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Netherlands Adds Mandatory Quarantine Requirement For All U.S. Travelers

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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.”

picture of two people biking on a road in The Netherlands, view from behind

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. 

universal vaccine passport on phone

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. 

traveling in Amsterdam taking pictures by the canal

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.

Sunset View from dune top over North Sea from the island of Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands
Even if you’re vaccinated, you’ll have to quarantine and test upon arrival to the Netherlands starting December 30, 2021.

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.

Utrecht cityscape - Netherlands - architecture background

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. 

canal in amsterdam during the day

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Klaus Swab

Saturday 1st of January 2022

So the vaccinated experimented so they could get their freedom back just so they could get it taken away from them? Ouch... No wonder they are mad, hopefully they turn their anger towards the people making draconian travel rules and not the people who tried to kindly warn them this is exactly what was going to happen.

Elisa

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

@Klaus SCHwab, I'm not mad at all. Just a bit sad. And why should vaxxed people get angry with anyone...? I took the vaccin so the chance of ending up in the hospital is smaller, this has nothing to do with 'freedom'. I still feel superfree (here in the Netherlands), no pandemic can change that. The fact that both vaxxed and unvaxxed people are tested is only fair.

Tina

Saturday 1st of January 2022

Just stop.

Christian

Saturday 1st of January 2022

No more discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated.