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Last updated: 09/03/2021
*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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 and Frequently Asked Questions. For information on obtaining a CDC testing waiver please see https://nl.usembassy.gov/covid19-testing/
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: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/current-information. You can also find helpful information regarding COVID-19 on the Dutch government’s Coronavirus Dashboard: https://coronadashboard.government.nl/.
The Dutch government asks residents and visitors to comply with the measures in place to fight the spread of COVID-19. The mandatory measures include, but are not limited to, maintaining 1.5-meter social distance, compulsory use of face masks on public transport, and limits to the number of guests in personal residences. Visit the Dutch government’s COVID-19 website for more information on the measures. For detailed information regarding the basic measures: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands
As of June 26, 2021, the Netherlands will have entered Step 4 of the plan to re-open society. For information on Step 4 of the re-opening plan visit https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2021/06/18/netherlands-to-take-big-step-in-relaxing-measures-almost-everything-allowed-with-1-5-metre-distancing
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in The Netherlands? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- As of September 4, 2021, the Netherlands considers the United States to be a very high-risk area. As of September 6, 2021, travelers from such areas must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test OR a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to departure for entry to the Netherlands unless they meet the criteria for an exemption. For details and a list of exemptions please see https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/mandatory-negative-test-results-and-declaration.
- Travelers on diplomatic passports are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry into the Netherlands.
- 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 of reputation, or the quality of services provided by the following persons or firms. 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: https://travelstate-usdos.msappproxy.net/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html
- 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 https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-test or calling 0800-1202 (7 days a week between 8 am and 8 pm). For more information regarding testing please see: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-covid-19.
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 18 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Information on the Dutch vaccination program is available on their website at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/dutch-vaccination-programme.
- 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 https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/dutch-vaccination-programme/order-of-vaccination-against-coronavirus
- 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 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 September 4, 2021, the Netherlands considers the United States to be a very high-risk area. Travelers from such areas can only enter the Netherlands if they are fully vaccinated and comply with a mandatory quarantine requirement (unless they meet the criteria for an exemption). As of September 6, 2021, such travelers also must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test OR a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to departure for entry to the Netherlands. Even travelers who are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements must complete a quarantine declaration. The declaration can be completed online or printed and hand carried. Travelers can review the current entry requirements for the Netherlands at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry
- Travelers on diplomatic passports are exempt from COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for entry into the Netherlands. Such travelers are required to complete a quarantine declaration. The declaration can be completed online or printed and hand carried.
- 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: https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Transiting Schiphol Airport
- Travel to the U.S. or Other Country outside the EU: Travelers coming from high-risk countries or changing planes in high-risk countries must follow Dutch requirement for transiting the Netherlands.
- Before planning a visit to the Netherlands please review the Dutch government website on the travel restrictions: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/exemptions-to-the-entry-ban.
- Travelers with questions regarding travel to the Netherlands, including questions about the COVID-19 testing requirements, travel restrictions, and exemptions should contact the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 call center at +31 247 247 247or download the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel App available at: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/documenten/vragen-en-antwoorden/reis-app-buitenlandse-zaken.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? It depends.
- As of September 4, 2021, the necessity of providing a negative COVID-19 test depends on whether the Dutch have classified the traveler’s country of departure as safe, high risk, or very high-risk. Details regarding these classifications and the requirements for admission associated with each are available on the Dutch government website: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry.
- If required, the negative COVID test must have been performed no more than 24 hours before entering the Netherlands.
- The negative COVID-19 test declaration form must be filled out in hard copy in advance of arrival in the Netherlands.
- The Dutch government maintains a list of exemptions to the negative test requirements.
- The current list of low-risk (safe) countries as designated by the EU is available at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All passengers arriving or departing at Schiphol Airport and any other Dutch airports must complete a health declaration.
- Some airlines are no longer requiring a printed copy of the declaration and will allow you to complete it as part of the check-in process or will allow you to fill it out and save it on your mobile device. Please check with your airlines prior to commencing travel.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- As of September 4, 2021, the United States has been included in the EU very high-risk countries list. Mandatory quarantine is required for travelers from very high-risk areas regardless of nationality. The list of countries that have been designated as very high risk can be found at https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/self-quarantine/mandatory-quarantine. Travelers subject to the mandatory quarantine may be fined 339 euros if local officials conducting verification checks are unable to reach the traveler by phone and/or in person.
- 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 https://www.schiphol.nl/en/messages/coronavirus-update.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Non-surgical face masks are mandatory on 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 designated areas is 95 euros. The fine for not maintaining the required 1.5-meter social distance or not complying with any other lockdown measures is 95 euros for anyone 16 years and older and 48 euros for children 13-15 years old.
- 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 https://www.politie.nl/en/themes/corona-virus-and-police-work.html.
- Travelers subject to the mandatory quarantine may be fined 339 euros if local officials conducting verification checks are unable to reach the traveler by phone and/or in person.
- Facemasks continue to be required at the U.S. Consulate General. Even though we attempt to maintain1.5-meter social distance, a face mask must be worn at all times.
- 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), Federal Benefits (Social Security and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number applications), and notarial services including Affidavits of Civil Status. 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 due limited staffing and continued social distancing, 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. The safety of our Consulate staff and our applicants remains our guiding principle and we’ve implemented several measures to keep staff and customers safe, including physical distancing in our waiting room and spacing out appointments to reduce crowding. These safeguards have temporarily reduced our visa processing capacity, just as it has at many posts around the world. Please visit our website for details. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-nl/niv or contact us via email at email@example.com or call +31 20 241 0364 (Netherlands) and +1 703 543 9346 (U.S.) to request an emergency appointment. Foreign travelers to the U.S. are reminded that travel restrictions pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 10143 are still in place. Visa and ESTA holders who have an urgent need to travel to the U.S. and believe that you may qualify for one of the exceptions to the travel restrictions should contact the Visa Unit at AmsterdamCOVID19@state.gov. Please visit our website for information on the status of visa services in the Netherlands: https://nl.usembassy.gov/visas/. For information on the U.S. travel restrictions and exceptions visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/covid-19-travel-restrictions-and-exceptions.html
- Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) COVID-19 Webpage
- Dutch Government’s EU Travel Restrictions FAQ Webpage
- Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) COVID-19 Webpage
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- state.gov Netherlands Country Information and Travel Advisory page