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Currently, there are no concrete rules in the Netherlands regarding limiting the spread of COVID-19. However, some thighs are still advised like washing your hands often or sneezing and coughing in your elbow. You can find more information on that here. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) also regularly publishes updates about COVID-19 in the Netherlands. And if you want to know more about COVID-19 in general in the Netherlands, you can visit this government website.

I have COVID-19 symptoms

If you have coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19 it is advised to do a self-test at home. On this website, you can find more information about self-testing at home. When your test is positive you can use the Quarantine check for more information on what should happen now. In some cases, like needing proof of recovery, belonging to a vulnerable group etc. there is the possibility to get tested for free at the Dutch Municipal Health Service (GGD). Here you find more information on when it is possible to get tested at the GGD and then you can make an appointment either online or call via this number +31 800 1202.


Vaccination is an important part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not vaccinated, you are able to make a vaccination appointment via the Dutch Government website. There is also the possibility to get vaccinated without an appointment. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

If your first vaccine shot is not authorized by the EU and you wish to receive your second shot in the Netherlands, then please contact the Municipality Health Service (GGD). You can do so through the website and also call +31 50 367 4000.

Traveling to the Netherlands

If you travel to the Netherlands from a country within the EU/Schengen area or a country that participates in the EU travel rules scheme, then there are no COVID-19-related travel restrictions. More information on these countries can be found here. Furthermore, you can check out in English to see what rules apply when traveling to the Netherlands from a certain country.

CoronaCheck App

You can download the CoronaCheck App to create a Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) when you are vaccinated or tested. It is possible to create a Dutch as well as an international Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). If you have been vaccinated outside of the EU you need to make an appointment with the Dutch Municipal Health Service (GGD) to register your vaccination. First, you need to call the GGD via this number +31 88 767 4080 to speak to an employee, which will explain what you need to do and schedule an appointment. If you have any other questions about how to get proof of your vaccination, when you were vaccinated outside of the EU you can check the FAQs.

This page was last updated on August 19th, 2022.