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Travelling to Rotterdam for business: Latest COVID-19 information

Updated on November 29, 2021

Now that COVID-related restrictions are being eased in many countries, travelling to Rotterdam for business is slowly becoming more realistic and feasible. But what are the conditions and regulations if you decide to come here?

The Dutch government is focusing on opening up the country as safely as possible again. Below, you can find the latest information given by the Dutch government.

What’s new? Press conference November 26

The unfortunate increase in covid-19 cases in the Netherlands has forced the Dutch government to reapply stricter measures for the upcoming weeks. On Friday, November 26 the government held a press conference and  introduced the new measures which are intended to significantly reduce the frequency of contact between people.

What is changing?

  • Everyone should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Between 17.00 and 05.00 locations must be closed and events are not permitted.
  • Everyone aged 18 and over must stay 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Essential shops, such as supermarkets can stay open until 20.00.
  • Face masks while moving around and 1.5-metre distancing are required at all locations where people have assigned seats. This means fewer people can be admitted to these locations.
  • The rules for working from home have been tightened: ‘Work from home. If this is impossible: stay 1.5 metres apart at work.’
  • Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors.

For the full list of new measures, please visit corona measures in brief.

What’s new? Press conference November 12

On Friday, November 12th, the Dutch government held latest press conference hopes to combat a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates.

Here are the main takeaways from the press conference:

  • Work at home, unless you must work at your workplace.
  • Receive a maximum of 4 guests a day at home. This does not include children up to and including 12 years of age.
  • If a member of your household or housemate is infected with the coronavirus, your whole household must go into quarantine.
  • Many locations have restricted opening hours. Non-essential shops are now open from 06:00-18:00, essential shops including supermarkets, pet shops and opticians are now open from 06:00-20:00.
  • Allocated seating is compulsory in places where a coronavirus entry pass is required. This applies to the catering industry, sports, art and culture and events.
  • Catering establishments, such as restaurants and cafés are also open until 20:00.
  • Events are only permitted from 06:00 to 18:00.
  • Events may only allow entry to a maximum of 1 250 people in an indoor area.
  • The Netherlands government has issued travel advice per country.
  • Do you have holiday plans? Travelling is and remains a risk, for more specific information, please check the travel advice on (in Dutch).

For the full list of new measures, please visit corona measures in brief.

What’s new? Press conference November 5

Many corona measurements have been lifted or eased in the Netherlands, however certain requirements are still in place.

On November 5, the Dutch government held a press conference announcing new measurements to be effective from November 6th.

The basic rules stay in place that includes getting tested if any COVID-19 symptoms are present even if you have been vaccinated, staying at home and avoiding contact with others if tested positive, keeping 1.5 meter distance and other general safety rules.

Working from home from 3 November 2021, the current advice for working from home will be tightened. From that date onwards, you should work from home for at least half of your normal hours.

Facemasks will be mandatory in more places effective November 6.

Coronavirus entry pass system will be required at more public places from November 6.

Please find the full list of new regulations here .

Keeping safe distance: Staying 1.5 metres from others is no longer mandatory, but is urgently adviced to follow. Additionally, other basic rules: washing hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, not shaking hands, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms apply.

Coronavirus entry pass system:  From 25th of September, the 1.5 meter distance is no longer required in public spaces throughout the Netherlands. In order to safely enjoy the outdoors and indoors, the Dutch government introduced a corona entry pass. You can get a coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry. For people without proof of vaccination or recovery, getting tested will remain free of charge. 

Traveling from abroad:  Foreign travelers, coming from countries with similar or low health risks situations can enter the Netherlands. 

Facemasks: Wearing facemasks remain mandatory in certain social settings, including public transport.

List of safe countries

The Dutch Government works with a list of ‘safe countries/regions with a low COVID-19 risk’. If you are in a safe country or region, you may travel to the Netherlands. The EU travel ban doesn’t apply to you. You also don’t need to show a negative test result and you are not required to self-quarantine after arrival in the Netherlands. Check the list of safe countries/regions here .

One thing to be aware of is that all travelers over 13 years of age and arriving by plane are required to have completed a Health Declaration Form before boarding.

EU entry ban and exemptions

A European entry ban is still in effect for some people, barring them from traveling to the European Union or the Schengen area. You may only travel to the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. Are you unsure whether your trip to the Netherlands complies with EU regulations? Please check the exemption categories . One of the exemptions concerns business travel.

An exemption to the entry ban for residents from countries that are not on the EU list of safe countries applies to business travelers if the purpose of travel will have demonstrable value for the Dutch economy and Dutch society. The following conditions must be with:

  • the travel is urgent and cannot be postponed
  • the appointment must take place in person
  • the visit is vital to the Dutch economy.

If the criteria of the policy framework are met and the monthly quota has not yet been reached, an application for a Verbal Note can be submitted to the Dutch embassy (or consulate) of the country where the business traveler lives. In practice, the application for a business trip related to a (potential) foreign direct investment in NL is processed by the relevant NFIA office in the country/region where you come from.

Checklist for entry

Finally, if you are traveling to the Netherlands, please also make sure to check the checklist for entering the Netherlands before making your travel arrangements. The same web page provides information about the basic rules that will apply during your stay in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam Expat Centre

If you are an international business traveler or expat coming to Rotterdam and you have practical questions about your stay in our city, please contact the experts at our Rotterdam Expat Center . They will be happy to help you.

Dutch government info

The information on this page is an abbreviation of the official information, accessible on the website of the Dutch Government .


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