Hey ! Does anyone know if traveling to the Netherlands being fully vaccinated and coming from an EU country (Romania) is allowed without quarantine ? I am planning to go and stay there 1 week in July but I am not sure if it is possible .
To expand upon Kate's link, here are the safe countries - from which you can travel to The NL without a test and/or quarantine. (Congrats, Romania is one of those countries!)
No negative test result or self-quarantine required
If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands. The Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk list - as compiled by the Dutch government:
Safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau). Only if China lifts entry restrictions on European travelers. Travelers from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test declaration.
Safe countries within the EU/Schengen area
- Spain: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands only
- Greece: the North Aegean Region and the Ionian Islands Region only
- Norway (excluding Oslo and the county of Agder)
- Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
- St Maarten
- St Eustatius
Unfortunately, in the next 6 months, we have two trips planned to the USA, business trips to Sevilla, Rome, and London... and ALL OF THESE - by the current Dutch standards - WILL REQUIRE the stringent testing policies to re-enter the NL, which is as follows:
If you are aged 13 or over and traveling to the Netherlands from a
high-risk area, you must provide proof that you have tested negative
--- Testing Option #1 - You can do this by presenting a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding.
--- Testing Option #2 - Or you can present both a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands and a negative rapid test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding.
Thus, to do ONE TEST to enter The NL, you have to do a NAAT PCR and get the results back within 24 hours of your departure. For our USA destinations, we've found a couple of options, but to get the "lab test" NAAT PCR results back in less than 24 hours - really about 21 hours as you have to have this in hand when you check-in - can be quite expensive.
We're hoping the Dutch government - which is relaxing many of the remaining restrictions in the month of June - will DROP the 24-hour NAAT PCR rule... and move to simply ONE 72-hour NAAT PCR before departure test (rather than 72 hours before arrival), like much of Europe already has. Otherwise, our total tests will cost more than our flights!
And unfortunately, without adhering to these rules, we can't go home once we land at AMS... Yes, the official position of the NL government strongly discourages travel by Dutch citizens - and their testing standards define that position.