Fully vaccinated travelers from Brazil, Israel, Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saint Lucia and the Seychelles will now be able to enter the Netherlands under less stringent restrictions as countries will be removed from the very high risk list. Instead, they will be placed on the high-risk list.
In line with a recent update by the Dutch authorities, not all vaccinated people arriving in the Netherlands from one of the three countries listed above will be subject to the test requirements.
Such a decision, which takes effect from tomorrow, October 29, was taken after the epidemiological situation of countries improved slightly over the past two weeks, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Netherlands currently imposes a ban on all travelers from a high-risk area from entering the European Union or the Schengen area. However, passengers of this category are still allowed entry, provided that the purpose of their trip falls under the exemption list.
In addition, in general, all who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the entry ban.
Dutch authorities previously revealed that in order for a person to be considered fully vaccinated, they must hold a vaccination certificate indicating that they have been immunized against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines recognized by the state.
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Apart from the vaccination certificate, everyone over the age of 13 is required to fill out a health monitoring form and carry it with them.
Since Brazil, Israel, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Philippines, Saint Lucia and Seychelles are no longer part of the very high risk list, travelers from these countries will now be exempted from the self-isolation rules.
In turn, the authorities have stressed that the testing rule will remain in place for all those who have not yet been vaccinated.
Non-EU travelers do not have to show a negative test result if they have evidence of vaccination. If you cannot show evidence of vaccination, you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result. This applies to everyone aged 12 or over,” the Dutch government said in a statement.
Although testing is no longer mandatory for fully vaccinated travelers arriving from high-risk areas, authorities are suggesting that everyone get tested on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. This advice was given to avoid any possible infection for travelers.
Previously, 72 travel organizations filed a lawsuit against the government of the Netherlands, according to which the country provided inaccurate travel advice.