Travelling to the Netherlands
For some areas of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom certain restrictions apply, please see www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl
Permanent (long-term) residents of the following countries are allowed to enter the Netherlands: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China(*)
Travelling from the Netherlands or returning to the Netherlands
Rules and Exceptions
Countries are classified as:
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Your Health Screening Form may be checked at the entrance of the airport and in the airport building itself, during check-in and boarding. At the destination airport, passengers will be randomly selected and asked to show their form. You will also need a completed Health Screening Form for the return journey. You are advised to take a blank form with you in case you are unable to download and print a form at your holiday address.
Customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency
The Corona virus outbreak has led to many far-reaching measures. This also applies to the
Where it is possible and responsible to do so customs has 'downscaled' some of their
All telephone and digital counters are still open.
Activities for the other enforcement areas are downscaled. Customs trusts that by scaling
Import and export
The following conditions apply:
There must be a disaster affecting one or more EU Member States. With the corona
The WCO keeps a list of national legislation of countries that adopted temporary import
The application for an export authorization must be submitted to customs ‘Central Import and
The WCO keeps a list of national legislation of countries that adopted temporary export
Certificates of origin
A copy, either in paper or in electronic form (scanned or available on-line), of the
Customs assures the authenticity and validation of the proof of origin carried out by the
The measure applies to: EUR.1, EUR-MED, FORM A and A.TR certificates.
Customs will, until further notice, accept the following procedure:
-To perform documentary checks customs accepts health certificates that are issued in the
-In case certificates are not issued in the TRACES system, the Competent Authority in a third
-The procedure is in line with letter SANTE.DDG2.G/BVG from the European Commission
Customs supports entrepreneurs
Deferment of payment
Code red: no impact on the transportsector
Good transport is exempt from travel restrictions to or from Belgium and Germany.
Belgium will issue code red for both South Holland and North Holland (provinces in the Netherlands) from 16:00 on 19 September.
In Germany, the measure take effect immediately for both provinces.
Code red means that there is a formal travel ban on all tourist or non-essential trips.
Goods transport is considered to be essential, so is not affected by these restrictions.
In order to prepare effectively for Brexit, Dutch stakeholders involved in Brexit, including TLN, have launched a mini-campaign to inform the public of the procedures for transport to the United Kingdom from 1 Janaury 2021.
Digital pre-notification of customs documents will be mandatory at all ferry terminals and most short-sea terminals. Without this pre-notification, trucks will not be allowed to enter the ferry terminal and will be diverted to parking areas.
Attached you will find information in English and German and a YouTube video on how transport to the United Kingdom will work from 1 January 2021.
Dutch website with information on Brexit:
On 3 June, the Dutch Infrastructure Authority announced the creation of a new free parking space to ease congestion on the border with Germany during the Corpus Christi day. The parking will be open from 22:00 as of 10 June until 22:00 of 11 June. The parking has 200 parking spaces and the authorities are asking drivers to use them as much as possible to prevent bottlenecks during that festive day.
The parking’s address is: Marketing 19 a, 6921 RE Duiven, The Netherlands. GPS 51.962767 - 06.028641.
In order to guarantee the flow of supplies, especially those destined for the supermarkets and pharmacies, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has extended the relaxation on driving and rest times until 1 June 2020.
The same conditions continue to apply for the following:
· Maximum daily driving time of 11 hours
· Maximum weekly driving time of 60 hours
· Maximum fortnightly driving limit of 96 hours
· Postponement of a weekly rest period from six to seven 24-hour periods.
Currently, the Netherlands is under a relatively relaxed Coronavirus (COVID-19) regime. Most people work from home. The government aims to have the number of infected people at the same time under control. Shops remain open although certain department stores have individually decided to close.
To enable an efficient loading and unloading procedure at shippers’ premises, it is recommended that drivers take personal protection materials with them such as masks and gloves.
The associations are in communication with the government in order to safeguard restaurants and other facilities for drivers. The Ministry recommends that drivers take their meals at fuel stations. All other restaurants remain closed until at least 6 April.
There is an ongoing debate in the Dutch Parliament and it is possible that measures will become stricter in the coming days.
Sources: Evofenedex and TLN