The Netherlands is changing its entry rules for UK travellers meaning vaccinated Brits will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival
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The Netherlands is set to lift quarantine rules for vaccinated UK travellers later this month, as it eases restrictions for Brits.
Under the current rules, only vaccinated Brits are allowed to enter the Netherlands and must still undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine, rules which applied to anyone aged 13 or over who was arriving from the UK. This was due to the UK being deemed a ‘very high-risk area’.
However from September 22, the Netherlands is scrapping quarantine requirements for Brits who are fully vaccinated against Covid.
That means the Netherlands will join a line-up of holiday options for Brits who are double jabbed. (There are some countries still welcoming unvaccinated Brits ).
From September 25 there will be a series of new local rules in the Netherlands to be aware of if you’re considering a trip.
For example, all hospitality establishments will be closed between midnight and 6am, while anyone aged 13 or over will need to show a valid Covid pass in order to be able to enter bars and restaurants, festivals and concerts, and the likes of cinemas and theatres.
Face masks will be mandatory in airports, aircraft and public transport, as well as taxis. However, face masks are not mandatory in train stations or at bus, tram and metro stops.
You can get more information about travelling to the Netherlands and local rules during Covid on the Dutch government website here.
At the time of writing the Netherlands is on the UK’s amber list. This means that anyone returning to the UK will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days and take a second PCR test on day eight.
According to Reuters data the Netherlands reported 87 infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days, with cases continuing to fall. Meanwhile, the country is estimated to have administered vaccine doses to a majority of its population.
The UK government is expected to share a new travel update this week with possible changes to the green and red lists. However, officials are also expected to overhaul the current traffic lights system by October, which could include changes to testing requirements. We spoke to a number of travel experts to hear their take on the possible changes and how they could impact holidaymakers moving forward.
Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic so before planning a trip always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice where you’ll find further information for more entry requirements and other updates.
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