From 4 September changes in travel to the Netherlands

Nederland vanuit de lucht

The fact that a business trip has become so much more complex than before has been a fact of life for the past year and a half. The travel restrictions and measures due to COVID-19 still change regularly. Also as of September 4, 2021, there are new rules. A number of changes will be implemented for (business) travellers who travel from abroad to the Netherlands (back). Various countries will be designated as high-risk areas or very high-risk areas as of that date, which will result in changes to travel advice and the accompanying measures.

Changes to countries within the EU

Within the EU, Germany and Hungary are designated high-risk areas, whereby the travel advice changes from green to yellow. Are you travelling back to the Netherlands from these countries? Then you must show a corona certificate when entering the country. This obligation takes effect from 6 September 2021.

Changes to countries outside the EU

Outside the EU, the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia are designated as very high risk areas. The travel advisories of these countries will change to orange, which means that the EU entry ban will apply again. Are you travelling from these high risk areas to the Netherlands? Then you can only enter if you are fully vaccinated or fall under another exception of the EU entry ban. You must also comply with the mandatory 10-day quarantine as of September 4, 2021. Only as of September 6, 2021, will you be allowed to travel to the Netherlands only with proof of a negative test. A recovery certificate or proof of full vaccination will then no longer be sufficient.

Lebanon will be designated a high-risk area as of September 4, 2021 and the travel advice will go to orange and red. The EU entry ban also applies there again. You can only enter the Netherlands if you have been fully vaccinated or if you fall under another exception. You will need a corona certificate for this.

Changes to ‘variant countries

As of 4 September 2021, there are no longer any ‘variant countries’. These are high-risk areas with a virus variant that causes concern. Sixteen countries in South and Central America and South Africa have been subject to additional measures in the recent past. As of September 4, 2021, these countries fall under the high risk areas or very high risk areas. They are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay (designated high-risk areas); and Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Venezuela and South Africa (designated high-risk areas).

If you are fully vaccinated, you will be allowed to travel into the EU from these countries from September 4, 2021. The double test requirement also disappears. However, you must comply with the other measures such as a mandatory corona certificate (test, recovery, – or vaccination certificate), the health declaration (when travelling by plane) and in some cases the mandatory home quarantine.

Personalized advice

Do you want to prepare well for a business trip? Then check our COVID-19 page for more information and many useful links. Now advice and guidance is even more important. A business trip must be properly arranged, according to the regulations in force at the time. Our Travel Consultants are here to take the entire organization of a business trip off your hands. Contact us and experience our Personal Touch.


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