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The Netherlands Now Welcomes Canadians Without Restrictions

After months of border closures, the Netherlands is finally opening its doors to Canadian tourists. It is now possible to travel to the Netherlands as we did before the Pandemic! If you were looking for some return to normalcy, here is your big chance to jump back in.

Once there, you could visit the Red Light District in Amsterdam, cycle around colourful buildings like a local, and pop into world-famous coffee shops. Although the Netherlands has given Canadians the green light to come, some measures must be observed. 

Restrictions for Canadian Travellers Entering The Netherlands

As of July 8, 2021, Canadians can travel to the Netherlands without any restrictions. Canada has just been added to their List of Safe Countries. This means that Canadians only need to fill out a Health Declaration Form to enter.

Previously, Canadians needed to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test less than 72 hours old or a negative rapid test less than 24 hours old. Alternatively, Canadians could show proof of full vaccination from COVID-19. All travellers had to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine (regardless of vaccination status) and take another COVID-19 test on day 5. From now on, this is no longer mandatory. 

As always, make sure to follow public health guidelines and check the travel updates before you pack your bags.

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What To Do in The Netherlands

Of course, everyone has heard of Amsterdam. We’re not knocking the beautiful canal city, but the Netherlands is so much more than one place! Here are three must-see destinations to add to your itinerary.

  • Rotterdam: This modern and eclectic city is known for its amazing Dutch street food and architecture. Rotterdam has a unique feel compared to surrounding cities, as it was completely re-designed after the World War II bombings (instead of being rebuilt.) Walking around Rotterdam is like visiting an open-air art museum. It also has several markets that are worth a peruse.
  • Haarlem: Located only 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam, this charming city is much more affordable. Rent a bike to cycle to Zandvoort beach, a popular sandy hotspot with trendy beach bars and watersports. A well-deserved break from the big city.
  • Volendam: This classic Dutch town is the ideal place to immerse in the culture. When we think of Holland, we think of picturesque windmills and tulips in bloom. If you’re a big fan of cheese, make sure to visit Cheese Factory Volendam for the best gouda of your life.
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Did you miss restriction-free travelling? It hasn’t been this easy in months!

Do you plan to book a flight to the Netherlands?

To find out where it is possible to travel at the moment (as well as the restrictions): COVID-19: Where Can Canadians Travel To?

This article was originally published in French and adapted in English by Britney Claveau.

Lisa Marie Gaudreault
Lisa Marie Gaudreault
Je suis agente de bord, nutritionniste, professeure de yoga, rédactrice, mais surtout nomade. J’ai habité au Nicaragua et dans l’Ouest canadien. Voyager vient combler chez moi mon besoin de me renouveler sans cesse et ma curiosité insatiable. L'un de mes buts est d'éduquer les voyageurs afin qu'ils voyagent de façon plus responsable en accord avec la nature.
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