Netherlands: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel RestrictionsUpdated on 12 may 2021, 09:54 UTC+8
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Entry into NetherlandsEntry prohibited
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering the Netherlands for non-essential travel. This policy does not apply to nationals and residents from countries or regions in the European Union, countries or regions associated with the Schengen Area, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, or Thailand. Further exemptions exist for cross-border commuters, business travelers, diplomats, elite athletes and their support staff, flight crews, key workers, students intending to remain in the Netherlands for less than 3 months, highly-skilled migrants intending to work in the Netherlands for less than 3 months, persons in the cultural or creative sectors, non-Dutch nationals who are members of the armed forces traveling to the Netherlands as part of their duties, persons who hold a "long-stay" visa, persons who hold a service passport traveling to the Netherlands as part of their duties, persons who hold a valid residence permit, persons who work in the energy or transport sectors, persons who work for international or humanitarian organizations, persons whose purpose of travel will have demonstrable value for the Dutch economy and Dutch society, persons with a compelling family interest, professional journalists, researchers, seafarers in possession of a seafarer's record book (excluding seafarers on commercial yachts and pleasure crafts), seasonal workers, or non-Dutch nationals who qualify as "partners in a long-distance relationship." Be advised, some regional- and municipal-level authorities in the Netherlands have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. A complete list of exempted categories and information about required documentation is available at the following URL: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad
Passenger flights from the following locations are currently suspended: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. All persons (including Dutch nationals) arriving from a high-risk location must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 24 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Persons lacking such proof may alternatively show proof of both a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure and a rapid antigen test based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours prior to departure. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from Australia, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Rwanda, Saba, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, South Korea, or Thailand. Additionally, all persons must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This policy does not apply to cross-border commuters, students, persons engaged in the cross-border transportation of goods or passengers, and persons visiting a child, parent, partner, or spouse. Persons who undergo testing for COVID-19 after 5 days in self-isolation may end their self-isolation early provided they test negative. More information is available at the following URL: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/mandatory-negative-test-results-and-declaration
Returning to United StatesEntry prohibited
From May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.