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Netherlands Launches EU Digital COVID Passport

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The Dutch government announced that the country will launch a COVID digital passport to facilitate travel within the European Union during the COVID19 pandemic.

The COVID19 digital passport has been established by the European Commission and is expected to be fully operational from July 1st.

As the deadline for EU member states to start issuing digital COVID certificates is set to be tomorrow, in addition to the Netherlands, several other countries, including Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland, have not yet begun to issue and verify certificates.

As the deadline for EU member states to start issuing digital COVID certificates is set for July 1st, in addition to the Netherlands, several other countries, including Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland, have not yet begun to issue and verify certificates.

In contrast, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and Poland have successfully connected to the EU gateway on June 1, and have begun to issue and verify documents.

As the Netherlands will have a fully functional travel pass identification system as of July 1, it has been announced that self-quarantine requirements for people from high-risk areas of the European Union upon arrival in the country no longer will apply to digital COVID. passport holders.

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To be more precise, all EU residents who present a negative result of the coronavirus test, vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery will be able to enter the country without restrictions. Government statement reads: “Emergency advice on self quarantine on arrival for people traveling from high risk areas will no longer apply to people traveling within the European Union. They may show negative test results , vaccination certificates or recovery certificates.

Similar rules will apply to travelers from outside the EU who have been vaccinated. However, if they provide proof of recovery of the viruses, will not be exempt from the quarantine requirement. They must present a negative test result or a vaccination certificate. If non-EU travelers provide vaccination certificates, they are no longer required to provide negative test results.

In addition, he also noted that people who have been fully immunized against COVID19 are now exempt from the EU entry ban, as long as they do not travel from SchengenVisaInfo, a high-risk area where the virus and its variants are widespread.

For those planning to show negative test results, the Netherlands acknowledges negative PCR test results performed within 72 hours prior to arrival and negative antigen test results performed within 48 hours prior to arrival.

Government emphasizes that it does not accept self-test results The negative test result requirement applies to all persons over the age of 13 traveling from high-risk or extremely high-risk areas. Previously, the Dutch government revealed that the country will provide free trials for everyone planning to visit the Netherlands during July and August.

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