European Robotics Forum and COVID-19 (updated 1 September 2021)

As ERF organizers we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and recommendations in- and outside the Netherlands. We stay committed that the European Robotics Forum will take place as an in-person event. Although the current developments are good news, alternative solutions (virtual) to arrange the European Robotics Forum in case of emerging new variants are ready and in place. On this webpage you can find the latest information about the European Robotics Forum & COVID-19 and the Dutch conditions for entering the Netherlands.

Conditions for entering the Netherlands (as of July 1, 2021)

Basic rules must still be followed.

Although the current developments are good news, the virus is still here. It is unpredictable and new variants continue to emerge. So we must be careful and stay alert. This includes following the basic rules.

  • Good hygiene remains important. Wash your hands regularly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you develop symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.

People traveling to the Netherlands

Travelling from a safe country/region within the EU/Schengen area

If you are coming from a country/region in the EU/Schengen area where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result (this includes the Digital COVID Certificate). You do not need to self-quarantine when entering or returning to the Netherlands from a country or region within the EU/Schengen area.

Travelling from a high risk area within the EU/Schengen area

If you are coming from a high risk area within the EU/Schengen area you need to show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. If can’t show a proof of vaccination or proof of recovery (this includes the Digital COVID Certificate) you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result. This applies to everyone aged 12 or over. You do not need to self-quarantine when entering or returning to the Netherlands from a country or region within the EU/Schengen area.

Traveling from a safe country outside the EU/Schengen area (incl. UK)

If you are  traveling from a safe country/region from outside the EU/Schengen area country you need to show a negative test result. In some cases, a proof of vaccination is sufficient. You do not need to self-quarantine when entering or returning to the Netherlands from a country or region outside  the EU/Schengen area.

Travelling from a very high risk area where there is a virus variant of concern or without a virus variant of concern

A European entry ban is in effect for some people, barring them from travelling to the European Union or the Schengen area. You may only enter the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. For example, people who have been fully vaccinated can be exempted from the EU entry ban.

In all cases you must fill in a health declaration (only when aged 13 or above) and carry it with you when arriving by air. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.