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Netherlands Now Applies New Entry Rules

Dutch authorities have updated their entry rules for arrivals from the European Union and other countries.

The Dutch government has announced that the Netherlands will now apply entry rules based on whether the traveler arrives in the Netherlands from a European country or from outside the European Union, reports.

In updating the entry rules, the Dutch authorities made it clear that all travelers from the EU/Schengen area are required to complete a health declaration form as well as provide proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the virus.

In addition, the same note that travelers from the EU/Schengen area are now required to take a self-test after arriving in the Netherlands even if they test negative before travelling.

The above rules apply to all EU/Schengen area countries, including those with low infection rates.

As for non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from the EU/Schengen area, the Dutch authorities have revealed that they are allowed to enter as long as they undergo a pre-entry test.

The pre-entry test requirement applies to everyone, even if their home countries have low infection rates.

“From February 25, 2022, people traveling from an EU/Schengen country without proof of vaccination or recovery must always show a negative test result. Even if the risk of contracting coronavirus is low in this country,” the Dutch government said in a statement.

The Netherlands accepts both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen test results. The PCR test result should be taken within 48 hours, and the rapid antigen test should be performed within 24 hours in order.

The Netherlands continues to maintain its list of safe third countries, which currently includes Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan. United Arab Emirates and Uruguay. Travelers from these countries are subject to the same rules as travelers from the European Union.

On the other hand, different rules apply to arrivals from the rest of the third countries that are not part of the safe list.

Third country travelers arriving in the Netherlands must present a valid vaccination certificate and negative COVID-19 test results before entry. In addition, they are also required to take a self-exam after arriving in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands does not recognize vaccination certificates issued in a third country, which means that travelers from a third country can only enter the Netherlands if they hold a valid vaccination permit.

The authorities highlighted that “travelers from outside the EU/Schengen area should always show a negative test result, even if they have a DCC.”

Previously, travelers from third countries were subject to quarantine requirements. However, this rule has now been removed.

Aside from changing entry rules, the Netherlands has also decided to relax some national COVID-19 measures. Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said last week that companies would be able to operate without any restrictions by the end of February. In addition, he indicated that the requirement to keep a face mask would also be dropped.

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