The Netherlands drops all entry requirements and travel restrictions

The Netherlands drops all entry requirements and travel restrictions

The Netherlands drops all entry requirements and travel restrictions

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Valid on 17 Septemberth2022, the Dutch government has made the decision to get rid of all travel restrictions and requirements for Covid-19. This decision applies to all travellers, including those entering the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area. The Netherlands kept the Covid protocols for travelers in place much longer than most European countries. But as of September 17thhas the country officially removed its name from the list of the last European countries that still have admission requirements.

Tourist boat in the Amsterdam canal with buildings in the background

Currently, Spain is the last major European country with entry requirements still in place. As other long-standing holdouts such as the Netherlands drop their last remaining protocols, Spain may soon follow suit.

Who is most affected? What does this mean for travelers?

Until recently, the Netherlands had a complete ban on unvaccinated travelers from countries such as America or Canada. As a result, this decision directly affects unvaccinated travelers from both countries. Before this decision, Americans and Canadians had to be fully vaccinated to visit the Netherlands. Visitors from EU/Schengen countries were allowed to enter the Netherlands without restrictions. Still, the country did not give up protocols for other travelers.

Amsterdam canal with building reflecting in the water

17 SeptemberthThe decision means that unvaccinated travelers from all countries, including Americans and Canadians, will be able to enter the Netherlands without proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test. The country has no mask requirements in place, and all arenas are open and functioning normally. Traveling to the Netherlands now will offer an experience much like before the pandemic turned the world upside down.

Dutch tulip fields

Travel chaos, know before you go

This news is likely to pique the interest of travelers and some may be ready to book their next ticket. Most travelers visiting the Netherlands head to the nation’s capital, Amsterdam. In fact, the city was ranked 26thth most popular city in the world in 2019 when it welcomed 8.84 million tourists. Many wanted to visit Amsterdam this summer even when the vaccination requirement was still in place. Unfortunately, the city’s airport was woefully underprepared. As a result, Amsterdam was the European capital of travel mayhem this summer.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport had a tough summer, and it doesn’t look like things will get much better for travelers interested in visiting this fall. The airport announced it on Friday 16 Septemberth, that it would reduce the number of daily passengers by 18% until the end of October due to the labor shortage. The airport is one of the busiest in the world and is a significant transport hub for many major airlines. However, the country recently took the decision to cut flights by almost 20% compared to pre-pandemic levels in an effort to combat climate change and move away from its “transmission hub” reputation.

Busy airport concept, Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands

A strange decision

Amsterdam is a city filled with beautiful canals, 16thcentury architecture, and of course – bicycles. There are many different things to do. Still, for many, the first thought after hearing about Amsterdam is off Marijuana. Famous for its lax regulations regarding cannabis consumption well before most other countries in the world, Amsterdam has long been seen as a haven for cannabis enthusiasts. In fact, as much as 30% of all tourists who visit Amsterdam visit one of its coffee shop solely with the intention of buying cannabis, and that is big business for the area.

amsterdam coffee bar channel

Therefore, a recent push from the city’s mayor may come as a surprise. Mayor Femke Halsema intends to make cannabis purchases in the city a privilege for residents. The plan has not yet been implemented. Still, travelers who visit cannabis as one of their main reasons should keep an eye on the news to ensure they remain unaffected. This is not a set-in-stone change, but is something that is being seriously considered – which makes it worth following.

amsterdam bulldog coffee bar

Get there

American travelers interested in visiting Amsterdam can fly directly from 20 US cities, while Canadians can fly directly from 5. Travelers from both countries should be weary when flying back, as Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has experienced extremely long queues this summer. Get to the airport much earlier than you would in the past and try to avoid checking a bag if possible.

Amsterdam city view

Travelers flying to Amsterdam from Canada should take extra care if flying from Toronto Pearson or Montreal Trudeau airports. Both were recently ranked as the first and second worst airports in the world for flight delays.

US cities that fly non-stop to Amsterdam

  • Boston (BOS)
  • New York (EWR)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • New York City (JFK)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Washington (IAD)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Chicago (WORD)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Portland (PDX)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
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Canadian cities that fly non-stop to Amsterdam

  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Edmonton (YEG)
  • Vancouver (YVR)

This article originally appeared on Travel Off Path. For the latest breaking news that will impact your next trip, please visit: Traveloffpath.com

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