Critical Alert


Netherlands maintaining COVID-19-related international entry restrictions as of Oct. 27; domestic social-distancing mandates in effect.

 

Summary
Officials in the Netherlands are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 27 as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Only travelers from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay, are permitted to enter the Netherlands. Exceptions will be made for individuals with an essential function or need, such as health workers, on-duty security forces personnel, freight workers, and diplomats, though all such travelers are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

As of Oct. 27, arrivals from the following countries must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival:

  • Andorra
  • Aruba
  • Austria: Vienna, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol (excluding East Tyrol), Upper Austria, Vorarlberg
  • Belgium
  • Bonaire
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark: Copenhagen, Arhus, Faaborg-Midtfyn, Greve, Koge, Slagelse, Solrod
  • France
  • Greece: all islands
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania: Siauliai
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Poland
  • Portugal: Lisbon, Porto
  • Romania
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland: the cantons of Geneve, Freiburg, Neuchatel, Schwyz, Vaud, Wallis, Zug
  • The UK
  • Non-EEA countries other than Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, other cantons of Switzerland, Thailand, and Uruguay


Most domestic businesses and services have resumed operations, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals must observe social distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) at all times, where possible. The following domestic measures remain in effect as of Oct. 27:

  • Households may receive up to three guests per day at home.
  • A maximum of four people from different households may gather - indoors and outdoors - outside their homes.
  • Up to 30 people may be in the same indoor area when seating is provided.
  • Anyone over the age of 13 must wear a protective face covering in indoor public areas and on public transport.
  • All food and beverage establishments are limited to takeout services only.
  • Nonessential retail stores must close by 2000.
  • Events other than food markets, trade fairs, conferences, cinemas, theaters, sports matches, civic demonstrations, and related gatherings are suspended.
  • Sporting events where a distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) can be kept are permitted, individually or in a team with no more than four people. Competitions are suspended. Professional athletes and the national football leagues are exempt.


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 react to evolving COVID-19 case rates across Europe, authorities could introduce sporadic, targeted measures in response to local outbreaks. Such measures could apply to certain regions, domestic neighborhoods, or specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks.

 

Advice
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.

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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