Test requirement for travel to the Netherlands also applies to vaccinees

THE HAGUE - Contrary to what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggests on its website with travel advice, there is no quarantine obligation (yet) for those traveling from Aruba, Curaçao or Bonaire to the European Netherlands.

The website states: “After a stay in Aruba / Curaçao / Bonaire, you will be quarantined for 10 days upon your return to the Netherlands. On day 5 of your quarantine, you can have yourself tested at the Health Department (GGD). If this test is negative, the quarantine period ends. Do the Quarantine Travel Check to determine what steps to take when you return from your trip. ”

Anyone who then does the check will see the outcome: “Your destination has a high corona risk. There is an increased risk that you have become infected. Go into home quarantine for 10 days.” Inquiries with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport show that this is not an obligation, but an “urgent advice”.

“The quarantine obligation is not yet in force at the moment. The bill has been submitted to the Council of State for advice and is expected to be sent to the Second Chamber of Parliament in mid-April. In the bill, the duty applies to all travelers from high-risk areas,” said the spokesperson. Unlike Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, the ABC islands are currently classified in that category.

The obligation to present a recent negative test result at check-in is already regulated by law. This also applies - just like the quarantine advice - to travelers who are fully vaccinated. "This is because it is uncertain to what extent the vaccines prevent the transmission of the virus and protect against new variants," said VWS.

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