COVID 19 update December
December 27th, 2021
Entry rules update as per 22/12/2021
This update memo intends to provide with new (additional) rules which will apply as of 22 December 2021 to travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area:
- Travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area must always provide a negative test result to enter The Netherlands. Travellers from very high-risk areas must always self- quarantine (see below more detailed explanation). These rules also apply to travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, who were previously exempt from the mandatory quarantine.
- Mandatory testing for all travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area (either from a safe, high-risk or very high-risk country). From 22 December 2021 onwards, travellers coming from countries outside the EU/Schengen area are only permitted to enter The Netherlands if they have a negative test result with them. In order to avoid any doubt: this includes travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. The test results must be from either a NAAT (PCR) test performed no more than 48 hours before departure or an antigen test performed no more than 24 hours before departure.
- Travellers from very high-risk areas and self-quarantine: as stated, travellers from very high-risk areas must self-quarantine for 10 days even if they have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. This quarantine period can be shortened if they get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) on day 5 of the quarantine and the result is negative.
- The other exceptions to the mandatory quarantine rule will remain in effect, as will the other exceptions to the test requirement, for example for children under 12 and transport personnel.
Please read this update in conjunction with the earlier memo in order to have a complete overview of the actual set and scope of rules that apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.