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Netherlands Tightens Entry Rules for France, Greece, Switzerland & Several Other EU/Schengen Countries

The Dutch authorities have announced that from August 8, travelers from many countries of the European Union and the Schengen area will be subject to entry rules.

Such a decision was made after a handful of countries, which had had high rates of COVID-19 infection, moved from the green list to the yellow list, reports.

Hence, all persons traveling from one of the countries listed below will be required to hold an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate in order to be admitted into the country:

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

So far, travelers from the above-mentioned countries can enter the Netherlands without restrictions without submitting any documents, including the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

However, as countries will be moved to the yellow list from August 8, all travelers entering from one of these areas are required to provide evidence of vaccination, a negative test result, or evidence that the holder has recovered from the COVID-19 disease.

The government statement reads: “You need to show evidence 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.”

In addition, those traveling by air are required to fill out a health declaration form and carry it with them. For travelers without proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, the Dutch government is suggesting that everyone undergo a COVID-19 test two days after arrival and a second test five days after arrival.

The government noted that “if you do not have evidence of vaccination or recovery, you should take the test on the second and fifth day after your arrival.”

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 need to show that they have been immunized with one of the eight vaccines recognized by state authorities. This means that the vaccine must be one of those approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or part of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list.

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Regarding the validity of the certificate, it has been noted that the document will not be valid until 14 days after the completion of the vaccination process.

Furthermore, it was emphasized that for a certificate of vaccination to be considered valid, it must be issued in Dutch, English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Italian.

Previously, the Dutch government announced that since July 27, all vaccinated travelers from EU, EEA or Schengen area countries will be allowed into the country, regardless of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in their country.

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