For those who want to take a tour of the Amsterdam canals, visit famous museums, picturesque villages and amazing parks in the country, it is now safe to say that you can pack your bags because the Netherlands has largely opened up to travelers around the world after months of maintaining strict lockdown measures and procedures Travel.
More relaxed rules were announced by the country as the digital COVID passport was created at the beginning of July, TheSchengen.com reports.
As such, the country was able to allow more travelers into the country, whether they were coming from EU member states, the European Economic Area, or third countries.
Who is allowed to enter the Netherlands?
Travelers from 57 countries who have been fully vaccinated, including here residents of EU member states and dozens of third countries, can enter the Netherlands without restrictions because these countries have low infection rates.
For a person to be considered fully immunized upon entering the Netherlands, it must be shown that the vaccination process has been completed with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and issued in Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. Or Portuguese or Spanish.
The Netherlands also recognizes the Covishield vaccine made by the Serum Institute in India.
“You can travel to the Netherlands, the EU travel ban does not apply to you. If you come from a country where the risk of infection with COVID-19 is low (a safe country), you do not need to show a negative test result. Also, you are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival. to the Netherlands,” as stated in the Dutch government statement.
However, it should be noted that travelers entering the Netherlands from one of the countries included in the list of safe countries/areas are still required to fill out a health declaration form if they are traveling by air.
Thus, with the exception of the 27-country bloc, entry without restrictions is allowed for those coming from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and the following three countries that have been added to the list of epidemiologically safe countries:
Albania Armenia Australia Azerbaijan Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Canada Administrative regions of China in Hong Kong and Macau Israel Japan Jordan Jordan Kosovo Lebanon Moldova Montenegro New Zealand North Macedonia Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Thailand United States Travel to the Netherlands from very high viral variant – risk areas
Dutch authorities have stated that arrivals from areas affected by the virus are currently prohibited. Anyone can enter the Netherlands from one of the countries included in the list of virus variant regions only if the purpose of their trip falls under the exemption category.
In such cases, when certain people are exempted from the entry ban when traveling from the virus variant region, they are obligated to remain in self-isolation for ten days. This requirement applies to people who have also been vaccinated.
“You must be able to show a completed, printed and signed quarantine declaration. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or if you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirements,” the government noted.
In addition, everyone is required to submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. This rule applies to all persons over the age of 13, regardless of their vaccination status.
Previously, it was announced that the Dutch authorities had allotted 3.5 million COVID-19 tests to everyone planning to visit the country during the months of July and August.
The countries currently included in the Netherlands’ list of high-risk areas where there is a viral variant of concern are as follows:
Argentina Bangladesh Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Dominican Republic Ecuador French Guiana Guyana India Myanmar Nepal Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru South Africa Suriname United Kingdom Uruguay Venezuela
Similar to the restrictions imposed on regions of virus variants, the strict measures also apply to all those entering the Netherlands from a country on the list of high-risk regions. The countries that fall under this list are as follows:
Costa Rica Kuwait Maldives Mongolia Namibia Oman Seychelles
As for the countries that were not included in any of the lists, they were all classified in the high-risk areas category. Not all travelers who enter the Netherlands after staying in one of the countries on the list of high-risk areas are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result provided they have been fully vaccinated against the disease.
The government added that “the requirement for a negative test result does not apply to people traveling from high-risk areas within the European Union who can show evidence of vaccination or recovery.”
In addition, it has been emphasized that all travelers must complete a health declaration form and carry it with them if traveling by air.
What is open in the Netherlands?
Since June 26, the Netherlands has announced less stringent measures for all travelers while in the country. As such, cafes and restaurants are now open during normal business hours with fixed seating arrangements with 1.5m space between tables. Likewise, all shops are open in the country.
Furthermore, hotels are open to tourists, including restaurants, spas, and room services.
In addition, cinemas and other cultural and recreational facilities, as well as parks and zoos, are open to everyone who wishes to attend such events.
When it comes to cultural facilities, the Anne Frank House is open to visitors, provided they have not had any recent health issues related to COVID-19. The Rijksmuseum, also known as the Museum of the Nation in the Netherlands, and the Van Gogh Museum are also open to visitors.
All of the above places require a distance of 1.5 meters from other people.
In contrast, the Dutch authorities announced that since July 10, nightclubs will remain closed as most infection rates have occurred in these environments. This measure will remain in effect until August 13.
The basic rules that Dutch authorities advise all travelers to follow during their stay in the country are as follows:
Wash your hands regularly Maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters If any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection, everyone should stay inside their COVID-19 vaccination passport
The Netherlands is effectively linked to the EU’s COVID digital certificate, which went into effect on 1 July and is already issuing or verifying one of the certificates. This means that all holders of one of the following certificates can enter the Netherlands by presenting such a document, vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative COVID-19 test result.
The EU COVID digital certificate was created by the European Union in order to facilitate travel within the European Union and has these features:
Supplied in digital or paper format. One-page document for free Supplied in the national language and English Safe and secure Valid in all EU countries Travel insurance – essential when traveling to the Netherlands
It is recommended that all people planning to visit the Netherlands during this summer purchase all-inclusive travel insurance that covers epidemics and pandemics.
This insurance ensures that all travelers get a significant amount of their spend if their flights are canceled due to the high rates of COVID-19 virus infection and its transmission.
Travel insurance for the Netherlands can be purchased at a very reasonable price from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
The current situation of coronavirus and vaccination rate in the Netherlands
Similar to other European countries, the Netherlands has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country identifying 1,736879 cases of infection and recording 17,766 deaths as of July 14.
So far, the Netherlands has given at least 1,719,580 doses of coronavirus vaccines. This means that about 64.5 percent of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 38.7 percent have been fully vaccinated.
During the second week of July alone, the Netherlands reported an average of 13,598 doses administered per day, which is 41 percent slower than the fastest seven-day pace of vaccination.