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Netherlands Eases Entry Requirements For Vaccinated U.S. & UK Travelers

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Travel restrictions for the EU and countries in the bloc seem to be ever-changing these days.

It was announced by officials in the Netherlands this week that the recently installed 10-day quarantine requirement for international visitors from “high risk” countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States will be removed.

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Starting September 22nd, fully vaccinated travelers from that list of high risk countries won’t have to quarantine upon arrival anymore, as reported by Schengen Visa Info News.

Along with the U.S. and the U.K., the other high risk countries according to the Netherlands can be found in an updated list here. Unvaccinated travelers from high risk countries are still unable to visit the Netherlands at this time.

boat by the canal in amsterdam

Current Travel Restrictions Include Negative Test Proof On Arrival

Even though there is no quarantine requirement, some travel restrictions still apply when visiting the Netherlands.

On arrival, fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S., the U.K. and the other high risk countries must show proof of a negative PCR Covid test result from the previous 72 hours. All visitors 13 years and older must also fill out a health questionnaire, and keep it with them throughout their trip. If you have plans to travel to the Netherlands in the near future, you can download the health questionnaire to fill out here.

park with tulips in the netherlands

Announcement Comes Following Sudden Update On Travel Restrictions

In a sudden announcement earlier this month, officials banned unvaccinated travelers to the Dutch nation, and vaccinated travelers were required to self-quarantine for ten days upon entry. The rules went into effect within 24 hours, which caused some stress among travelers.

This past June, the Netherlands reopened to international visitors regardless of vaccination status. Travel and health restrictions at that time were very low, with zero quarantine or testing requirements upon entry.

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Which Vaccines Are Accepted For Travel?

Just to clarify, at the time of writing the Covid-19 vaccines approved for travel to the Netherlands are the ones approved by the European Medicines Agency and the ones on the WHO list approved for Emergency Use. The list of approved vaccines to travel to the Netherlands include:

  • Astra Zeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca – Japan (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca – Australia (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine – United States of America
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson ((COVID-19 Vaccine) Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac
Traveler waits for a train in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you’re traveling from a non-EU country like the United States or a country in the United Kingdom, paper proof of your vaccinations are currently accepted. If you haven’t already, fully vaccinated EU citizens can get the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EDCC) to use for travel around the region.

To be fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have past since your last dose of two shot vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca. The government website states that 28 days must have passed since getting the one dose Johnson&Johnson vaccine, and 14 days will be accepted if the shot was given before August 14th, 2021.

woman hand with Stroopwafel in Amsterdam - typical Dutch food - two circular pieces of waffle filled with caramel-like syrup

Who Can Travel To The Netherlands?

If you plan to visit the Netherlands from a “safe country” outside of the EU, then the EU travel ban does not apply and you can also visit quarantine free. A negative test on arrival will be required however, and in some cases, proof of vaccination will be accepted in lieu of a negative test.

Also, please note that proof of recovered positive Covid cases must have been given by health authorities in an EU nation only.

If you’re coming from a region in the EU, there are no restrictions for vaccinated travelers at the time of writing.

All travelers to the Netherlands are also advised to take a Covid test after arrival, although it is not currently required.

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Steen Roag

Friday 17th of September 2021

with each passing day and each ridiculous meaningless rule and rule changes it becomes more and more apparent that this thing is a BIG JOKE, all about money and control and not a thing to do with concern for public health.