Beginning Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. CEST, travelers arriving from countries not on the European Union’s list of safe countries will have to have negative COVID-19 test results in order to gain entry to the Netherlands.

Key Points:

  • Negative test results from a COVID-19 PCR test will be required for entry for passengers coming from countries that are not on the EU safe countries list and who qualify for an exception to travel to the Netherlands.
  • The test result must be shown in hard-copy, must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry and must include the name of the traveler, lab information and the date and time of the test. This information must be in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish.
  • Travelers must also submit a signed Negative Test Declaration and a Health Declaration Form.
  • Tests are not required from anyone traveling within the EU/Schengen Area. Nor are they required from travelers under the age of 13.
  • Dutch citizens, residents and their family members are exempt from the testing requirements. So are cross-border workers, travelers transiting through the Netherlands and a limited number of others. A complete list of exemptions is available here.
  • The list of countries on the EU’s safe list is subject to change, but currently includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay. The ban on travel from China will be lifted once China allows entry to EU nationals.

Analysis & Comments: Travelers who have not taken a test before their arrival to the Netherlands will not be allowed entry into the country. Employers and workers should make arrangements to meet entry requirements. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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