More than one million Brits travel to Amsterdam every year, but the continuing restrictions on travel has left many unable to enjoy the sights of the Netherlands. But what are the rules for travelling to Amsterdam, and can you still go?
Planning a trip to your favourite holiday destinations can be a nightmare in 2021. With the rapidly-changing lists, the rise of the Delta variant and the long list of rules for people travelling through Heathrow Airport, many have given up on the idea of a summer holiday altogether.
However, others are bucking advice and jetting off to amber list destinations, facing the two week quarantine period on their return.
Although you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands, the government is strongly urging people not to jet off to anywhere on the amber list.
Those returning from the Netherlands will face two weeks in mandatory quarantine upon their return, but they are free to carry out the self-isolation period in the comfort of their own homes, unlike those returning from red list countries, who will be made to stay in a dedicated quarantine hotel.
Travel rules for the Netherlands
Despite the lenience in measures for those arriving back to the UK, rules are considerably more strict for European countries.
The Dutch Government has forbidden entry to the country, including those travelling from EU countries. UK nationals who legally reside in the Netherlands will be able to return, but only if they can prove that they live there.
Other exceptions include close family members visiting terminally ill patients, grandparents visiting newborn grandchildren and divorced parents visiting their children so long as they are considered minors.
All travellers, including those listed above, must fill out a traveller locator form and provide two test results – a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and a negative rapid test taken within 24 hours of arrival.