With the sinking number of hospitalizations and increases in the vaccinated population, at the 11 May press conference, the government introduced the second step of the reopening plan valid from May 19th, 2021.


The following measures will be lifted:

  • Indoor sports facilities may open, and outdoor sports are allowed, with limitations.

  • Outdoor leisure locations may reopen.

  • Artistic and cultural activities indoors/outdoors 

  • Rental services for recreational equipment

  • Outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés from 6:00 to 20:00

  • Contact-based industries


Current travel situation 

From 15 May, safe countries are allowed to travel to the Netherlands, and the EU travel ban does not apply in this case. There is no need for negative test results or self-quarantine.


The following countries are considered as ‘Safe countries’ with low COVID-19 risk:


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 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 travelers. Travelers from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test declaration.


Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Aruba

  • Curaçao

  • St Maarten

  • Saba

  • St Eustatius