Travel restrictions – an overview of neighbouring countries

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Published:
20/05/2021
Modified:
17/06/2021

Travel restrictions – an overview of neighbouring countries

As the vaccination programme is starting to show positive effects, more countries are allowing travellers to visit again. Since 15 May, the Dutch government has approved travel to countries with a low coronavirus infection. These countries are marked with the colour codes green or yellow. Countries that are marked with the colour codes orange or red are deemed unsafe to visit due to too many coronavirus infections.

As of 17 June, the colour code green applies to Malta, Saba, and St. Eustatius; and the colour code yellow applies to Austria, Aruba, Balearic Islands, Bonaire, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Corsica, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ionian Islands, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, North-Aegean Islands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Martin, Slovakia, South Korea, and Thailand.

Do take note that the coronavirus measures can change at short notice in other countries as well as in the Netherlands. You should always check Netherlands Worldwide for the latest travel advice before you embark on your journey. Also do a Quarantine Travel Check before your journey back to the Netherlands. Following is an overview of the situation in neighbouring countries (All information provided is correct at time of publication. Always check Netherlands Worldwide for the latest update):

 

France (colour code: orange)

  • As of 9 June, tourists are welcome again on condition. Upon arrival in France, you need to meet one of the following conditions:
    • A proof of vaccination in the “gele boekje” or in the app TousAntiCovid. Be aware that you must be fully vaccinated 2 weeks before arriving in France.
    • A negative result from a PCR test which must be taken within 72 hours of arrival in France or a negative antigen test within 48 hours of arrival.
    • A positive result of a PCR or antigen test, at least 15 days before arrival, but not more than 6 months before arrival, which declares you have recovered from a coronavirus infection.
  • When you return to the Netherlands, you must submit a NAAT(PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the Netherlands. You are also urgently advised to self-quarantine for 10-days.

 

Germany (colour code: yellow)

  • The Netherlands is considered a “simple” risk area for Germany. All travellers from the Netherlands must register online before arriving in Germany. You will be informed about the test and quarantine obligation in Germany when filling in the form.
  • Everyone above 6 years must provide proof in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish of a negative COVID-19 test result from a rapid antigen test (at most 48 hours before arrival) or PCR test (at most 72 hours before arrival) or proof of vaccination or recovery from an infection. This proof must be presented no later than 48 hours after entry.
  • Coronavirus measures differ per state, please refer to the German Federal Government website for updated information.

 

Spain (colour code: orange; Canary Islands: yellow)

  • The Dutch government advises against unnecessary travel to the Spanish mainland.
  • From 7 June, all travellers 12 years and older must provide proof of one of the following in Spanish, English, French or German:
    • The second dose (or any dose in the case of the Janssen vaccine) should be taken at least 14 days (and a maximum of one year) before departure.
    • Negative test result from a Nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) or Rapid antigen detection test (RATs) taken within 48 hours of arrival.
    • Proof of recovery. This proof must be issued a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 180 days after the first positive NAAT test, and must be issued by a competent authority or a medical service provider
  • Travellers arriving by plane or boat must provide a completed Health Control Form from the website of the Spanish Government upon arrival. 
  • When you return to the Netherlands from the Spanish mainland, you are obliged to take a COVID-19 test; and advised to self-quarantine for 10-days.

 

Belgium (colour code: orange)

  • The Dutch government advises against unnecessary travel to Belgium.
  • All travellers from ‘red zones’ who plan to stay in the country for more than 48 hours must self-quarantine for 10 days. On day 1 and day 7 after arrival in Belgium, you must take a mandatory PCR test. The Netherlands is considered a ‘red zone’ by Belgium.
  • All travellers from ‘red zones’ must complete a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before you arrive in Belgium. This does not apply to land transit traffic or travellers arriving with their own transport for a stay of up to 48 hours in Belgium or when returning after a stay of up to 48 hours in a red zone overseas.
  • Travellers (12 years and above) who do not live in Belgium and who must fill in the Passenger Locator Form must also bring a negative PCR-COVID-19 test with them. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before departure to Belgium.
  • A lockdown with strict measures applies throughout Belgium until further notice. Social contacts are limited and working from home is mandatory where possible. Some facilities are closed or open under strict conditions. Wearing face masks is mandatory in many places. From midnight to 05:00 hrs. there is a ban on gatherings of up to 3 people outside. For current information about the national measures in Belgium, visit the Belgian government website.
  • When you return to the Netherlands, you must take a COVID-19 test; and advised to self-quarantine for 10-days.