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Netherlands: Decision to End Quarantine for High-Risk Countries Becomes Effective

The quarantine requirement for immune travelers coming from high-risk countries has stopped applying from yesterday, September 22, allowing travelers from several third countries to enter the Netherlands without having to self-isolate upon arrival. reported last week about the Netherlands’ decision to ease entry restrictions, affecting travelers from more than 50 third countries.

High-risk areas, as classified by the Dutch authorities, include the following countries:

Afghanistan US Virgin Islands Anguilla Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bermuda Botswana Brazil Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Eswatini Fiji Guiana French French Polynesia Georgia Guadeloupe Guyana Haiti India Indonesia Iran Israel Kazakhstan Kosovo Lesotho Malaysia Martinique Mongolia Montenegro Myanmar Nepal Northern Macedonia Pakistan Palestine Philippines Saint Lucia Saint Kitts and Nevis Somalia Serbia Seychelles South Africa Sri Lanka Suriname UK USA Venezuela

Although vaccinated travelers from these countries are no longer required to self-isolate upon arrival, they must submit a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before arrival in the Netherlands or an antigen test no more than 24 hours old, SchengenVisaInfo reports. com.

On the other hand, the five-day quarantine requirement remains in place for unvaccinated travelers arriving in the Netherlands from countries in this category.

The previous press release from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport on these changes indicated that the vaccination campaign in the Netherlands was leading to success and that the country could gradually begin to ease entry restrictions.

“Approximately 13 million people in the Netherlands have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 11 million people have been fully vaccinated. Hospital and intensive care unit admissions are stable. The majority of people admitted to Those who are hospitalized or who have tested positive for the coronavirus are still not immune.

The Dutch government has ended the quarantine requirement for US citizens as well, which was announced two weeks ago, forcing travelers to undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

The decision followed the European Union’s recommendation to tighten entry restrictions on US citizens due to the rapid increase in coronavirus infection rates.

Like other European countries, the Netherlands has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1,987,905 identified cases and 18,128 deaths as of September 23.

So far, the Netherlands has given at least 2,253,571 doses of coronavirus vaccines. This means that about 86% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 77.9% have been fully vaccinated.

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