The Netherlands to welcome back Americans today, with little restriction

Jun 24, 2021

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As of Thursday, June 24, Americans can travel freely to the Netherlands: no vaccine, negative COVID-19 test or quarantine required upon arrival.

The Dutch government’s decision to expand entry options follows the June 18 announcement by the Council of the European Union to open EU borders to visitors from additional “safe” countries, including the United States, given the low risk of contracting COVID-19.

“Most restrictions are therefore no longer necessary,” the Dutch government said on June 18, citing sharp dives in both the “number of new infections and the number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.”

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The absence of a proof-of-vaccination or negative test requirement makes the Netherlands an attractive option for those looking for an easier travel experience in Europe this summer. An outlier in the EU, unvaccinated minors from safe countries should be able to enter the country without issue.

Today’s deadline also adds persons from six other non-EU nations, including Albania, Lebanon and Taiwan. If you are visiting from a high-risk country, the Dutch government will still require a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours and a negative rapid test within 24 hours prior to departure or a negative PCR test within 24 hours prior to departure.

The only travel requirement for Americans to fulfill ahead of time is the submission of a health declaration, which some airlines allow you to complete digitally upon checking in for your flight, as noted by Dutch officials.

Related: Country-by-country guide to reopenings

Today’s news comes just ahead of the country’s planned stage four reopening phase on June 26, when all establishments, including public hospitality venues, cinemas, concert halls and sporting venues, will reopen, along with the lift of the previous curfew regarding public drinking and purchasing alcohol.

The only notable on-the-ground restriction appears to be the continuation of the 1.5-meter social-distancing requirement that will remain in place through at least mid-August.

Although face masks will no longer be required in most situations, you will still be expected to wear one on public transport, including at train stations and airports.

For Americans returning home, the U.S. government expects a negative COVID-19 test for all passengers, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated individuals, within three days before touching U.S. soil. The Netherlands will offer free coronavirus tests in July and August for visitors, intended for those who are unvaccinated and/or required by their home countries.

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