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Do you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk or very high-risk area? There are several rules you need to take into account.
If you travel to the Netherlands from a (very) high-risk area, you are obliged to self-quarantine. This does not apply if you come from a high-risk area within the EU and you have a negative test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery. EU residents can use an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). If you travel to the Netherlands from a very high-risk area and you have been fully vaccinated, as of 22 September you do not have to self-quarantine.
Do you travel to the Netherlands from a low-risk area – a country that has a yellow or green travel advice? You do not need to self-quarantine.
The quarantine measure is meant to diminish the risk of the further spreading of the corona virus and to prevent new virus strains from entering the country. It applies no matter which type of transport you use: airplane, train, bus, or car. To be certain what you need to do, you can prepare for your trip (back) to the Netherlands with the Quarantine Check for Travellers. You can read more on the conditions for entering the Netherlands on the Dutch government's website.
Exemptions from the EU entry ban
Not all travellers need to quarantine when coming from a high-risk area outside of the EU. You will have to have a quarantine declaration. And in some cases you will have to demonstrate why an exemption applies to you. If you have been fully vaccinated you can be exempted from the EU entry ban. If you fulfil the conditions for full vaccination you should show the Vaccine declaration COVID-19 to the border authorities. Read more on entering the Netherlands from outside of the EU.
What is the travel advice?
You can find the most recent information per country or area on the Dutch-language website Wijsopreis.nl. You can also find information in English on travel restrictions on the Dutch government’s website.
How long should you quarantine?
You must remain quarantined for 10 days. Do you develop symptoms that may point to corona? You should get tested as soon as possible.
You can call the Municipal Health Service (GGD) on 0800-1202 to make an appointment for your test. Alternatively, after 5 days you can make an appointment online (in Dutch).
Rules for self-quarantine
- only people living in the same house are allowed in your house or accommodation. You keep 1.5 metres distance from your housemates as much as possible
- do not receive visitors except for medical reasons, such as a GP (general practitioner)
- if you need medical assistance do not go to a doctor or hospital, but you call a doctor
- have others do your (grocery) shopping
- work from home. Are you a care provider? You may only work in exceptional cases and only if you have no symptoms. Consult the Municipal Health Services or your company doctor
- do not use public transport or taxis
- you can be in the garden or on the balcony