Netherlands lifts travel rules for EU/Schengen nations


On Wednesday, March 23, Netherlands scraps its travel rules for European Union/Schengen Area states. The Dutch government decided that travellers arriving in the Netherlands would no longer be required to follow any obligation of entry rules.

As per the new rules, the EU/Schengen Area passengers cab enter the Netherlands without any restriction, and they are not required to present their vaccination or recovery status.


The travelers from the EU/Schengen Area reaching the Netherlands from a third country would also be exempted from following any obligation of entry rules.

The government’s decision provides special privileges for EU/Schengen areas now, and the entry rules depend upon the country origin of the traveller.

In favour of the decision, the Dutch government stated last week that travelers from EU/Schengen areas are exempted from following any obligation from March 23.

From now onwards, the third-country travellers would be allowed to provide valid documents of vaccination or recovery for entering the Netherlands.

Although, the third-country travellers reaching the Netherlands via air or sea must provide an accurate health declaration form.

The vaccination certificate will be accepted while entering the country, and it must show that the passenger has obtained the primary vaccination within the last nine months.


The government emphasized for the recovery certificate that, the recovery certificate will be considered valid only if the recovery pass shows that the patient has been cured within the last six months.

Ernst Kuipers, Health Minister of the Netherlands, stated apart from relaxing the travel rules for incoming passengers from March 23, the country will also scrap its remaining domestic restrictions.

Furthermore, he stated that the obligation to wear a mask at disclosed places and present vaccination proof while going to different places in the country would be dropped.

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