An overview of notable dates for the coming 3 months in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Important Dates & Holidays – October, November & December 2021”
Since Saturday 25th, the Netherlands has officially stopped holding by the 1.5-metrer social distancing regulation. To make sure that the Coronavirus stays in check, however access to restaurants, bars, and events will be based on providing a “EU Digital COVID Certificate” (DCC). This certificate (in the form of a QR code) shows your vaccine and/or test status.
The certificate will be accessible to people, who are either (fully) vaccinated, have recovered from the virus, or have been tested negative via the CoronaCheck app. You can also download and print a paper version of the certificate via the CoronaCheck website.
Many Internationals received their vaccination outside of the Netherlands, prior to their arrival or during their stay home in summer. In the Netherlands registered vaccinations will be transferred automatically to the CoronaCheck app, but vaccinations done outside of the European Union require scheduling an appointment with the GGD, located in Utrecht. EU citizens should receive a DCC in the country in which they were vaccinated, which they can use in the Netherlands.
The IWCN has written a full guide on the subject, available here.
An overview of notable dates for the coming 3 months in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Important Dates & Holidays – July, August & September 2021”
On 26 June the Netherlands will be taking the fourth step in the reopening plan and everything will reopen.
You must still maintain a distance of 1.5 metres apart. However in places where this is not possible, such as in nightclubs and at organised events, you will need a coronavirus entry pass (visit coronacheck.nl for more info).
In addition, the requirement to wear a face mask will no longer apply in most situations. It will continue to apply only in situations where staying 1.5 apart is impossible. For example on public transport, on aeroplanes and other forms of passenger transport, at stations and airports, and in secondary schools.Continue reading “Covid-regulations – 26 June Update”
After an exceptionally long spring (that often felt more like autumn), filled with lockdowns, curfews, and sideways rain; summer seems to have bloomed in the North. With temperatures in the next few weeks reaching the heady heights of almost 25 degrees centigrade (!), here’s some of the best places to head to for beach tennis, sandcastle-building, and maybe even a spot of light swimming.Continue reading “To the beach! The best places to dip your toes in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe”
The number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 is falling rapidly. And more and more people are being vaccinated.
In the third step of the reopening plan the measures below will be lifted or relaxed as of 5 June. All other measures and the basic rules will continue to apply to everyone.Continue reading “Covid-regulations – 5 June Update”
An overview of notable dates for the coming 3 months in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Important Dates & Holidays – April, May & June 2021”
World Cleanup Day is a civic movement, uniting 180 countries and millions of people across the world to clean up the planet. In one day. This year it takes place on 20 March 2021.
During this day people throughout the Netherlands will try to pick up as much litter and rubbish as possible in public spaces.
Will you join in?
The coronavirus measures are testing everyone’s resilience, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more difficult it becomes for everyone. Now that a year has passed, the pandemic’s social and economic effects are mounting dramatically.
The government remains focused on protecting people in at-risk groups, and ensuring healthcare remains accessible to those in need. The rise of the British coronavirus variant means that the daily infection rate is now dropping less, or even increasing, compared with a few weeks ago. A third wave of infections seems unavoidable.Continue reading “Covid-regulations – 3 March Update”
One of my biggest difficulties in adapting to the Netherlands was, of course, the weather. I arrived here at the end of December, having come from a tropical country that was in the middle of its summer, and where we have only a small variation in the length of daylight between the seasons of the year.Continue reading “Winter Struggles, by Aline Eclair Duarte”