A negative corona test will no longer be sufficient to enter Germany from the Netherlands from Tuesday. The Robert Koch Institute, the German equivalent of the RIVM, announced on Friday that the Netherlands is classified as a high-risk area, which means that travelers without a vaccination certificate (or proof that they have previously been infected with the corona virus) must be quarantined for ten days after arrival. . People who can show a negative test after five days may end the quarantine period early. The rule also applies to children from the age of six.
With the introduction of the rule, Germany is responding to Thursday’s updated color chart from the European health institute ECDC. As a result, more and more parts of the Netherlands are turning dark red (more than 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in fourteen days) – while Germany itself is still apple green (less than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants). The entry rules are also becoming stricter for people who come to Germany from the equally deep red Spain.
Also read this piece from earlier this month: The Netherlands has code red on the European virus map: does the Dutch traveler notice that?
Earlier this week, France also tightened the entry rules for people from the Netherlands, although the French went less far. Unvaccinated Dutch people must be able to submit a negative corona test of no more than 24 hours old. Previously, that limit was 72 hours.
With the tightening, planning a holiday for the Dutch is becoming more and more complicated. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends holidaymakers download the Ministry’s travel app and check the latest developments before departure.
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Since the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been raging through Europe, the internal corona rules have also been tightened up here and there. Croatia is one of the last countries to retighten the thumbscrews. On Friday, the government announced that gatherings of more than 50 people will no longer be allowed along the touristic Adriatic coast from next week. However, there are exceptions for concerts and sports competitions where visitors are tested in advance.
A day earlier, Italy also announced stricter restrictions: restaurants, stadiums, museums, theatres, swimming pools and gyms will only be allowed to enter from 5 August people who can present a ‘green pass’ proving that they have been fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative. Eating or drinking on the terrace is still possible without a pass. Spain and Greece also introduced additional measures earlier this month due to increasing infections.
Also noteworthy are the tightening up in Israel. The country that previously led the way in vaccination and sparked jealousy when it reopened theaters and shopping centers relatively early has had to reintroduce a number of restrictions due to the spread of the Delta variant. From the end of this month, visitors to restaurants, gyms and synagogues must be able to show proof that they are not infected.
The mask obligation is also back in force in shops and other public spaces. In fact, store employees are prohibited from helping customers who do not cover their nose and mouth with a mask. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called his corona policy a form of “soft suppression” of the virus spread. He wants the Israeli people to learn to live with the virus.