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Netherlands Reclassifies South Africa as Very High-Risk Zone

The government of the Netherlands has confirmed that the authorities in the Netherlands have reclassified South Africa as a high-risk area without any concern.

The latest decision, which became effective on January 16, means that South Africans who have completed immunization against the virus have been exempted from the EU entry ban. However, travelers are still required to submit a negative Coronavirus test result upon arrival in the Dutch Republic and follow quarantine requirements, TheSchengen.com reports.

The Dutch authorities have confirmed that all people over the age of 12 are obligated to follow the mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival in this country.

“All travelers over the age of 12 are required to self-quarantine for ten days and must complete and sign a quarantine declaration,” the statement read.

In addition, all passengers over 12 years of age are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, at least 48 hours prior to departure, or a negative antigen test no more than 24 hours prior to departure.

“Passengers in transit will not be required to quarantine but must complete a quarantine declaration,” the statement revealed.

According to figures published by the World Health Organization, more than 3,568,900 people have tested positive for the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic, while 21,155 people have lost their lives during the same period.

In addition, the figures published by the World Health Organization also show that in the past seven days, more than 226,130 people have been infected with the Coronavirus while 76 people have died.

The authorities in the Netherlands have tightened entry conditions for arrivals from other countries in order to prevent a further increase in the number of infections.

Besides, the government of the Netherlands has also announced that it plans to shorten the validity of vaccination documents from next month.

According to the latest EU vaccination certificate rules, the Dutch republic will only accept documents indicating that the holder has taken the last dose of the vaccine within nine months.

In order to stem the spread of the virus, especially the Omicron variant, during the year-end holidays, the Dutch government previously went into a strict lockdown.

At the time, the country’s prime minister, Mark Rutte, stressed that the Dutch authorities needed to intervene because Omicron was spreading faster than expected.

In December, the authorities in the Netherlands canceled the flight ban imposed on arrivals from South African countries due to the Corona virus.

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