The Netherlands to Open to USA and More
The Dutch government added more countries on their list of safe countries with a low risk of contracting COVID-19 on its official website.
The decision has been announced by the Dutch Government, upon a recommendation of the Council of the EU to add these countries to the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third-countries, the residents of which should be permitted to enter the EU countries for non-essential purposes.
A safe country is a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. If you live in a safe country, you may travel to the Netherlands.
If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country), you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands.The Dutch Government
Non-Essential Travel to the Netherlands
All travellers from the United States, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Taiwan can travel to the Netherlands completely restriction-free from 24 June. You do not need to present a negative COVID test, vaccine passport or self-isolate upon arrival.
Starting 24 June, the residents of the following third countries can travel to the Netherlands for all kinds of purposes:
- Albania (from June 24 onwards)
- China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau) – subject to reciprocity
- Lebanon (from June 24 onwards)
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia (from June 24 onwards)
- Serbia (from June 24 onwards)
- South Korea
- Taiwan (from June 24 onwards)
- United States (from June 24 onwards)
Travellers by air will have to fill in a health declaration form, which some of the airlines permit to be digitally completed when the traveller checks in.
Very High-Risk Countries by Dutch Government
Third countries outside not listed above are categorized either in the high-risk or very high-risk list. Currently in the very high-risk list are the following:
- Bangladesh (from June 15 onwards)
- Cabo Verde
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- Myanmar (from June 15 onwards)
- Nepal (from June 15 onwards)
- Pakistan (from June 15 onwards)
- South Africa
- United Kingdom (from June 15 onwards)
Only Dutch nationals and individuals with an absolutely essential purpose travelling from very high-risk areas are allowed to enter the Netherlands.
Arrivals will have to self-quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated against the virus. The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result applies to arrivals from these countries aged 13 and over. The health declaration is a must for those reaching the Netherlands by air.
Countries not listed on both categories are under the high-risk list. Only those travelling to the Netherlands for essential purposes can enter the country. A negative COVID-19 test result is mandatory for all those aged 13 and older. A ten-day quarantine period is also obligatory, though it can be ended on the fifth day with a second COVID-19 test. A health declaration is also required for these travellers.
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