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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

June 21, the targeted date for the introduction of vaccine passport 

Health minister Hugo de Jonge has told MPs that the cabinet probably will make a decision about vaccine passport by early June, which gives the parliament around three weeks for debate.

June 21 is the targeted date set by the European Commission to introduce the vaccine passport, and then it will take six weeks to organize it. De Jonge pointed out that it is a slow process since the Dutch school holidays start in July. Moreover, this means the passport will be ready in August, and by then the Dutch school summer holidays will be over. 

The vaccine passport will permit people to travel to other EU countries and allow them to attend events in the Netherlands without the need to have a negative coronavirus test result. France and Spain have already announced that they will let in vaccinated people to go to their country starting in June. 

The Telegraaf reported that the legislation, to make quarantine compulsory for people returning to the Netherlands from high-risk countries, will probably come into effect in June. 

This legislation is needed since more than 75% of travelers are not self-isolating for 10 days after they are returning from a high-risk country.

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