Travelling abroad (information for people in the Netherlands)

Every journey increases the risk of more infections. People living in the Netherlands should stay in the Netherlands.

  • Do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 May, unless your journey is essential.
  • Essential journeys include travel for family emergencies, or for work that cannot be postponed and that requires your physical presence.
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days after returning to the Netherlands.
  • If you need to return by air or sea to the Netherlands, for example because of a family emergency, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Dutch embassy in the country where you are staying.

There are not many places in the world that have the virus under control. The colour codes of travel advisories can change quickly due to the coronavirus situation in other countries. This means your booking may get cancelled.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling:

  • Contact the local health authorities, stay in your accommodation, avoid contact with others and get tested.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, follow the instructions and advice of the local health authorities. You should also contact your local municipal health service (GGD, in Dutch only) in the Netherlands.
  • Your family members and or travelling companions may also need to go into quarantine.

If you develop any symptoms after returning to the Netherlands, stay at home, avoid contact with others and get tested. To make an appointment to get tested call 0800 1202 or go to coronatest.nl (in Dutch only).

Travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom

  • The Caribbean parts of the Netherlands are classed as domestic, so the same advice applies there as in the Netherlands: stay at home as much as possible. Due to the lockdown in the Netherlands the travel advisory colour code for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom is currently orange. You are urgently advised not to travel there unless your journey is absolutely essential.
  • If you do travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, you must meet the local entry requirements. This includes presenting both a negative PCR test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival and a negative test result for a rapid test conducted shortly before you departure. You must also self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. 
  • See nederlandwereldwijd.nl for the most up-to-date information on Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius (in Dutch only).

Countries with a yellow, orange or red travel advisory

People living in the Netherlands should not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 April. If you need to go abroad for an essential journey, first check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advisories on nederlandwereldwijd.nl (in Dutch only). The travel advisory for the country in question will state whether you must self-quarantine on your return to the Netherlands even if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. Check your insurance cover before you travel.