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People who have not been fully vaccinated or who do not have a corona recovery certificate must be able to submit a negative test from 8 August if they return to the Netherlands from a 'yellow' EU country.

The cabinet announced this on Monday afternoon.

In addition, all countries in the European Union (EU) will turn 'green' or 'yellow' from Tuesday, which means that the cabinet no longer advises traveling to any EU country.

The test, which is mandatory from 8 August on return to the Netherlands, must be taken in the country of origin.

This concerns a PCR test that was taken no more than 48 hours before departure or an antigen test that was taken no more than 24 hours before departure to the Netherlands.

Travel is of course only allowed if the result is negative.

In the case of air travel, this is checked by the airline.

People who drive to a yellow country by car can also be checked on their return to the Netherlands.

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus must also be able to demonstrate this via the CoronaCheck app.


De Jonge: 'Holiday-goers from the yellow country must show a negative test'

From Tuesday all EU countries green or yellow

The government only advises against traveling to countries within the EU again if a dangerous virus mutant appears there.

It does, however, advise all travelers returning from abroad to have themselves tested.

For those who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have a corona recovery certificate, the "urgent advice" applies to test themselves on the day after return and on the fifth day in the Netherlands.

This can be a self-test, but it can also be done free of charge at the GGD.

Fine of 95 euros without corona proof

Travelers from EU countries are not obliged to quarantine when they arrive in the Netherlands, unless there is a new virus mutant in the country they come from.

The teams that checked the quarantine obligation will now do so for people who cross the Dutch border by car.

If you do not have a valid corona certificate, you can be fined 95 euros.

Improvement: An earlier version of this article stated that from August 8, two negative tests are required upon return to the Netherlands. That's just one: a PCR test, up to 48 hours in advance, or an antigen test, up to 24 hours in advance. That has been adjusted.