Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: The Netherlands updates coronavirus disease-related international entry restrictions as of Sept. 16.

Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 07:01 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

As of Sept. 16, the Netherlands continues to maintain restrictions on international travelers from some regions as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Although authorities previously removed entry restrictions for travelers from European Economic Area countries, officials have reimposed specific travel advisories for certain areas in this bloc.

Travelers from the following locations are required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival:


  • Andorra


  • Aruba


  • Belgium - the city of Antwerp and the Brussels-Capital Region


  • Bulgaria


  • Croatia


  • Czech Republic - the city of Prague


  • Denmark - the cities of Copenhagen and Odense


  • France - Paris, the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Val-d’Oise, Yvelines, Sarthe, Rhône, Gironde, Haute-Garonne, Gard, Var, Vaucluse, Hérault, Alpes-Maritimes and Loiret, Côte-d’Or, Seine-Maritime, Nord, Corse-du-Sud, Haute Corse, l'Ain, Ille-et-Vilaine, Isère, Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Pas de Calais, Puy de Dôme, Pyrénées Atlantiques, Pyrénées Orientales, and Tarn-et-Garonne


  • Greece - all of the Greek Islands, excluding the Peloponnesos peninsula and the Greek mainland


  • Hungary - the city of Budapest


  • Malta


  • Monaco


  • Portugal - the Metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Leziria


  • Romania


  • Sint Maarten


  • Spain - the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera and the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Graciosa among others.


  • Switzerland - The Cantons of Geneve, Freiburg, and Vaud


Residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, Uruguay, and China are exempt from the self-quarantine rules. Residents of all other countries remain barred from entry, though exceptions are made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, on-duty security forces personnel, freight workers, and diplomats; all such travelers are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

Most domestic businesses and services have resumed operations, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Protective face coverings are mandatory on public transport nationwide, as well as in certain crowded pedestrian areas of central Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Individuals must observe social distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) at all times, where possible; authorities continue to advise those who can to work from home to facilitate this.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities will likely introduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to certain countries, domestic neighborhoods, or specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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