Important information with regards to travelling during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Travelling abroad*

Only travel to countries with a yellow or green travel advise. Please note that where you travel to, extra corona measures like quarantine or test obligations may apply. The situation in a country may change rapidly, therefor, check the trave advise regularly. 

Checklist for travel to the Netherlands

Foreign tourists traveling from safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk are welcome in the Netherlands.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a European entry ban is in effect for some people, barring them from travelling to the European Union or the Schengen area. If you travel to the Netherlands, check these points before you travel.

1. EU Entry ban

If you are in a country that is part of the European Union (EU) or the Schengen area, the EU entry ban does not apply to you.

If you are not a national of an EU or Schengen area country, the EU entry ban applies to you. You can only travel to the Netherlands if you fall into one of the exemption categories for the travel ban.

2. Flight ban

As of 1 June 2021, there is no longer a ban on flights from India, South Africa and the countries in Central and South America. 

3. Negative test result requirement

If you are travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft, ship, train or coach from a high-risk area, you must get tested for coronavirus. You must present the negative test result before departure.

Certain exemptions apply, including for diplomats and lorry drivers. And you do not need to show a negative test result if you are coming from a country on the EU list of safe countries.

4. Health declaration for air travel

If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.

5. Self-quarantine

You must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving in the Netherlands. You can get tested again on day 5 after your arrival. If the result is negative you can end your self-quarantine. To prepare for your journey to the Netherlands do the Quarantine Check for Travellers. This is a practical checklist of steps to take before and after your journey. You should travel only if your journey is essential.

*Source: Government.nl

Restrictions Schiphol Airport

Does your flight take off from Schiphol Airport? Your trip via Schiphol might be a little different than your are used to. 

Are you picking up someone of dropping off? Do not accompany travellers inside the building, only if there is no other option. Wear a face mask. 

Parking is available in P1, P3 or you can use Valet Parking Service. 

Also at Schiphol airport, 1.5m distance is required. However, whilst queing for check-in, security or boarding, 1.5m distance can be quite a challenge. Schiphol Airport has taken measures in order to secure social distancing but unfortunately, it is not always possible. Therefore, wearing a face mask in those areas is obligated. Also, every traveller is obligated to bring a completed health screening form. 

Are you in a waiting line? Place your suitcase in front of you to have more space. Ticket desks, check in desks, transfer desks etc. have protection screens and stickers reminding travellers of social distancing. Checking in online will avoid an extra contact moment. 

All shops at Schiphol, both before and after security, will be open. You no longer need to make an appointment to enter a shop, but there is a maximum number of customers allowed inside. Non-essential shops may be open between 06:00 and 20:00. The usual opening hours apply to essential shops at Schiphol, such as supermarkets, drug stores, the pharmacy, Service Point (Plaza), Seal & Go and financial services like banks.

International trains

The Dutch Government advises to limit travelling to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the number of international trains has decreased. 

It is required to wear face masks in the station and at the platforms. 

Changing your travel plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Many airlines currently still have flight and/or capcityrestrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Changing your travel date or destination are in most cases allowed at no additional costs. However, a possible difference in ticket fare is still applicable.

Multiple airlines now offer the option for a refund of your ticket. It is also possible to opt for a voucher, as alternative for the cancelled flight due corona. The conditions of a voucher are as follows:  

  • Validity max. 12 months, some airlines have extended the validity to up to 24 months;
  • If unused within the validity date, the unused part must be refunded to the passenger;
  • The initiative for this is with the airline. 

Unfortunately, there is an inconsistency from airlines with regards to the conditions of vouchers. Also, vouchers are given out at the name of the passenger while the passenger, whose name is in the ticket, is not always the person who has paid for the ticket. In many cases, this is the company. 

Uniglobe Travel is 'open for business' so please do not hesitate to contact us for changing your ticket. We will inform you about the actual conditions applicable.

Fo rmore actual information from the government, our partners as well as useful links, click here