Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk

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.

No negative test result or self-quarantine required

If 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. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands. 

Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk

Safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • 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.
  • Israel

Safe countries within the EU/Schengen area

  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Finland
  • Malta
  • Ireland
  • Spain: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands only
  • Greece: the North Aegean Region, the South Aegean Region and the Ionian Islands Region only
  • Norway (excluding Oslo and the county of Agder)
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)

Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Aruba
  • Curaçao
  • St Maarten
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius

For other countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, there's the urgent advice to go into quarantine when you return. A negative test declaration is required for Aruba en Curacao from 27 March 2021.

Changes to the list of safe countries

These are the only countries where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. The status of these countries may change. Please consult this page regularly for the latest information.