Regulations and recommendations

CONSULT OFFICIAL INFORMATION AND/OR ENTRY RESTRICTIONS TO BE ALWAYS INFORMED 


TRAVEL RESTRICCIONS

Low risk countries: EU/Schengen green countries or safe countries outside EU/Schengen:
Passengers from low-risk countries can travel to the Netherlands.  

High or very high risk countries: EU/Schengen yellow countries or very high risk outside EU/Schengen:
Passengers from high or very high risk countries may travel to the Netherlands, subject to the health and quarantine requirements listed below. 

Countries of virus variant area: EU/Schengen Orange countries or virus variants outside EU/Schengen:
Passengers from high or very high risk countries may travel to the Netherlands, subject to the health and quarantine requirements listed below. 

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Low risk countries: EU/Schengen green countries or safe countries outside EU/Schengen:
There are no health requirements for passengers from low risk countries. 

Note: With effect from 08 August 2021, proof of negative test result or vaccination is mandatory for travelling from safe areas outside the EU.

High or very high risk countries: EU/Schengen yellow countries or very high risk outside EU/Schengen:
Pax are required to have one of the following three options:

OPTION 1:

Vaccination certificate confirming that passengers have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before (28 days in case of Janssen vaccine after 14 August 2021), provided they are not travelling from very high risk countries. Vaccination certificate is only accepted if: 

  • Spread after vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or is on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use List.
  • It has been extended on the basis of full vaccination, with these 3 cases being considered: 
    • The vaccination schedule consists of a single dose and that this single dose has been administered (Janssen).
    • The vaccination programme consists of two doses and: both doses have been administered or one dose has been administered and the vaccinated person has been confirmed to have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • It is available in one of the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish ncludes the following: Information identifying the person who has been vaccinated.
  • The information to be submitted should include:
    • Information demonstrating that the person concerned has been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus
    • The name of the vaccine and the name of the manufacturer or marketing organisation holding each dose of vaccine administered.
    • Information identifying the person who has been vaccinated 
    • The date on which each dose of vaccine was given
    • The name of the country in which the vaccine was administered
    • The name of the issuer of the vaccination certificate
    • A signature or authentication stamp affixed by the issuer
  • Approved vaccines: Astra Zeneca EU (Vaxzevria); Astra Zeneca - Japan (Vaxzevria); Astra Zeneca - Australia (Vaxzevria); Astra Zeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria); Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - United States of America;Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty); Johnson & Johnson ((COVID-19 Vaccine) Janssen); Moderna (Spikevax); Serum Institute of India (Covishield); Sinopharm BIBP; Sinovac.

OPTION 2: 

Negative result of the NAAT test based on a sample taken not more than 48 hours before arrival in the Netherlands, or a negative result of the antigen test based on a sample taken not more than 24 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.

•    Only molecular NAAT tests (PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT) are accepted for NAAT test results.
•    Self-tests, serological tests used to detect antibodies in blood, negative results issued by the UK NHS or the Irish HSE will not be accepted.
•    The test result will be negative (or not detected) for SARS-CoV-2.
•    A negative NAAT (PCR) test result performed up to 96 hours (instead of 72 hours) before arrival in the Netherlands will be accepted if the passenger carries evidence that the delay is not his/her responsibility.
•    The test result must include the passenger's name and surname as indicated on the passport or identity card, date and time the passenger was tested, name and contact information of the institute, doctor or laboratory that carried out the test (logo or stamp).
•    The test result must be in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian or Portuguese. If the test result is in a language other than Dutch or English, a translation will be accepted provided that the translation bears the original signature or stamp of the doctor or institute that carried out the test.
•    The test result can be digital or printed.

OPTION 3: 

Evidence of recovery confirming that pax have recovered from CoVID-19 (e.g. EU digital CoVID certificate). Pax must have tested positive at least 11 days before and not more than 180 days before.

Exemptions: 

  • Passengers in transit, provided that the transit time is less than 24 hours.
  • Cross-border workers, including students and school pupils: these are passengers who live in an EU Member State/Schengen Area or the UK and work/study/attend school in the Netherlands (or vice versa: passengers who live in the Netherlands and work/study/attend school in an EU Member State/Schengen Area or the UK), and who return to their place of residence at least once a week. These pax must have a certificate of residence (such as a rental contract or a certificate from the official authorities) and a certificate of work, study or school attendance in another member state (such as an employment contract, a company statement, school enrolment documents or school declaration).
  • Passengers travelling on behalf of the Ministry or the State Secretariat for Justice and Security. This applies in particular to flights where KMAR staff are accompanying a person to or from the Netherlands.
  • Passengers with a statement from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the context of urgent medical transportation
  • (Incoming) staff of diplomatic and consular representations or international organisations in the Netherlands who have registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including members of their official assignment;
  • Heads of state and members of foreign governments
  • Passengers travelling by direct flight from a country on the list of safe countries provided that they have been resident in that safe country for the 10 days prior to their travel to the Netherlands
  • Passengers departing from a country on the list of safe countries in transit through a country which is not on the list of safe countries, provided that they do not leave the airport during transit and that they have resided in this safe country in the 10 days prior to their journey to the Netherlands
  • Crew members of aircraft, cruise ships and ferries whenever they are travelling in the course of their duties
  • Seafarers in possession of a logbook travelling to the Netherlands on work-related passenger transport
  • Seafarers in possession of a logbook travelling to the Netherlands on work-related passenger transport
  • Essential transport personnel travelling to the Netherlands on work-related passenger transport, including truck drivers, crew members on container ships, bulk carriers (such as ore or coal), oil tankers and fishing vessels.
  • Passengers with a NATO Travel Order or NATO-2 visa
  • Passengers working on gas or oil rigs, offshore wind energy installation and offshore companies providing services to the energy sector, travelling on work-related passenger transport
  • Passengers diverted to a Dutch airport and whose original destination is not the Netherlands

 

Countries of virus variant area: EU/Schengen Orange countries or virus variants outside EU/Schengen:
Regardless of whether pax have been vaccinated or not, they are required to have one of the following two options:

OPTION 1:

Negative result of the rapid test based on a sample taken not more than 24 hours before boarding and not more than 48 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.

OPTION 2:

They must have both: A negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands, or a negative antigen test based on a sample taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival, and a negative Rapid Test result based on a sample taken no more than 24 hours prior to shipment.

Exemptions:

  • Passengers in transit, provided that the transit time is less than 24 hours.
  • Cross-border workers, including students and school pupils: these are passengers who live in an EU Member State/Schengen Area or the UK and work/study/attend school in the Netherlands (or vice versa: passengers who live in the Netherlands and work/study/attend school in an EU Member State/Schengen Area or the UK), and who return to their place of residence at least once a week. These pax must have a certificate of residence (such as a rental contract or a certificate from the official authorities) and a certificate of work, study or school attendance in another member state (such as an employment contract, a company statement, school enrolment documents or school declaration).
  • Passengers travelling on behalf of the Ministry or the State Secretariat for Justice and Security. This applies in particular to flights where KMAR staff are accompanying a person to or from the Netherlands.
  • Passengers travelling on behalf of the Ministry or the State Secretariat for Justice and Security. This applies in particular to flights where KMAR staff are accompanying a person to or from the Netherlands;
  • Passengers with a statement from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the context of urgent medical transport;
  • (Incoming) staff of diplomatic and consular representations or international organisations in the Netherlands who have registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including members of their official assignment;
  • Heads of state and members of foreign governments
  • Crew members of aircraft, cruise ships and ferries whenever they are travelling in the course of their work;
  • Seafarers holding a seafarer's record book who are travelling to the Netherlands on passenger transport in connection with their work; Pax with a NATO Travel Order or NATO-2 visa; Seafarers holding a seafarer's record book who are travelling to the Netherlands on passenger transport in connection with their work
  • Passengers working on gas or oil rigs, offshore wind energy installation and offshore companies providing services to the energy sector, travelling on work-related passenger transport
  • Passengers diverted to a Dutch airport and whose original destination is not the Netherlands

 

QUARANTINE REQUERIMENTS

Passengers arriving in the Netherlands from very high risk areas or countries with virus variants from outside the EU/Schengen are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. After 5 days, after making an appointment for testing and if the result of the NAAT test is negative, the quarantine ends.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUERIMENTS

All passengers must complete the health notification during the online check-in process. It is only required to be submitted on paper for connections from non-European carriers.

Informative documents:

Letter for passengers:

Spanish version
 

English version
 

Dutch version

 

TRANSPORT OF DESINFECTANT GEL

The limit for the transport of alcohol-based disinfectant gels for flights departing from the Netherlands remains at 100 millilitres.