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Dutch government relaxes entry requirements for all travellers

Dutch government relaxes entry requirements for all travellers

The Dutch government has clarified the new entry requirements for non-EU citizens travelling to the Netherlands, which are set to come into effect on Wednesday, March 23.

Dutch government relaxes COVID-19 rules for all travellers

Following the latest update from Health Minister Ernst Kuipers in regards to the national coronavirus restrictions, there has been some confusion as to the entry restrictions for travellers arriving in the Netherlands from outside of the EU / Schengen area. However, new information on the government’s website suggests that the cabinet has decided to relax entry requirements for all travellers - including non-EU citizens - from March 23. 

As of Wednesday, the following entry requirements apply in the Netherlands:

  • Travellers from within the EU / Schengen area are no longer required to present a coronavirus certificate (i.e. proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test)
  • EU citizens travelling to the Netherlands from outside of the EU / Schengen area are no longer required to present a coronavirus certificate
  • Travellers from outside the EU / Schengen area are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test (i.e. a fit-to-fly test) in order to enter the Netherlands

The Dutch government does advise all travellers to take a self-test immediately upon arrival in the Netherlands, and another one five days after arriving in the country.

New entry requirements come into effect on March 23

While the majority of travel restrictions have been lifted, the government does ask anyone arriving in the Netherlands to complete a health declaration form, and emphasises that the EU entry ban remains in effect for a number of countries outside of the EU. There are, however, various exemptions to the entry ban, including for fully vaccinated travellers.

In addition to these relaxations to the rules, the government has announced that, as of March 23, the Netherlands will also recognise recovery certificates issued on the basis of a positive antigen test. Up until now, only positive PCR tests have been officially recognised.

For a full overview of the Netherlands' entry requirements, visit the Dutch government's website.

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NikolaPucarevic 18:50 | 21 March 2022

Pls double check news sources, as the official Dutch government website still contains information that EU entry ban remains in power for non-EU countries.

VictoriaSeveno2 10:43 | 22 March 2022

Hi Nikola! As mentioned in the article, the EU entry ban is still in effect for a number of countries - however, there are various exemptions. For example, travellers with a vaccination or recovery certificate are allowed to travel to the Netherlands. If you take a look on the government's website, you can find a full list of the exemptions, as well as information on the new travel rules that come into effect on Wednesday. Hope this clears up any confusion!