Starting today traveling reaching the Netherlands from non-EU high-risk areas will no longer be required to follow self-isolation rules as this requirement has been officially dropped.
The announcement was made by the Dutch government, which emphasized that everyone would be exempt from such a measure, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“From 00.01 on February 25, 2022, people traveling to the Netherlands no longer have to self-quarantine on arrival. There are still other rules for travelers,” the statement of the government reads.
The quarantine requirement has been applied mainly to non-EU travelers reaching the Netherlands from high-risk areas. However, after taking into account the improving epidemiological situation, the authorities decided to relax some of their rules for third-country travelers.
Even though the quarantine requirement has been dropped, the Dutch government has highlighted that everyone is still required to follow general entry rules.
The Netherlands currently requires all third-country travelers to complete a health declaration form as well as present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate upon arrival.
Third-country travelers who hold a vaccination or recovery certificate are permitted restriction-free entry to the Netherlands. However, they need to make sure that their pass is valid.
A vaccination certificate is valid when entering the Netherlands only if it proves that the holder has completed vaccination with one of the approved vaccine doses within the last 270 days or if the holder has received an additional vaccine dose.
On the other hand, a recovery certificate is only accepted if it indicates that the holder recovered from the virus within the last 180 days.
In contrast, the Netherlands has already lifted all of its COVID-19 entry restrictions for EU/EEA travelers. Travelers from EU/EEA countries can enter the Netherlands restriction-free, regardless of their vaccination or recovery status.
This means that EU/EEA travelers do not need to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival in the Netherlands.
Apart from easing the entry rules for third-country travelers and removing them for EU/EEA travelers, the Netherlands has also dropped its remaining national COVID-19 restrictions.
Travelers and citizens of the Netherlands are no longer required to wear a face mask. In addition, the country has also dropped the 1G rules. This means that no one is no longer required to undergo testing in order to be permitted access to different public places such as bars, cafés, restaurants, and other large events.
The authorities have advised that everyone still continues to follow basic rules, such as washing hands regularly and staying home if they experience any symptoms.