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Netherlands Obliges All Travelers to Present Negative COVID-19 Test

Starting from Tuesday, December 29, all those reaching the Netherlands from another Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area will be obliged to present a document that shows they have tested for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours before arrival and resulted negative.

The authorities will admit test results in five languages – English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch. The test must be either molecular PCR test and must be for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, as other types of tests are not accepted.

The document must contain the passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport, date and time the test was conducted, as well as the results. It must also contain the name and contact information of the laboratory where the test was conducted.

Exempt from the measure will also be the following categories of arrivals.

  • Children aged 12 years old and younger
  • People from countries on the EU list of safe countries – Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China, (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
  • Cross-border commuters (including students and school children)
  • Diplomatic identity cardholders – issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Non-Dutch diplomatic passport holders
  • Dutch diplomatic passport holders who are travelling as part of their job
  • Heads of state and members of foreign governments
  • Persons who work in the goods transport sector and other personnel of essential transportation
  • Seafarers who hold a seaman’s record book, travelling as part of their job
  • Air passengers on flights which do not have a Dutch airport as their destination, but are forced to land at a Dutch airport due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Passengers holding a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa
  • Passengers arriving the Netherlands on international intercity trains and coaches are not required to present a negative test result
  • People arriving in the Netherlands by car

It also notes that a negative test result is not a substitute for self-quarantining. People with a negative test result should still self-quarantine for ten days on arrival in the Netherlands.

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