Netherlands now allows unrestricted entry for non-EU vaccinated travelers
The Dutch government has announced that with the introduction of the COVID digital passport, more relaxed rules will apply to EU travelers arriving in the country from high-risk areas as well as immune travelers outside the Netherlands. EU.
Such easing of restrictions became effective today, July 1, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In a press release, authorities revealed that the EU travel ban would no longer apply to arrivals from safe countries and regions within the EU and outside the EU.
Therefore, EU and non-EU travelers entering the Netherlands from COVID-19 low risk countries will no longer be required to present a negative test result or remain in isolation upon arrival, regardless of their immunization status.
Nevertheless, they are still required to complete a health declaration form if they are traveling by air.
âIf you come from a country with a low risk of contracting COVID-19 (a safe country), you don’t need to show a negative test result. You are also not required to quarantine yourself when you arrive in the Netherlands â, The government statement reads.
The low-risk Netherlands list includes the following non-EU / Schengen area countries:
- Chinese regions of Hong Kong and Macao
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- San Marino Serbia
- South Korea
- United States
- Vatican City State
In addition, the same announced that non-EU / Schengen area fully vaccinated travelers entering the Netherlands from a high risk countries will no longer be subject to the entry ban unless they are traveling from a very high risk area.
This means that they will be exempt from the quarantine requirement as long as they present a negative test result or a vaccination certificate. Evidence of recovery from the virus is not recognized.
Those who intend to present a negative test result should note that the Netherlands does not recognize self-test results. The country only recognizes the results of rapid antigen tests carried out within 48 hours of arrival and the results of PCR tests carried out within 72 hours of arrival.
Regarding arrivals from high-risk EU countries, the Dutch authorities have announced that, since the country will have a fully functional ticket recognition system from today July 1, the Self-isolation requirement will no longer be effective for this group of arrivals.
The government stressed that travelers from the EU can enter the country by presenting only a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery. They do not need to provide a negative test result.
Earlier, Dutch authorities had announced that the country would offer free tests to all travelers entering the country in July and August.