Since Brexit, 13 individuals have been refused entry to the Netherlands because the UK is no longer excluded from Covid-related EU travel restrictions.
More than a dozen British citizens have been refused entry to the Netherlands since Jan. 1 because, since leaving the EU, Britain has no longer been excluded from Covid-related limitations on non-essential travel from outside the EU.
A Dutch Border Guard spokesman reported Monday that since Friday, as many as 13 British nationals have been turned away at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport because their travel was non-essential and coronavirus laws now extend to third countries.
Just a handful of low-coronavirus countries are excluded from EU rules that restrict non-essential travelers from the European Economic Region and beyond the bloc. At the end of the Brexit transition era, the United Kingdom was withdrawn from the list.
“They all had a negative PCR test, but they forget the basic rule that it has to be a necessary trip, for example for work or because of serious personal circumstances,” said public broadcaster NOS gendarmerie spokesman Robert van Kapel.
“People from safe countries are allowed to pass, but the United Kingdom is certainly not a safe country at the moment,” said van Kapel. He added that some of the travelers “just wanted to visit Amsterdam,” while one man was preparing to fly to Spain for a ski vacation from Schiphol. “That’s just not the intention now,” said Van Kapel.
In October, EU member states decided to adopt a proposal from the European Council to allow non-essential travel from a select group of countries with lower covine infections, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.
European citizens and British citizens living in the EU can still fly from the United Kingdom to the EU. A recent negative test and proof of citizenship, while EU Member States will technically circumvent the recommendations of the European Council if they so wish.
However, few have done so, suggesting that, under some conditions, British nationals can now only join the bloc, primarily for urgent family, research or job purposes – including aid workers, caregivers, ambassadors, medical staff, military personnel and transport workers.
Travelers from the UK have been moving since the conclusion of the Brexit transition phase at midnight Central European time on Dec. 31. In any case, those who have a valid reason for traveling to the EU must also have at least six months left on their passports.
They won’t be able to use EU fast-track passport control and customs lanes anymore, and they should be prepared to display a return ticket, prove they have enough money to stay, and have their passport stamped.
Approximately 1,900 people were refused entry into the Netherlands by Dutch border control last year, mostly at Schiphol, but also at other airports and seaports.
Most did not have sufficient travel documentation or enough money to stay, but due to coronavirus restrictions imposed in March, about 900 – including 300 Americans – were turned away.