South America, India and South Africa replaced by quarantine

As of today, no flight bans apply in the Netherlands. Until 1 June, passengers from countries in South and Central America, India and South Africa were banned from flying until 1 June, where new variants of the coronavirus were present. But the ban is being replaced today by new quarantine rules.

The Dutch measure is of interest to EU citizens. Travellers from so-called highly risk countries are still subject to the EU entry ban. They may only enter the EU if they belong to the groups excluded from the ban.

The EU Flight Ban, combined with the – now expired – Dutch fly ban, made it almost impossible to come to the Netherlands, including for Dutch residents.

That changes now that the legal quarantine obligation has entered into. This means that passengers have to quarantine for ten days after arriving in the Netherlands. Or shorter, if tested negative after five days. If they do not comply with this, they risk a fine of 435 euros.

Two negative test results

leaving for the Netherlands, passengers must show two proof that they do not have a corona: a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure and a negative rapid test of up to 24 hours old. An alternative to this is a negative test result of a PCR text taken up to 24 hours before departure.


are many exceptions to the EU entry ban, including family members of EU residents, students and business people, provided that they have two negative declarations and go into quarantine.

Furthermore, the quarantine obligation applies to all types of transport. So also travellers who come to the Netherlands by car, train or boat. People who come from โ€œorangeโ€ countries receive urgent advice to go into quarantine.