The Netherlands re-introduces entry ban for Japan
The Netherlands will reinstate the entry ban for travellers with permanent residence in Japan as of 2 February 2021. This decision was made based on a risk assessment with criteria that are as objective as possible with regard to the health situation in these countries and the regulations
As in the case of Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria, Morocco, Georgia, Tunisia, Canada and Uruguay, the number of new infections was taken into account. This number must be lower than the European average per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of 14 days. The overall response to Covid-19 in the country concerned is also taken into account. This includes the number of tests carried out, source and contact tracing and control measures. Health organisations such as the ECDC, WHO and RIVM provide the necessary information for this.
The lifting of the travel restriction, which took effect on 1 July and 27 October last year, will remain in force for travellers who are permanently resident in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.
For travellers from China, the travel ban will be lifted as soon as China accepts EU citizens. The same applies to China's Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
For all non-essential travel of persons from other third countries (countries other than the EU+ area) to Europe, the current entry restriction will remain in place with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. This means that persons who do not have a permanent residence in one of the above-mentioned countries or regions on the safe list and who do not fall under the exemption positions will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands.