Whether you're vaccinated or not, you'll have to quarantine for 10 days if you plan to travel to the Netherlands in the near future.
Officials in the Netherlands announced that from December 30, the United States is listed once again as a “very high-risk” nation due to the recent and rapid increase in Covid cases across the country. And along with that, strict entry restrictions will be imposed on arrivals coming from countries deemed “very high-risk.”
10 Day Quarantine – Information For Travelers
According to the new entry restrictions, all travelers coming from the U.S. – even those that show proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid – will have to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.
The quarantine requirement for arrivals is officially 10 days, and all travelers should be tested upon arrival in the Netherlands. They will have the option of getting tested by the local health service (GGD) or do a self-test on Day 1 of quarantine.
Travelers should then book an appointment with the GGD to take a PCR test on Day 5. If the test taken on Day 5 comes back negative, you can come out of self-isolation.
All visitors to the Netherlands are encouraged to book a test with the GGD beforehand by phone or online. You can get the contact information here.
These updated entry requirements for the Netherlands also applies to travelers from the U.K. as well as visitors from other countries on the very high-risk list. It doesn’t apply to travelers from Canada. You can see the full list here.
At this time, there's no official date on when these travel restrictions will be lifted.
All Non-EU Arrivals Must Present Negative Test Upon Arrival
According to the latest government guidance updated on December 22, all travelers to the Netherlands outside of the EU and Schengen area over the age of 12 must present a negative Covid test result to be allowed entry.
The pre-departure test for travel must be a PCR test taken no later than 48 hours before arrival, or a rapid antigen test from 24 hours before arrival.
All travelers over the age of 12 arriving to the Dutch nation via air must also complete an official health declaration for entry to the country.
The quarantine requirement for American travelers was removed back in late September, after it was briefly installed for about three weeks for all travelers coming from “very high-risk” countries, which included visitors from the U.S. At the time the quarantine requirement was enacted, unvaccinated travelers were also banned from travel to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Under Lockdown Over Holidays
The new tightened travel restrictions follow a countrywide lockdown that was imposed on December 19 to curb the spread of rising Covid cases in the midst of the Omicron variant.
Under the new lockdown rules, non-essential services such as gyms, bars, indoor dining and non-essential shops are temporarily closed. Restaurants and shops are allowed to offer take-out and pick-up options. In addition, a limit of 2 guests are allowed per household, with the exception of 4 guests on the holidays of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The lockdown measures are currently scheduled to be in place until January 14, with a possibility of extension if cases continue to rise.
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