Following the end of the Brexit transition period travellers from the UK have found themselves being blocked from entering the Netherlands.
The Netherlands block UK travellers from entering after Brexit: Broadcaster NOS has reported that 10 travellers have so far been turned away by Dutch border police since 1st January when the UK finally left the EU. New coronavirus rules in place state that non-EU members must have a valid reason to enter the Netherlands other than for leisure, with a statement from border police saying of the 10 travellers “They all had a negative PCR test, but had forgotten the basic rule, that they need to have an urgent reason to come, such as work or serious family issues.”
The statement went on to say “Some of them wanted to visit Amsterdam and one man wanted to fly to Spain via Amsterdam to teach his children to ski. But that is not the idea.” Although the Dutch Government announced that entry will not be permitted for those outside the EU they have said that UK nationals who legally reside in the Netherlands are still allowed to enter.
Before Brexit members of the UK were allowed to travel freely, with previous Government advice reading “As of 00:01 (CET) on Wednesday 23 December the Dutch Government will permit passengers from the UK with a negative COVID-19 test to travel to the Netherlands. The test must be no older than 72 hours and must be presented before travel.”
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