Netherlands to drop quarantine restrictions for vaccinated travelers

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Beginning September 22, 2021, the Netherlands will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers from the United States, UK, and other ‘high-risk areas’ to quarantine upon entering the country. 

This decision came two weeks after the country announced that vaccinated travelers from the United States will need to quarantine upon arrival to the Netherlands.

A press release issued by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport states that fully-vaccinated Americans, Britons and travelers from other areas deemed ‘high-risk’ by the country can travel to the Netherlands without undergoing self-quarantine. 

A full list of the country risk classification by the Netherlands can be viewed here.  

The Dutch government has announced that beginning September 25, 2021, social distancing rules will no longer apply, events are allowed once more, and restaurants and pubs can now accommodate to maximum capacity. 

“Nearly 13 million people in the Netherlands have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 11 million are fully vaccinated. Hospital and ICU admissions are stable. The majority of people who are admitted to hospital or who test positive for Coronavirus are still unvaccinated,” the Ministry said, attributing the progress to the decision for lifting restrictions.

Unvaccinated travelers are still banned from entering the Netherlands, and vaccinated travelers are obliged to present a negative test result to enter. In addition, travelers aged 13 and older arriving by plane must also complete and carry out a health declaration.

According to the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these restrictions do not apply to the Caribbean islands Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, which are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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