Published on 28 January 2021
The Dutch Shipowners Association, KVNR, has advised that, as of 00.00 hours on Tuesday 29 December 2020 all nationals (including Dutch and other EU and Schengen nationals) are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result when arriving in the Netherlands from a high-risk area, and the exemption to this requirement that applies to seafarers.
The relevant official information has now been published in English on the website of the Netherlands government.
Currently almost all countries (including all EU member states) are defined as high-risk area. The limited list of counties labelled as non-high risk (safe countries) is attached (Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl)
The exemption that applies to seafarers is defined as follows:
Exceptions to the requirement to present a negative test result
The following people do not need a negative test result:
Seafarers who possess a seaman’s record book if they are travelling as part of their job, in order to perform work or after performing work.