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Pack your bags! The Netherlands welcomes travellers from 5 more EU countries

Got a friend across the border that you’re missing? They may be able to come visit the Netherlands worry free! As of yesterday five European countries or capital cities were added to the Dutch government’s list of ‘safe countries.’

Last week, the Netherlands opened its borders to US tourists, and while that’s great news for American internationals and Dutch tourism, some Europeans might have felt left out. But now it’s their turn to book a worry-free flight! 🥳

What are the new regions?

Starting yesterday, Denmark, Latvia, and Sweden were given the green light for travel to the Netherlands. Previously excluded areas such as the Brussel-Capital Region as well as Athens have also made it to the list.

This brings the total of European countries on the Dutch government’s ‘safe country/region’ list to 31. That’s a good amount to choose from for a quick summer getaway, toch?

Note: While the Netherlands may have marked certain countries as “safe” this does not mean the Netherlands is viewed as a “safe” country in other regions. If you want to travel outside the country, make sure to research the Netherlands’ status in the region you wish to visit.

READ MORE | Where can I holiday? Current travel advice from the Netherlands

What measures apply?

None! (almost). If you’re traveling to the Netherlands from a safe country or region, the EU travel ban does not apply to you. You also don’t need to show a negative test or a vaccination certificate to enter the country, and there’s no need to quarantine. Essentially, just enjoy your holiday, family visit, or whatever else you might have planned! 😍

However, if you are traveling by plane, you’ll need to fill in a health declaration form. Some airlines include a digital version of the form when you check-in — but make sure to verify whether this applies to your flight, or if you need to carry a printed version with you.

Will you be traveling in Europe this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels

Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafés (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).


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