Dutch border police turn away 30 British nationals on non-essential visits

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Dutch border police say they have turned away slightly more than 30 British nationals who were trying to enter the Netherlands for ‘non essential’ reasons since the start of 2021.

Since January 1, the UK is no longer considered an EU country and its nationals are barred from visiting the Netherlands unless their journey is essential, because of coronavirus rules.

The Dutch rules bar all non-residents from outside the EU who come from a high-risk country and who do not have an urgent reason to visit.

The border police have also confirmed to DutchNews.nl that British nationals who were officially resident in the Netherlands before January 1 should not be having their passports stamped on arrival at Schiphol airport.

Several people told DutchNews.nl that this had happened to them when they arrived last week, shortly after the end of the transition period.

However, if this has happened, it will not affect their residency rights, the spokesman said.

If you have experienced Brexit related problems with travelling to or from the Netherlands, or with ordering goods from Britain, and would like to share your story, please email editor@dutchnews.nl

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