Nimvegan The Netherlands is tightening the rules, which will require PCR testing when entering from Germany in the future. This does not apply to stays less than twelve hours. At the same time, Germany is easing its rules for its neighbors, and holidays are possible without further isolation.
The Netherlands is tightening corona entry rules from Tuesday 1 June. For those coming from high-risk areas such as Germany, PCR testing is required when crossing the border. The Dutch government writes this on your website. Until the end, there was uncertainty about the exceptions. A spokesman for the European Minister for North Rhine-Westphalia clarified Monday evening that “the most important message for the people on the border with the Netherlands: nothing will change.”
It is true that the obligation to submit a negative PCR test at the entrance now applies to all traffic routes – so far, motorists have been exempted. Small border traffic with less than twelve hours of accommodation is generally exempt from this test requirement. Those coming by public transport are also excluded. Cross-border travelers do not need a test for work or training purposes.
A new situation arises from Dutch law for holiday makers who want to spend more than twelve hours in the Netherlands. From June 1, they are obligated to have a negative PCR test with them, which should not exceed 72 hours.
As Germany as a whole is not classified as an “orange” country, the need for this test may soon be dropped again, but a spokesman says. This is likely to happen soon due to the fall incidents in Germany. The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is committed to further facilitating border traffic soon.
The background is that the Netherlands classifies Germany as a “danger zone” with a signal orange. The Kingdom recommends traveling only to countries with a green or yellow rating. For red countries, entry requirements are particularly strict. “If you come from a country with an orange color code, a negative PCR test is always required,” the Dutch government explains on its website.
The seven-day incidence of 121 infections per 100,000 people in the Netherlands (as of May 31) is still significantly higher than in Germany.
The announcement caused a stir, especially in the border area: a PCR test, in contrast to a rapid test, involves significant costs to citizens.
The German government is now taking counter-measures to facilitate entry requirements for the Netherlands in view of the fall incidents on both sides of the border. As Robert Koch announced Friday, the neighboring country will no longer be considered a high-profile event, but a high-risk area. This eliminates the general isolation requirement for travelers from these countries. Negative corona can avoid isolation for ten days by rapid testing once passengers cross the border. After staying in a high-risk area, home isolation can be completed in advance if the test is negative. With the option of free trial, there will be no need for isolation after a holiday in the Netherlands.