The Dutch government began imposing additional entry requirements on arrivals from four countries in the European Union since Friday, August 27, after an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in its territory led to the removal of the same category from the green to yellow category.
The decision was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and affects travelers from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden, where travelers from the same countries have since Friday been required to submit an EU digital COVID certificate proving they have either:
Data revealed by the World Health Organization show that in Austria alone, which has 8.859 million residents, a total of 1,329 cases were discovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic to 677,276.
On the other hand, Sweden has recorded 1122,139 cases of infection since the outbreak of the Corona virus, of which 1519 were infected during the past 24 hours. The same is the home of 10.23 million people.
According to Croatia and Slovenia, home to 4.076 million and 2.081 million respectively, both have recorded more COVID-19 cases as well, in recent days. In the past 24 hours, Croatia reported 596 cases, while Slovenia recorded 509 new cases.
Last week, TheSchengen.com reported that the Netherlands began imposing stricter entry restrictions on travelers from Bulgaria, Norway and the Jadranska Hrvatska region of Croatia, moving these countries and regions to the list of high-risk areas.
Travelers arriving in the Netherlands from these countries are advised to take the test upon arrival in the country, despite their vaccination status.
Travel from third countries remains possible for those who have a valid paper vaccination certificate that meets the requirements set by the Dutch authorities, including 14 days have passed since the last shot of the vaccine.
“A vaccination certificate is not sufficient if you are traveling from a country that has been identified as a high-risk area. Then you also need a test certificate to be able to travel to the Netherlands,” the government notes.
The Netherlands is currently listed among the European Union countries with a high risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus, as the same is half red in the maps published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, which were updated on August 26.
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