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Restrictions to enter and travel in the Dutch territory for travellers and transporters

Due to the increase of Sars-Cov-2 contaminations, the Netherlands are locked down since 15 December 2020.

Even more recently, due to the very active circulation of the Coronavirus and its variants on the Dutch territory, a curfew has been set up from 9 p.m. to 4.30 a.m. It will remain in place until 9th February 2021.

The Dutch government advises against travelling to the Netherlands unless it is necessary. It has implemented control measures at the borders (terrestrial, aerial, maritime) for travellers and transporters.

Said restrictions vary depending on where the travellers are coming from.

 

Restrictions to enter the Dutch territory


Travellers or transporters coming from countries of the European Union or the Schengen Space
 

Despite a strict lockdown in the Netherlands, the borders with countries of the European Union (EU) and Schengen Space remain open. 

Consequently, travellers or transporters originating from one of the EU’s member States or from a country of the Schengen Space, or living in one of the aforementioned countries may enter the Dutch territory.

As of 23 January 2021, travellers flying to the Netherlands must:

  • Carry a duly completed traveller’s public health declaration.
    In the event a traveller displays one of the symptoms listed in the declaration, he or she will not be allowed on the flight. This also applies to travellers in transit.
  • Present negative results to a quick (“antigenic”) test performed within 4 hours of the trip.
  • Present negative results to a PCR test done at most 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Carry a duly completed and signed negative test declaration.
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. Travellers may get tested again on the fifth day following their arrival on the Dutch territory. If the results are negative, they may end their quarantine.

 

Travellers sailing to the Netherlands must:

  • Present negative results to a quick (“antigenic”) test performed within 4 hours of the trip.
  • Present negative results to a PCR test done at most 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Carry a duly completed and signed negative test declaration.
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. Travellers may get tested again on the fifth day following their arrival on the Dutch territory. If the results are negative, they may end their quarantine.

 

Travellers going to the Netherlands by intercity or international train or by bus must:

  • Present negative results to a quick (“antigenic”) test performed within 4 hours of the trip.
  • Present negative results to a PCR test done at most 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. Travellers may get tested again on the fifth day following their arrival on the Dutch territory. If the results are negative, they may end their quarantine.

 

Only essential cross-border traffic is possible without these restrictions: 

  • transports of merchandise,
  • essential non-professional cross-border travels,
  • necessary professional cross-border travels.

 

Travellers or transporters coming from the United Kingdom

 

Since 23rd January 2020, all flights from the United Kingdom are forbidden.

Passenger ferries sailing from the United Kingdom are also forbidden from berthing.

Only transports of merchandise from the United Kingdom are allowed. Freight drivers travelling on ferries coming from the United Kingdom must nonetheless perform a quick antigenic test within 24 hours of boarding.

Travellers going to the Netherlands by international train or bus coming from the United Kingdom have the obligation to provide at least 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands, negative results to a COVID-19 screening test as long as these trains or busses go through France.

Finally, travellers of transporters going to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom through the Eurotunnel must provide negative results of a test to the Covid-19 performed less than 72 hours before their arrival in the Netherlands.

 

Travellers or transporters coming from countries outside of the European Union

 

Travellers coming from the countries listed below can travel to the Netherlands, regardless of their trip’s purpose or their nationality. They are also not required to present negative results of a PCR test or to submit a negative test declaration:

  • Australia,
  • China,
  • Iceland,
  • Japan,
  • New-Zealand,
  • Rwanda,
  • Singapore,
  • South Korea,
  • Thailand.

 

Travellers or transporters coming from countries not listed above will only be able to travel to the Netherlands if their reason for travelling enters in one of the exemption categories.

In this case, they will need to prepare the documents explaining the purpose of their trip, which they will need to present upon arrival in the Dutch territory.

Travellers will also need to:

  • Present negative results to a quick (“antigenic”) test performed within 4 hours of the trip.
  • Present negative results to a PCR test done at most 72 hours prior to arrival on the Dutch territory. Travellers who are only in transit through the Netherlands are not subject to this obligation.
  • Carry a signed declaration.
  • Fill before boarding a traveller’s public health declaration form.
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. Travellers may get tested again on the fifth day following their arrival on the Dutch territory. If the results are negative, they may end their quarantine.

 

Find below the list of countries from which flights to the Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean are forbidden as of 23 January 2021:

  • Cape Verde
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equator
  • French Guyana
  • Guiana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

 

Restrictions to travel in the Netherlands
 

As of 23 January 2020, and at least until 10th February, a curfew has been set up between 9 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. with a few accepted exceptions, such as professional travels among other things. 

In consequence, for all work-related travels between 9 p.m. and 4.30 a.m., travellers or transporters must hold the following certificates:

 

 

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