Foreign travel advice

Netherlands

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the Netherlands based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Check separate travel advice pages for advice on travel to the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for the Netherlands

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for the Netherlands’ current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to the Netherlands, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the Netherlands for further information.

If you’re living in or moving to the Netherlands, visit our Living in the Netherlands guide in addition to this travel advice.

Follow the British Embassy on Facebook and Twitter.

British nationals make more than 2 million visits to the Netherlands every year, half of whom are visiting Amsterdam. Most visits are trouble-free.

Everyone over the age of 14 is required to show a valid identity document on request. See Local laws and customs

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the Netherlands. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

Be alert to the existence of street crime in cities. See Crime

Travelling via Calais? Check travel advice for France.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

If you’re travelling to the Netherlands to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in the Netherlands after Brexit.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.