitation. People traveling from high-risk locations inside the European Union who can demonstrate proof of recovery are exempt from the negative test requirement.
  • Travelers from various European Union and Schengen Area nations will be subject to entrance regulations from August 8, according to Dutch officials. As a result, all visitors who previously infected from COVID-19 from the following countries will be required to present the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate(proof of recovery) in order to enter the country: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Italy (including Sicily), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Switzerland.
  • Persons who have previously been infected with COVID-19 and are traveling to the Netherlands from Bulgaria, Norway, or the Jadranska Hrvatska area will need to provide medical confirmation that they have recovered from the disease within the last six months starting on August 21st.
  • Travelers who have previously been infected with COVID-19 from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, or Sweden must produce an EU Digital COVID certificate proving they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days starting on August 27th.

For unvaccinated person 

  • Travelers from countries where the risk of catching COVID-19 is minimal (a safe country) who do not have proof of vaccination or recovery are advised to undergo a COVID-19 test two days after arrival and a second test five days later, according to the Dutch government.
  • Travelers from various European Union and Schengen Area nations will be subject to entrance regulations from August 8, according to Dutch officials. As a result, persons travelling who can’t show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the following countries will be required to present the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate(proof of recovery) in order to enter the country: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Italy (including Sicily), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Switzerland.
  • All people traveling to the Netherlands from Bulgaria, Norway, and the Jadranska Hrvatska region will need to have an EU Digital COVID-19 Passport starting August 21st. They will also need to show a negative test result if they can’t show medical proof that the holder has recovered from the COVID-19 disease in the previous six months or proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Sweden must display an EU Digital COVID certificate beginning August 27th. If these individuals cannot demonstrate that they have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 180 days, they will be able to produce negative viral test results before entering the Netherlands.

Travel bubble

Countries in the EU; list of safe countries/regions.


Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Janssen

Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

For the EUDCC, all vaccines that have received EU-wide marketing authorisation must be accepted by EU Member States, who may also accept vaccines approved by WHO. The Netherlands has not specified vaccines will be accepted for proof of vaccination.

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria)
  • AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac

Border status

Partially open. There is an EU Entry Ban in force, with exemptions for certain categories of travellers wishing to travel to the EU or Schengen Area. These include travllers from countries/regions designated as “safe”.