Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:
Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar territories):
Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.
For full details, please see or refer to the website of the European Union, http://europa.eu/.
For full details please see Terms & Definitions, section 5. Customs, or refer to the website of the European Union, http://europa.eu/.
Certain plants and plant products entering the EU must have an original phytosanitary certificate (see here). These items must be declared on arrival and are subject to phytosanitary checks.
Import and export of firearms and/or ammunition requires prior permission from Dutch Customs, Tel: 31 88 151 21 22.
Prohibited: It is not allowed to import arms and ammunition from Russian Fed. and Syria. For more information see here
Small quantities of cut flowers without soil are generally allowed.
Passengers with destinations within the EU are allowed to spend up to EUR 90.76 on tax-free articles.
Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 . For more information contact the nearest Dutch embassy. Pets may enter as passenger’s checked baggage, in the cabin (consult transporting carrier) or as cargo.
Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007. Always consult the local Ministry of Agriculture or Veterinary Service or nearest Dutch Consulate prior to travel, because “endangered species”, whether alive or stuffed or parts thereof may not be imported and will be returned, even if the health documents are in order. Dispensation to be obtained prior to arrival from the Department for Nature Conservation, Environmental Protection and Wild Life Management, Bezuidenhoutseweg 73 (P.O. Box 20401), 2500 EK The Hague. Tel: 31 70 3793390. Fax: 31 70 3792922.
The import of psittacine birds if coming from Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua or Paraguay is prohibited.
Baggage is cleared at airport of final destination in the Netherlands. However, if ticketed transfer is operated by train, baggage must be cleared at first airport of entry.
Currency Import regulations:
Same regulations as for Export apply.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (Euro – EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and
cheques of any kind) must be declared.
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
Learn all about regulations for your destination country. From airport tax to be paid on departure, to importing pets, as well as rules on how much currency you may bring into and out of a country.
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Due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections, the Netherlands has been in lockdown since 15 December 2020. This measure will be in force until at least 20 April; during this period traveling to and from the Netherlands is strongly discouraged. A temporary ban on passenger flights has even been imposed for some countries.
As of Saturday the 15th of August, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. If you do travel to the Netherlands, then a home quarantine of 14 days afterwards will be mandatory. Hopefully we can soon welcome you again as warmly as you are used to from us!
All dates mentioned below and associated measures are subject to and dependent on the development of the coronavirus.
If you are travelling to The Netherlands, please do so by car or own transportation to minimalize the spread of the virus. Are you travelling to the Netherlands as part of an organized group or you travel to The Netherlands in a touring car? Please consult the instructions of the local tour operator but also keep these general measures into account. These measures have been drafted by the Royal Dutch Organisation for Transportation, together with other institutions.
Public transport will once again operate according to the normal timetable. (International) Travellers will be required to wear a ‘non-medical’ mouth shield. In case you would like to use public transport, please check out the latest information about departure times and potentially adjusted timetables prior to travel.
Restaurants and cafés are closed as of October 14, 2020. Hotels are allowed to receive guests although their restaurants and bars as well as room service must be closed to guests.
The current number of Covid-19 infections can be found on this page of the RIVM.
It is advised to adhere to the following basic measures to prevent further spread of the Corona virus:
Are you in The Netherlands and do you have symptoms that may indicate a possible infection with the coronavirus? Stay at home and get yourself tested. You can make an appointment to test yourself by calling 0800-1202 (daily available 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m). In case you’re infected, you and your fellow travelers must remain in quarantine for two weeks.
The Embassy or Consulate of your country can assist you in case of calamities when you are in The Netherlands, such as disasters, issues with travel documents or hospitalization.