Random checks and fines for travellers at Belgian and German borders

Random checks and fines for travellers at Belgian and German borders

Checks at the German and Belgian borders mean that travellers from the Netherlands without the necessary coronavirus certificates could face fines of up to 300 euros. 

Coronavirus checks at the Dutch-Belgian border

New travel restrictions mean that, from August 8 onwards, holidaymakers returning to the Netherlands will be required to present either proof of vaccination, proof of a recent negative test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 at the border. This paperwork is required for all travellers, regardless of the mode of transport, which means that those travelling by car could be stopped at the Dutch border. 

The Marechaussee has confirmed that there will be random checks at border points along Dutch highways and provincial roads from Sunday, and anyone who is unable to present either a physical or digital coronavirus certificate will face an immediate fine of 95 euros. For the time being, the Marechaussee will only carry out checks along the Belgian border.

German entry requirements for travellers from the Netherlands

Germany has introduced stricter entry requirements for travellers from the Netherlands, which means that while Dutch authorities aren’t carrying out any checks along the German border, German authorities are. 

Since last weekend, German police have been stopping travellers at certain points along the border, specifically in North Rhine-Westphalia. Those stopped are required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a recent negative test, and they can do so via the CoronaCheck app. Anyone planning a stay of more than 24 hours in Germany must also register their plans with the Robert Koch Institute so that local authorities can follow up on any quarantine obligations.

Travellers who fail to present the necessary documentation will have their contact details registered by the police, who will then pass it on to the German health service who will issue the fine. Upon return to the Netherlands, holidaymakers could find themselves presented with a fine of up to 300 euros.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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