Netherlands to Remove Quarantine
The Dutch government has announced that the country will lift the quarantine that currently is obligatory for all travelers who arrive from very high-risk countries.
Starting from February 25th, 2022, they will no longer need to self-quarantine upon arrival.
Travelers from very high-risk countries will be allowed to quarantine-free entry to the Netherlands as long as they can provide a vaccination certificate or recovery proof.
Moreover, everyone entering the territory of the Netherlands is still obliged to provide a negative COVID-19 test report.
Netherlands' very high-risk list
For the time being, all non-EU countries are included in the Netherlands' very high-risk list, excluding the following:
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
The current rules (effective until Feb. 25th) apply to all travelers arriving in the Netherlands from one of the countries listed among very high-risk, no matter their vaccination or recovery status.
Travelers coming to the Netherlands from other EU countries will still be able to enter the territory of the Netherlands under simplified entry protocol as long as they can provide a vaccination certificate, negative COVID-19 test, or recovery certificate.
The Netherlands Health Declaration Form
Similarly like most of the countries worldwide, the Netherlands introduced the mandatory health declaration, known as the Passenger Locator Form, as one of the safety measures amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Netherlands Health Declaration Form (or PLF) consists of a few essential travel and health-related questions, including flight details and personal data.
Travelers need to know the seat number to complete the form. That is why every passenger should fill it out not earlier than within 24 hours before entering the Netherlands.
Revised travel rules for the Dutch
Apart from relaxing rules for third-country international travelers, the Dutch authorities have also revised the travel rules for its citizens.
The Dutch nationals now will be able to travel abroad more freely as the country decided to stop the issuance of travel advisories based entirely on a COVID-19 situation in a given country.
However, all security and health risks will be taken into consideration, including vaccination or recovery status of a traveler.
In general, it means that traveling outside Europe will be facilitated for the Dutch since they will not need to follow testing or quarantine requirements all the time.