If you’re anything like us, you’ll be excitedly planning your trip to Money20/20 in Amsterdam. We also know that since Covid came on the scene, planning that trip is a little more complicated than it used to be, so here’s a little guidance on the paperwork you’ll need to make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
The information below will be relevant for anyone travelling to the show from outside the European Union, from a country the Netherlands has designated “very high risk” (including USA, Israel, Brazil and India).
If you are not travelling from one of these countries, please disregard the below and use this website to find the advice you need about entering the Netherlands.
There are 6 key things you’ll need to bring with you to travel to the Netherlands:
1. PASSPORT: We know it’s been a while, but don’t forget this one! ;)
2. PROOF OF VACCINATION & VACCINE DECLARATION FORM: Fully vaccinated residents of countries outside the European Union are exempt from the non-EU travel ban and so are welcome in the Netherlands. Remember to bring your proof of vaccination and vaccine declaration form with you to show that you meet the criteria to enter the country.
3. NEGATIVE COVID TEST: To enter the Netherlands from outside the EU, you’ll need either a negative PCR test result from less than 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test result from less than 24 hours before. You may need to fill in a short health declaration form stating you have no symptoms, but often this is covered by the airline.
4. LETTER OF INVITATION (we’ll send you this): Travellers from countries the Netherlands has designated “very high risk” are required to complete a quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands, but we can confirm that fully vaccinated Money20/20 delegates can qualify for an exemption from this quarantine and so will not have to quarantine. By 17th September, you will have received from us a personalised letter of invitation from Rai Amsterdam, formally confirming your attendance at Money20/20 Europe and the fact that you can qualify for a business travel exemption to the quarantine. You must bring this letter with you to prove that you are an eligible business traveller, and carry it with you when you’re in the Netherlands. To make sure we get the details in the letter right, the first and last names on your Money20/20 pass will need to match the first and last names on your passport (middle names not required).
5. QUARANTINE DECLARATION FORM: You will need to complete a quarantine declaration form, which you can print and bring with you. Please tick the box that indicates that you fall into an exemption category. In the exemption category box, please write “Significant contribution to Dutch economy,” and in the supporting document box, please write “Letter of invitation from a Dutch business.” Nothing else is required in section 2 or 3.
6. VISA (if you need one): You can use the Dutch government’s Schengen Visa Advisor and your own government website to find out if a visa is required for your trip.
If you come armed with all that, you should have everything you need to get to the show - we’ve tried it ourselves from a country on the list so we can confirm it works! All of the important stuff you might want to know about health & safety at the show itself, including entry to the event, can be found on this page - we’re updating it frequently.
And for the way home? You can use your own government’s website (here are some quick links for USA, Israel and India) to make sure you know what you’ll need to do to get back smoothly. If you need a test to return, the Netherlands is providing those for free for travellers. Find out more here.
If you have any questions about the letter of invitation, please let us know. We aren’t able to give any further advice on governmental travel restrictions as they are subject to change and we don’t want to give you out-of-date info, so please use the Dutch government website for advice around heading to Amsterdam and your own government’s website for the way home.
We’re so looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam. This is the first fintech event of scale that has been able to take place for well over 18 months, and it’s great to hear from so many people just how excited the community is to get back to business at Money20/20 Europe.
See you there! Team 20/20