Your travel and self-quarantine overview
The travel and self-quarantine rules always apply, but there are exemptions.
Overview of your trip:
Your destination: South-Africa
South-Africa is currently a very high corona risk area.
All details about travelling to South-Africa during corona can be found in the detailed travel advice (information in Dutch).
Currently, you must arrange the following before your arrival (back) in the Netherlands (if you are 12 years or older):
Entry ban for non-European residents
You may only enter the Netherlands if you're fully vaccinated or if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the other exemption categories. For example, if you have the Dutch nationality.
Negative test result
You can only travel to the Netherlands if you have a negative test result (a NAAT(PCR) test max 48h before departure, or a rapid antigen test max 24h before departure). Where can I get a test result?
Check whether you have to quarantine mandatory
Are you not one of the exceptions? Then you must be quarantined after arrival in the Netherlands. Follow the schedule below:
Self-quarantine immediately to prevent the possible spread of the virus.
This means do not go outside, do not go to the store and do not go to work.
Get tested today for corona.
If the test comes back negative, you no longer have to self‑quarantine. But continue to avoid contact with anyone who may be vulnerable for a full 10 days after you return to the Netherlands.
If the test comes back positive, you have coronavirus. The GGD will provide you with additional information and you need to self‑isolate (information in Dutch)
If you did not get tested on or after day 5 and you have no symptoms, this is your last day of your self‑quarantine.
If you have COVID‑19 symptoms, stay home and get tested again.
Did you know you can't do your grocery shopping yourself, receive visitors and you need to work from home?
Frequently asked questions
Get tested at an official testing centre (such as a laboratory, doctor or health service) at your destination. Make sure the test meets the Dutch requirements.
Stay in your accommodation and avoid contact with others. You should also contact your local municipal health service (GGD) in the Netherlands and follow the measures and advice of the health authorities at your destination. The other members of your household and/or your travelling companions may also need to go into quarantine. If you no longer have any symptoms and you test negative for coronavirus you may return to the Netherlands.
Travelling abroad remains a risk. When you become infected abroad, you can infect others at home. This can also be another variant of the coronavirus. That is why it is mandatory to self-quarantine if you are returning to the Netherlands from a destination with a very high corona risk. After becoming infected with coronavirus it can take 10 days for symptoms to show. So it’s important to stay at home for 10 days. There are also people who have coronavirus without showing any symptoms at all. They could infect others if they don’t stay at home.
When you travel to a destination with a very high corona risk, you fill in the quarantine declaration before you travel back to the Netherlands. Even if you are covered by the exceptions, you fill in the quarantine declaration.