Netherlands lifts quarantine requirement for vaccinated U.S. travelers

The Netherlands has reversed a quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers, saying that effective Sept. 22, vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and other “very high-risk areas” for Covid-19 no longer have to quarantine. 

The rule change will particularly benefit river cruise operators, who had been altering schedules to avoid the quarantine requirement for cruisers who were embarking ships in Amsterdam, a popular departure point. Most river lines require passengers and crew to be vaccinated. 

Travel Weekly is tracking the Covid-related entry requirements for destinations in Europe.

A statement from the Netherlands government said that as of Sept. 25, it would relax its five-foot distancing rule, which means that bars and restaurants can open to maximum capacity and events will again be allowed. 

But simultaneously it will require patrons ages 13 and over to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative Covid test result taken less than 24 hours before entry, using the CoronaCheck Netherlands app to generate a health pass. Patrons ages 14 and over will have to show an ID along with their health pass. 

The government still urges people to practice social distancing. Face masks are still mandatory in airports and on planes, buses, trains, trams, metros, taxis and other commercial transportation. 

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