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Netherlands Removes Some Restrictions But Makes Proof of Vaccination/Recovery/Testing Mandatory for Entry

The Netherlands has canceled a large part of the country’s COVID-19 measures, including travel restrictions. However, the country decided to impose an obligation to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus or negative COVID-19 test results on everyone entering the country, starting last Friday in February.

“From February 25, 2022, you must always show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result when traveling from an EU/Schengen country. Even if the risk of contracting coronavirus is low in that country,” the Dutch government notes, Announcing new COVID-19 restrictions.

So far, travelers from countries included in the green country category have been exempted from this requirement.

The decision to request proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test results is part of the country’s move to not issue travel warnings based on the risks of traveling in the country, but rather based on vaccination/recovery status, since February 16.

The government decided that “countries outside the EU/Schengen area that had a green or yellow travel warning prior to the COVID 19 pandemic will get this advisory color again, as long as the security situation remains unchanged.”

Moreover, from February 25, travelers arriving in the Netherlands from third countries will not be required to quarantine. However, the same will have to submit negative COVID-19 test results in order to be able to enter the country, along with resubmitting proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Third country travelers who wish to enter the Netherlands must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination that they have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria) COVAXIN (Bharat Biotech International Ltd) Covovax Nuvaxovid (Novavax) Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Johnson & Johnson ((COVID-19 Vaccine) Janssen) Moderna (Spikevax) Serum Institute of India (Covishield / Sinopharm BIB) Sinopharm B Coronavac)

The Dutch government reminds travelers to check the validity of their vaccination certificates because the same is now only valid for 270 days.

“From February 1, 2022, a proof of vaccination based digital COVID Certificate (DCC) is valid for 270 days after receiving the final dose of the primary vaccination. From February 8, 2022, proof of paper-based vaccination is also valid for 270 days,” the government asserts.

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According to those traveling to the country with proof of recovery from COVID-19, the government states that this type of proof is valid for 180 days based on a positive NAAT test (PCR) result. Entry into the country with proof of recovery from COVID-19 is only reserved for travelers from EU/EEA countries and not from other countries.

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