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Dutch border open for tourism as of 15 June

Dutch border open for tourism as of 15 June

Starting from Monday, 15 June, residents of the EU will once again be able to go on holiday in other countries within the EU/Schengen area, including the Netherlands. The travel advisory for countries in these areas will be changed from ‘code orange’ (only necessary travel) to ‘code yellow’ (be alert, safety risks).

This means that anglers from the following 15 countries will once again be welcome to fish in the Netherlands starting from 15 June: Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Switzerland. EU residents are once again permitted to travel between these countries and to or from the Netherlands. However, you should only travel abroad if you do not have any symptoms. And if you develop symptoms in the Netherlands, stay indoors.


Exceptions have been made for the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden, which are still subject to the ‘code orange’ travel advisory. Travellers are advised not to travel to these countries on holiday, and anglers and other tourists from these countries are discouraged from travelling to the Netherlands for unnecessary purposes such as fishing.

1.5 meters social distancing

Keep in mind that several coronavirus control measures still apply in the Netherlands. Everyone in the country, including tourists, are expected to comply with the following basic rule: keep at least 1.5 meters distance (two arm lengths) distance from others, even at the water’s edge. All persons aged 13 and older are required to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport. Pay attention to local rules that apply to shops, supermarkets, the hospitality industry and accommodations. 

Be alert, safety risks

The situation related to the coronavirus can change at any time. In the event of a new outbreak, the Netherlands may take strict control measures, such as closing off areas of the country or the national borders. Such measures may be implemented with little or no warning. International anglers travelling to the Netherlands should therefore understand that it is their responsibility to decide if they wish to accept that risk.

If any important changes are made to the travel advisory for the Netherlands, we will communicate them via the website

If you plan on coming to the Netherlands to fish, make sure that you have the VISpas.

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