Mandatory quarantine when travelling to the Netherlands

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk area? You are obliged to self-quarantine. This also applies if you have already been vaccinated against corona. 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 mandatory quarantine measure is in place from 1 June. The 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 prepare for your trip (back) to the Netherlands, you can do the Quarantine Check for Travellers.


Not all travellers need to quarantine when coming from a high-risk area (in Dutch). This applies for instance if you are a cross-border worker, if you have stayed in an orange area for less than 12 hours, or if you have a specific profession.

What is the travel advice?

You can find the most recent information per country or area on the Dutch-language website You can also find some 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.

If after 5 days you have no symptoms you may be tested. If the test is negative you no longer need to self-quarantine. If not, you can get tested again after 5 days (on day 10).

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

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO