The Dutch government has decided to abolish the quarantine requirement currently applied to arrivals from high-risk countries.
“As of February 25, 2022, people traveling from high-risk areas are no longer required by law to self-quarantine on arrival,” the government statement read.
According to this statement, from February 25, travelers from high-risk third countries will not be required to follow the rule of self-isolation provided that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.
In addition, it has been confirmed that everyone will be required to “have a negative test result to enter the country,” TheSchengen.com reports.
The Netherlands very high risk list currently includes all non-EU countries except Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
The current rules on quarantine, which will remain in effect until February 25, apply to all travelers arriving in the Netherlands from a high-risk third country regardless of travelers’ vaccination or recovery status.
However, once the new regulation comes into effect, travelers from other countries will be able to enter the Netherlands without undergoing strict entry procedures.
For travelers from the European Union, the authorities have made clear that they will continue to enter the Netherlands under the concessional rules provided they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from the virus.
Apart from changing the rules for travelers from third countries, the Netherlands has also updated the travel rules for its citizens.
Dutch authorities have revealed that it will now be easier for Dutch citizens to travel abroad as the country will no longer issue travel advisories based on the COVID-19 situation in a country.
The State Department will no longer issue travel warnings based solely on a country’s coronavirus status. Instead, it will again take into account all security and health risks. This means that travel outside Europe will soon become easier,” the government noted.
This means that the Netherlands will update its travel system to include not only the epidemiological situation of one country but also the traveler’s vaccination and recovery status.
Thus, as fewer countries will have travel advisories, Dutch citizens will be able to travel under more intuitive rules without having to follow testing or quarantine requirements.
“Fewer countries will have orange travel guidelines, and it will be possible to travel to more places,” said Dirk Jan Neuenhuis, director of the Department of Consular Affairs and Visa Policy at the Foreign Ministry.
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