Netherlands is one of the highly receptive countries in the world, with their outstanding and welcoming airport services. Due to Covid-19, some stringent measures to protect person that enters the country through Schiphol Airport. Covid-19 is no respecter of person, race, ethnicity or colour, thus, every favourable or unfavourable measures implemented by any country must be respected and adhered to.
Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk
What is a Safe Country? – A safe country is a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. If you live in a safe country, you may travel to the Netherlands. The EU travel ban does not apply to you. It does not matter what your nationality or the purpose of your trip is. Countries that are not on the list of safe countries are considered high-risk areas.
If you are from the below listed safe countries, no negative test result required as long as you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. The following are the safe countries as approved by the EU.
Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
If you live in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the EU travel ban does not apply to you. You do not need to have a negative test result for COVID-19 if you are coming from:
- St Maarten
- St Eustatius
Safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau). Only if China lifts entry restrictions on European travellers. Travellers from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test declaration.
Safe countries within the EU/Schengen area
These are the only countries where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. The status of these countries may change. Please consult this blog regularly for the latest information.
Please Note: Based on the above list of safe countries, any country which was not stated must comply with the new 2 negative test results. requirement issued by the Netherlands authorities.
The EU member states have decided to remove Japan from the list of safe countries as of 2 February 2021. The reason for this is that the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Japan is no longer low. The EU entry ban will apply to travellers from Japan as of 2 February. As of 4 February 2021, people who are exempt from the entry ban and are travelling to the Netherlands from Japan must present 2 negative test results. This requirement is being introduced 2 days after the entry ban enters into force to give travellers time to prepare for their trip and make an appointment for a test.
Covid-19: Negative Test Declaration Form
Please note that in addition to the Covid-19 test you obtain from the above medical centres; you have to attach your Negative test declaration form to it. Travellers must show this negative test declaration and the negative test result itself when boarding the aircraft or ship, or when requested to do so by airport or ship staff or the designated (medical) authority, such as the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. Otherwise, they may be denied entry to the Netherlands, or the aircraft or ship. Please click here to download the form.
We will make sure we update you with the list of safe countries as and when any changes are made by the Netherlands authorities. All other necessary updates would be communicated as well, so make time to visit our blog and all social media handles for latest travel updates.
Source: Government of the Netherlands (Coronavirus COVID-19)