Travelling abroad

Consider whether you really need to travel abroad. First check the travel advisory for that country (in Dutch only) on Nederlandwereldwijd.nl. The health situation in the country you are visiting may change suddenly. Even if the travel advisory for your destination is yellow (holiday travel possible, pay attention to safety risks) when you depart, it could suddenly change to orange while you are there. So even if the travel advisory is yellow you should bear in mind that you may be urgently advised to self-quarantine at home for 10 days on your return. Even if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Only go to countries with a yellow travel advisory. It is safe to travel to these countries, but stay alert: there are health risks.
  • The government has issued an orange travel advisory for a number of countries and regions in Europe where, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), people face increased health risks. Individual countries may also decide to restrict entry to all or parts of the country.
  • Travelling to countries with an orange or red travel advisory is discouraged because of the risks. Do not book a holiday to these countries. If you do go, you are strongly advised to go into self-quarantine at home for 10 days immediately after returning to the Netherlands. Even if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Check your insurance cover before you leave the Netherlands.
  • Cross-border commuters, people who work in international passenger or goods transport, and Dutch students who are doing part of their course abroad should follow the self-quarantine rules when they return to the Netherlands.

For those travelling to an area with a yellow travel advisory but who must pass through an area with an orange travel advisory to reach their final destination, the following applies:

  • Individuals travelling by plane are advised to avoid transiting through a country for which an orange travel advisory has been issued. If this proves impossible (for instance, if the travel advisory changes shortly before the time of departure and the flight cannot be changed), travellers must follow the basic rules that apply in the Netherlands and any additional rules in place at the airport while they are in transit. Travellers who don’t immediately continue on from the airport in their own vehicle, rented or otherwise, or who stay in the area with an orange travel advisory for any amount of time are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the Netherlands.
  • People travelling by car and who have no option other than to travel through an area for which an orange travel advisory has been issued are advised to avoid contact with others as much as possible. They should not to stop at petrol stations, restaurants or grocery stores, but continue driving until they are out of the orange zone. People who do not immediately travel on or who stay any amount of time in the area are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the Netherlands.
  • Download the Ministry of Foreign Affairs BZ Travel App (in Dutch only) and turn on push notifications. You can also use the app to register with the Dutch embassy in the country you are visiting.
  • Make sure you are well prepared before setting off for your destination. Find out what rules apply during your journey by plane, train, boat or car in the countries you will pass through or stay in. Check, for example, where and when it is mandatory to wear a face mask and what type of face mask is required.
  • Be aware that:
    • All countries have restrictive measures in places. Tourist attractions may be closed or allow limited access only, and you may not be able to visit shops, restaurants, cafés and bars in the way you are used to. Access to public transport may also be limited.
    • The health situation in the country you are visiting may get worse during your stay. If there is a new outbreak, governments may impose stricter measures, such as closing hotels, sealing off entire areas and closing borders. The situation can change very quickly. Keep checking the BZ Travel App and follow all local rules.
    • Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. Even if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Continue to observe the basic rules that apply in the Netherlands, plus any additional measures that apply locally. If the local rules are stricter, follow them.
  • If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while on holiday, get in touch with the local health authorities, stay in your holiday 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.

Travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom

See nederlandwereldwijd.nl for the most up-to-date information on Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius (in Dutch only).