Netherlands has done away with the last of its travel restrictions, that were placed during the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, travellers can explore the beautiful country like the pre-COVID-19 times. Here are the details. By Anushka Goel
On Saturday, September 17, the Netherlands government announced that it was scrapping all remaining travel restrictions that had been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country had already been easing restrictions, and had just kept the European Union (EU) entry ban till Saturday.
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A statement by the Dutch government read, “Given the current epidemiological situation in the Netherlands, the government feels that for entry to the Netherlands the EU entry ban is no longer proportional.” The statement was issued on Friday, September 16, just a day ahead of the lifting of restrictions.
Earlier this year, as the Omicron wave began to subside, several countries let go of their travel restrictions. The Netherlands was one of them and had eased most of its travel bans in a bid to welcome more tourists. However, the restrictions set by the EU ban had been retained so far. This meant that all nations arriving from regions outside the EU and Schengen areas had to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid recovery certificate, to be eligible for entry into the country. However, those belonging to the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) were able to enter the country restriction-free. They did not have to submit any proof of their vaccination, recovery or testing status.
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Before the travel ban was lifted, the vaccination certificates of those visiting Netherlands were also subject to certain criteria, writes Schengen Visa News. The vaccines had to be approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization and had to have been administered within the past nine months, the report states.
The move is set to increase the influx of tourists in the Dutch nation, as people will be able to explore the destinations without any stress or worry.
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