Announcing some relief for Indian travellers willing to visit the Netherlands, the Embassy of the Netherlands in India announced that fully vaccinated travellers can apply for any visa category with prior appointments. This facility is only available to those jabbed with Covishield vaccine as it is currently the only vaccine recognised by the Dutch government.
Travellers vaccinated with Covaxin or who have not been vaccinated can only travel if they fall under one of the EU entry ban exemptions, tweeted the Embassy. Carrying recent negative RT_PCR test report is necessary while travellers will mandatorily have to self-quarantine for 10 days even if they are vaccinated. The statement said that a fine will be imposed in case of non-compliance of the rules.
Earlier, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, New Delhi had restarted accepting visa applications for a few categories in July 2021.
Checklist for Indian travellers planning a visit to The Netherlands:
1. EU entry ban for high-risk areas outside the EU/Schengen area
A European entry ban is in effect for some people, barring them from travelling to the European Union or the Schengen area. You may only enter the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. For example, people who have been fully vaccinated can be exempted from the EU entry ban.
2. Mandatory quarantine
Self-quarantine for 10 days at home or in your accommodation is mandatory if you travel/return to the Netherlands after staying in very high-risk countries. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. You must be able to show a completed, printed and signed quarantine declaration. If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. You may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement depending on the purpose of your trip.
3. Negative Covid-19 test result
You must be able to show a negative Covid-19 test result. This applies to everyone aged 12 or over and even if you have been vaccinated. The type of mandatory negative test result you need depends on the mode of transport you use.
4. Health declaration
If you are travelling by air, you must fill in a health declaration (only when aged 13 or above) and carry it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.