COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/29/2021

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information at International Travel | CDC, COVID-19 Traveler Information (state.gov), and Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers | CDC

Country-Specific Information

The Netherlands has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Weekly updates to the number of infections are being tracked on the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) website:  Current information about COVID-19 | RIVM.  You can also find helpful information regarding COVID-19 on the Dutch government’s Coronavirus Dashboard:  Coronavirus Dashboard | COVID-19 | Government.nl

On December 18, the Dutch government announced that the country would go into lockdown from December 19 until at least January 14, 2022.  As a result, most venues are closed and people have been directed to stay at home as much as possible with no more than two visitors per day.  Face masks are compulsory in the limited number of open shops, and in train, bus and metro stations as well as on all public transport and in the airport.  Visit Dutch measures against COVID-19 | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl for more information on the measures.

Effective December 22, 2021, all passengers arriving from outside of the EU/Schengen area will have to provide a negative COVID test in addition to proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID.  Effective December 30, 2021, all passengers arriving from the United States will have to self-quarantine for 10 days.  See below for additional details.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in The Netherlands?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes
  • As of December 22, 2021, travelers from outside the EU/Schengen area may enter the Netherlands only if (1) they have proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID AND (2) have proof of a negative COVID test.  There are limited exemptions explained here:  EU Entry Ban Exemption Categories.  This applies to everyone aged 12 or over.  Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 48 hours OR a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to departure as well as a completed health declarationIn addition, travelers coming from areas deemed “very high risk” by the Dutch government must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival (unless negative test result is received on day 5) even if they have proof of vaccination or recovery and a negative COVID test.  Effective December 30, 2021, the United States is considered to be a “very high risk” country.  As a result, in addition to the other requirements, travelers from the United States will have to present a completed quarantine declaration upon arrival and then self-quarantine.  The current list of all very high risk countries is available at Coronavirus COVID-19 | Travelling to the Netherlands from Abroad.  Travelers can review the current entry requirements for the Netherlands at Checklists for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl
  • Travelers on diplomatic passports are exempt from COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for entry into the Netherlands, however, they still must present a completed health declaration and a completed quarantine declaration upon arrival.
  • Many local clinics offer private pre-departure COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.  Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.
  • Commercial COVID-19 test centers provide negative test results, including a PCR certificate, via email.  Travelers are encouraged to print out the email prior to traveling to ensure you have a copy of the results during your trip.  The average costs for a travel-related COVID-19 PCR test in the Netherlands is 130 to 160 euros.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam has prepared a list of commercial testing providers.  This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time.  The Embassy and Consulate are not able to administer or pay for COVID-19 tests.  Potential travelers should carefully consider that availability of tests and timeliness of results cannot be guaranteed.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General assume no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation, or the quality of services provided by the persons or firms on the list.  Note that there are currently no COVID-19 testing facilities in the transit area of Schiphol Airport.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC COVID-19 testing requirements, please review the following page:  Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 | CDC
  • Anyone in the Netherlands experiencing symptoms consistent with a possible coronavirus infection, including loss of smell or taste, or who is at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 may schedule an appointment to be tested by the GGD.  COVID-19 testing can be scheduled online by visiting Testing for coronavirus | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl or calling 0800-1202 (7 days a week between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.).   For more information regarding testing please see:  Testing for COVID-19 | RIVM

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of the Netherlands approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in the Netherlands for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in the Netherlands?  Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen-J&J
  • All residents of the Netherlands age 12 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Information on the Dutch vaccination program is available on their website at Dutch vaccination programme against COVID-19 | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and free of charge in the Netherlands.  Invitations to be vaccinated will be sent via email or mail.  For information on the COVID-19 vaccination schedules in the Netherlands visit the Dutch government’s website at Dutch vaccination programme against COVID-19 | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl
  • Residents of the Netherlands, including U.S. citizens, who are registered in their municipality in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP) or Registration Non-Residents (RNI) databases are eligible for the vaccine and will receive an invitation letter via email or letter.
  • The Dutch government strongly recommends registering with a local general practitioner (huisarts) to ensure that contact information is up to date for the vaccination invitation letter that will be sent.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes, as of June 24, 2021.
  • As of December 22, 2021, travelers from outside the EU/Schengen area may enter the Netherlands only if (1) they have proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID AND (2) have proof of a negative COVID test.  There are limited exemptions explained here:  EU Entry Ban Exemption Categories.  This applies to everyone aged 12 or over.  Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 48 hours OR a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to departure.  In addition, travelers coming from areas deemed “very high risk” by the Dutch government must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival (unless negative test result is received on day 5) even if they have proof of vaccination or recovery and a negative COVID test.  Effective December 30, 2021, the United States is considered to be a “very high risk” country.  As a result, in addition to the other requirements, travelers from the United States will have to present a completed quarantine declaration upon arrival and then self-quarantine.  The current list of all very high risk countries is available at Coronavirus COVID-19 | Travelling to the Netherlands from Abroad.  Travelers can review the current entry requirements for the Netherlands at Checklists for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl
  • Travelers on diplomatic passports are exempt from COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for entry into the Netherlands, however, they still must present a completed health declaration and a completed quarantine declaration upon arrival.
  • Many local clinics offer private pre-departure COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.  Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.
  • Travelers with questions about the EU travel restrictions should contact the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 call center at +31 247 247 247.
  • Visa and Residency Extensions:  If your stay in the Netherlands will exceed the period authorized and you cannot leave, contact the Dutch immigration service (IND) immediately for assistance at 088 04 30430.  If you are currently in the possession of a Dutch visa or residency card, be sure to have it available during the call.   If you are staying in the Netherlands on a short-stay visa and cannot leave the country, you can apply for an extension.   If you were not granted an extension of stay, the Dutch government has asked all non-EU residents to return home as soon as they are able.   The Dutch government is aware that it may be more difficult to return during this period and will therefore be less strict in enforcing penalties and removals at this time.  You are expected to make every effort to return to the United States before your visa expires, however.  For more information visit:  Coronavirus: effects on application or stay (ind.nl)

Transiting Schiphol Airport

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

Quarantine Information

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
    • Flight availability is limited, and delays and cancellations can occur at any time due to rapidly changing local conditions.  Travelers should consult with their airlines regarding flight schedules.  For information and news regarding flights and airport operations at Schiphol, please visit Schiphol | Latest information on the coronavirus and Schiphol
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
    • Non-surgical face masks are mandatory in all shops, public facilities such as museums, train, metro and bus stations as well as on all public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis, and passenger vans.  An advance reservation and completion of a health questionnaire are required for taxis and passenger vans.  On all other types of transport (such as canal/river boats) passengers must maintain 1.5-meter distance.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • The fine for not wearing a mask in public transport is 95 euros.
  • The Dutch government has authorized local officials at the regional and municipal level to implement additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to levy fines for non-compliance.  Measures and fines for non-compliance will vary at the local level.
  • For questions regarding COVID-19 related violations, crimes, and fines visit Questions about corona and policing | politie.nl

Consular Operations

  • Facemasks continue to be required at the U.S. Consulate General and must be worn at all times.
  • Please note that services are only available to U.S. Citizens residing in the Netherlands, Dutch passport holders and other lawful residents of the Netherlands.  No one residing outside of the Netherlands, at this time, will be permitted to make an appointment at the consulate.
  • The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam currently provides limited routine passport services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), limited Federal Benefits (Social Security and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number applications), and notarial services. To schedule a passport, CRBA, or notarial appointment please visit our website.  For information on Federal Benefits/Social Security/ITIN Services information please review our Social Security webpage.  For all other inquiries not addressed on our website and any emergency requests, please email ACS at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov.  Please note that services are only available to U.S. Citizens residing in the Netherlands, Dutch passport holders and other lawful residents of the Netherlands.  No one residing outside of the Netherlands, at this time, will be permitted to make an appointment at the consulate.
  • The Visa Unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam is providing limited immigrant visa services and very limited non-immigrant visa services for students and certain petition-based workers who qualify for an exception to current travel restrictions. Wait times for NIV appointments will remain significantly longer than usual as we work to resume services safely. Please visit our website for details. If you have an urgent life or death humanitarian matter or work on Covid related research/response and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service | Netherlands | English (usvisa-info.com)  or contact us via email at fae_contactus+nl+info+en@visaops.net or call +31 20 241 0364 (Netherlands) and +1 703 543 9346 (U.S.) to request an emergency appointment.  Please visit our website for information on the status of visa services in the Netherlands: Visas | U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands (usembassy.gov).

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