Self-quarantine if you have symptoms

The information on this website will be updated according to the most recent update released 6 August at 7pm.

If you develop symptoms that point to coronavirus, you are urgently advised to self-quarantine and get tested. If you test positive for coronavirus, you and anyone else you live with should stay at home for 14 days.

Self-quarantining when you live alone

If you live alone and develop symptoms that point to coronavirus, such as a runny nose, cough or fever, stay at home until you are fully recovered. You should also get tested for coronavirus. If the test shows that you have coronavirus, you must stay at home for 14 days. You should not go to work, for instance, and you should ask other people to do grocery shopping or walk the dog for you.

Household quarantine

If you live with other people, they must also get tested for coronavirus. Everyone should stay at home until all the results have been received. None of you should go to work or school, for instance, and you should ask other people do grocery shopping or walk the dog for you. If the results come back negative for everyone, all members of the household can go out again.

If one person in the household tests positive, the whole household must quarantine for 14 days, even those who have no have symptoms. Those without symptoms can briefly go out to do grocery shopping. This is called ‘household quarantine’. 

Information for key workers and those living with them

If you or someone you live with is a key worker or works in a critical sector, such as healthcare or education, they can go to work if they have no symptoms. But they should always consult their employer or their company doctor and the municipal health service (GGD) first (information in Dutch).

Self-quarantining after returning from abroad

If you are returning from abroad, you can find out more about the rules that apply on the page about self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands

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