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Netherlands Tightens Entry Restrictions for Travellers From Bulgaria, Norway & Croatia

The Dutch authorities have announced that from tomorrow, August 21, travelers from Bulgaria, Norway and the Jadranska Hrvatska region of Croatia will be subject to entry rules when entering the Netherlands.

Such a decision was made after the three countries and the Croatian region, which have recorded high rates of COVID-19 infection, moved from the list of safe countries to the list of high-risk areas, reports.

Thus, all people traveling from Bulgaria, Norway and the Jadranska Hrvatska region will be required to hold a digital EU COVID-19 passport in order to be allowed entry into the Netherlands.

So far, travelers from the two countries and the Croatian region can enter the Netherlands without being subject to any restrictions.

However, starting tomorrow, all people entering one of these areas will be required to provide proof of coronavirus vaccination, a negative test result, or medical evidence that their carrier has recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months.

“You need to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result (including a digital COVID certificate) if you are traveling from a high-risk EU/Schengen country/area,” the government said.

The same has been noted that travelers who plan to present a certificate of vaccination must make sure that the document indicates that they have been immunized with one of the vaccines recognized by state authorities – a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the scientist. Health Organization (WHO).

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In addition, those who decide to arrive in the Netherlands by air transport must complete a health declaration form and carry it with them at all times. For people without proof of recovery or vaccination, the Dutch government has suggested that everyone get tested for COVID-19 two days after arrival and another day five days after arrival.

“It is recommended that you take a coronavirus test after you arrive in the Netherlands. This applies even if you have been vaccinated. If you do not have evidence of vaccination or recovery, you should take the test on the second and fifth day after your arrival,” the government added.

With the exception of Bulgaria, Norway and the newly added Jadranska Hrvatska region to the list of high-risk areas, this category already includes the following countries:

Belgium Denmark Cyprus Estonia Finland France Greece Iceland Ireland Italy, including Sicily Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Portugal Spain Switzerland

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