Netherlands Opens For Visitors From 11 More Countries Today (July 8, 2021)

The Netherlands has had one of the strictest restrictions in place for travel to the country and its citizens and residents; what can be done once inside. The country, however, is rapidly reopening for travel.

The country opened for travelers from the US, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan on June 24, 2021, and eleven more today (July 8). No vaccination or PCR-RT, or other tests required.

You can access the Netherlands list for allowed countries here.

Here are the countries added to the safe list today:

  • Armenia (from 8 July onwards)
  • Azerbaijan (from 8 July onwards)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (from 8 July onwards)
  • Brunei (from 8 July onwards)
  • Canada (from 8 July onwards)
  • Jordan (from 8 July onwards)
  • Kosovo (from 8 July onwards)
  • Moldova (from 8 July onwards)
  • Montenegro (from 8 July onwards)
  • Qatar (from 8 July onwards)
  • Saudi Arabia (from 8 July onwards)

Here’s the current list:

Checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad

If you wish to enter or return to the Netherlands, check these points before you travel.

Travelling from a safe country/region

Safe countries/regions outside the EU/Schengen area

  • Albania
  • Armenia (from 8 July onwards)
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan (from 8 July onwards)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (from 8 July onwards)
  • Brunei (from 8 July onwards)
  • Canada (from 8 July onwards)
  • China (the EU travel ban applies until China lifts entry restrictions on European travellers)
  • China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong
  • China’s Special Administrative Regions of Macau
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan (from 8 July onwards)
  • Kosovo (from 8 July onwards)
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova (from 8 July onwards)
  • Montenegro (from 8 July onwards)
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Qatar (from 8 July onwards)
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia (from 8 July onwards)
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

Safe countries/regions within the EU/Schengen area

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy, including Sicily
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira apart from:
    • Area Metropolitana de Lisboa (until 8 July)
    • Area Metropolitana de Lisboa and the Algarve region (from 8 July onwards)
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands only
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Safe countries/regions within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Changes to the list of safe countries/regions

These are the only non-EU countries where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. The status of these countries may change. Please consult this page regularly for the latest information.

Nothing required if arriving from safe countries:

Travelling from a safe country/region

Checklist when travelling from a safe country/region

1. No EU travel ban

You may travel to the Netherlands, the EU travel ban and does not apply to you.

2. No negative test result or self-quarantine required

If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands.

3. Health declaration

If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.

Conclusion

The Netherlands has quickly opened for more visitors than many other European countries without any test or quarantine requirements.

It is somewhat weird considering that the country had one of the most restrictive transit requirements in place for months (you needed a negative PCR-RT test even when just transiting through Schiphol).

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