Stay in the Netherlands. Do not travel abroad. Every journey abroad increases the risk of spreading the virus. If you have to go abroad, because of a death in the family for instance, you must quarantine for 10 days immediately after returning to the Netherlands. If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. Consult the Quarantine Check for Travellers for more information.
Testing to shorten the quarantine period
You can arrange to get tested for coronavirus on the 5th day after your arrival in the Netherlands, even if you don’t have any symptoms. If the test shows you do not have coronavirus, you can end your self-quarantine. You can make an appointment to get tested by calling the municipal health service (GGD) on 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you’re calling from a foreign phone). You can also make an appointment online by going to coronatest.nl. You can make an appointment by phone in advance, but you will have to wait until day 5 to make an appointment online.
Why get tested on day 5?
Symptoms don’t usually develop until 5 days after a person is infected. That’s why you should wait until day 5 before you get tested. If you get tested too early, you could have been infected but not have any symptoms yet. Even if your test on day 5 is negative, take extra care and avoid people in higher-risk groups until after day 10. This is because, sometimes, people who are infected don’t develop symptoms until after day 5.
If you develop coronavirus symptoms after returning from abroad
If you develop symptoms shortly after arriving in the Netherlands, make an appointment to get tested as soon as possible. Don’t wait until day 5 to get tested. Even if your test comes back negative, continue self-quarantining because you could still develop COVID-19. You can also get tested again on day 5. If that test result is negative too, you can end self-quarantine but do follow the general coronavirus rules at all times.
Help and support with self-quarantine
The Quarantine Check for Travellers is an online tool that can help you make the right choices for when you return to the Netherlands. It gives you a practical checklist of steps to take before and after your trip abroad. This will make it easier for you to stay in self-quarantine.
The brochure ‘Help and support when self-quarantining’ contains information, tips and contact details of organisations that can help you when you’re self-quarantining.
If there is no one nearby who can help you with shopping or collecting your children from school, for example, you can contact your municipality for support. You can also call the Red Cross national helpline (+31 (0)70 4455 888) to find out if help is available in your neighbourhood.
Going home from the airport or station
Go home using your own means of transport, like your own car or bicycle. If you have no other way of getting home, you can take a taxi, but make sure you follow the rules that apply to stop the spread of coronavirus. You should only take public transport as a last resort.