When you don’t have to self-quarantine (stay at home)

The travel advisory for the region you are coming from tells you whether you should spend 10 days in self-quarantine on your arrival in the Netherlands, due to coronavirus. Travellers are not required to self-quarantine if they have not stopped off or spent time in a country or region to which self-quarantine advice applies. However, if you are required to self-quarantine, from 14 September you are allowed to go out and travel for certain purposes, such as your work or a funeral, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

When travellers are not required to self-quarantine

When travellers are not required to self-quarantine Some travellers are not required to self-quarantine when they arrive in the Netherlands. For example:

  •  if you have been travelling by car and you do not leave the car in a country or region to which self-quarantine advice applies. This is explained in the travel advisory. It means that you have not stopped even for fuel.
  • if you change planes without leaving the airport.

Temporarily leaving self-quarantine: purposes

From 14 September, you are allowed to temporarily leave self-quarantine for several purposes. This means that you may go out and travel for those purposes if absolutely necessary. For example, you may cross the Dutch border for your work or for top-level sport, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus disease. Except for these specific purposes, you must still comply with the rules for self-quarantine. For example, you must not take public transport and you must avoid social contacts.

Purposes of travel

You may temporarily leave self-quarantine to travel for the following purposes.

Temporarily leaving self-quarantine: purposes
Purpose of travel  Explanatory notes
Official trips by members of a government and/or public servants Necessary outgoing and incoming official trips by members of a government and/or public servants
Participating in top-level sport Participation in top-level sport by athletes who are active at the highest international level
Necessary trips that make a demonstrable contribution to Dutch economic and societal interests People who travel to the Netherlands so that they can start or continue activities or investments in our country, whose trip makes a demonstrable contribution to Dutch economic and societal interests
Necessary journalism Journalists with a press card from the International Federation of Journalists who have to be personally, physically present in order to report current news
International study Students who are enrolled at a Dutch educational institution and whose permanent residence (where they are registered) is outside the Netherlands, and students who are enrolled at an educational institution outside the Netherlands and whose permanent residence (where they are registered) is in the Netherlands
Necessary research Researchers in the field of healthcare, for example doing COVID-19 research or international cancer research. This also includes researchers who have to travel for their research, and whose research will suffer disproportionately from being interrupted if they cannot make a trip. It could for example include the use of large-scale research infrastructure, and the work of researchers employed by Dutch knowledge institutions who are involved in international partnerships like the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Participation in professional cultural activities Activities of cultural and creative organisations that receive a multiyear grant from Dutch central government, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Cultural Participation Fund, the Performing Arts Fund, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Mondriaan Fund or the Creative Industries Fund NL for the period 2017-2020 or 2021-2024, to which professionals from other countries – such as guest conductors or guest choreographers – make a necessary contribution at the organisation’s invitation. These professionals’ personal physical presence and participation must be decisive for the organisation’s overall ability to conduct its activities
Cross-border work Cross-border workers who have to cross a border for their work in a risk area
Necessary goods transport Transport workers if they are travelling for work. This applies to all forms of transport: air, road, water and rail
Necessary work in the energy sector Work on oil and gas platforms and at wind farms, and for offshore companies that provide services to this sector
Necessary work in passenger transport This includes employees in all forms of transport, such as pilots, train drivers, bus drivers and seafarers, who need to travel for their work to countries that have orange or red travel advisories for health reasons
Transit to another country  Transit passengers travelling to a third country via the Netherlands or another Schengen country without passing through border control
Necessary work in maritime shipping  Work in maritime shipping for which a seafarer’s record book is required. This exception does not apply to seafarers on commercial yachts and pleasure crafts
Necessary work as a diplomat Diplomats travelling in the performance of their duties
Necessary work as military personnel Work related to preparedness and the actual deployment of personnel working for the Defence organisation or of experts whose work is necessary to the functioning of the armed forces
Necessary work for designated international and/or humanitarian organisations Work for designated international organisations
Family visits in exceptional circumstances For example, visiting a terminally ill family member or attending a funeral. Family member is understood here to mean a first- or second-degree family member. Partners and children are first-degree family members, and grandchildren are second-degree