Measures to combat bird flu

Bird flu, or avian influenza (AI), is very infectious for poultry. As soon as bird flu is detected, the government takes measures to prevent the virus from spreading. This includes a ban on transporting poultry in the area where bird flu has occurred.

Nationwide measures to combat bird flu

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) variant H5N1 is endemic in wild bird populations in the Netherlands and several other European countries since the fall of 2021. It has also led to many outbreaks in commercial poultry farms. The government is enacting measures to prevent the virus from spreading and to reduce the risk of infection.

Measures to prevent bird flu

During an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu), non-commercial bird keepers – private individuals, petting farms and zoos – must keep at-risk birds in covered pens or house them. At-risk birds are poultry, waterfowl and flightless birds. This rule is intended to prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds and their droppings.

Visitor restrictions

Outsiders are allowed to visit commercial bird enclosures and locations with at-risk birds. But they must adhere to hygiene protocol and register their visit. At-risk birds are gallinaceaous birds and water birds. The visitor restrictions do not apply to zoos.

Public display of poultry and waterfowl prohibited

Poultry and waterfowl owned by different persons or farms must not be brought together and/or publicly displayed in one place – e.g., at an annual fair, market or exhibition. This measure applies to events held throughout the country.