The Government of the Netherlands has decided to lift the European Union (EU) entry ban for the Netherlands as of 17 September 2022. Given the current epidemiological situation in the Netherlands, the Government feels that the EU entry ban is no longer proportional for entry to the Netherlands. The European Commission is also planning to publish a proposal for revising the rules for entering the EU in autumn 2022.
The Government’s decision means that as of 17 September 2022, no Covid-19-related restrictions or requirements apply to travellers entering the Netherlands, including those from countries outside the EU/Schengen Area.
Up until now, travellers from countries that are not part of the Schengen Area and the EU have been required to present a vaccination or recovery certificate in order to be permitted to enter the territory of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands was amongst the last three EU countries keeping in place COVID-19 entry restrictions, alongside Spain and Luxembourg. Only the latter two are keeping their regulations in place.
In fact, the Spanish authorities announced that entry restrictions for incoming visitors from non-EU and non-Schengen countries will be extended until November 15.
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