Are you traveling ?
1. Planning on traveling soon ? If so, please ensure your follow country requirements, as well as unit guidance. To see the U.S. Army Europe Procedures for Unofficial Travel During COVID-19, click here.
2. If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel. Click here for more information,
3. Official travel by a DoD Civilian assigned to U.S. EUCOM requires an ETP. For Soldiers, the Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command (TSC), and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the USAG Benelux area of responsibility, issued General Order Number 2.
4. On Jan. 22, the Consultative Committee has decided to temporarily impose a ban on non-essential travel to and from Belgium. Read all the information below (FAQ -> measures in Belgium). If you are traveling outside Belgium (see updated information about location defined by Belgian health authorities as high risk at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en), then you are required to fill out THIS FORM and send it to PLFBelgium@health.fgov.be the day of your arrival. This applies to each member of a household 16 years or older. If traveling by air, this form must be printed BEFORE BOARDING the aircraft. For more information, click here.
Need to shop but are on restriction of movement?
The DeCA Shopping Program is established in order to assist community members who hold a US DoD ID card and are unable to shop for themselves due to COVID-19 quarantine/self-isolation.
In order to reduce the risk for everyone and to comply with CDC guidelines, the wear of face coverings is now mandatory on all AAFES, DeCA and Post Offices facilities through the USAG Benelux footprint. Not having a face covering could result in the denial of access to the services.
How to make your own face covering ? Click on the links below.
COVID-19 Guidance and Information
A Letter to the Community - Aug. 12, 2020
Maj. Gen. Mohan Information - General Orders
Message on restriction of movement
In our continued attempt to protect the force andcommunity, and to rapidly communicate changes, we want to provide you with thefollowing update:
All personnel entering the USAG Benelux SRO Area ofResponsibility from the United States are subject to a mandatory 14-dayQuarantine restriction of
movement (ROM). A summary of 14-day ROM standards of conduct follows:
1) During 14-day ROM, all personnel must remain in theirlodging room except for a few exceptions. There should be no congregating incommunal areas at the lodge/hotel. Wearing of masks and social distancingis required for all activity outside rooms and inside the lodge/hotel. Kidsbetween the ages of 2 to 12 are encouraged to wear masks, but not required. For breakfast, please keep minimal traffic in the lodgingcommon area to get breakfast and return back to your room. Theserestrictions apply to similar hotel services on the host nation economy.
Sponsors will be a critical component in the process toprovide life support services.
4) For our fellow "Shapians" at SHAPE, an updatefrom the Base Support Group Commander: masks are mandatory throughout the entire 500Area of SHAPE (Carrefour, RIS, Pizza Bowl, etc), which includes theparking lot....so, masks should be worn prior to exiting vehicle.
Please remain vigilant to protect ourselves, so we canprotect the force, and the force can protect our Host Nations and partners!
James Ross Yastrzemsky
Colonel, U.S. Army
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux
COVID-19 fact sheets and tips
- COVID-19 Home, Work, and Community Wellness and Prevention Standard Operating Procedures
- Face Covering Dos and Don'Ts
- CSM Herzfeld Script and FAQ on travel ban extension (Town Hall 24 April)
- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux COVID-19 UPDATE - Mandatory Use of Face Covering (APRIL 8)
- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux COVID-19 Update (March 26)
- Read here about the travel restrictions for DoD Components
- COVID-19 evolving situation and information
- 10 tips for At-Home Quarantine or self-Monitoring
- COVID-19 Testing
- 470th Military Treatment Facility: COVID-19 Handout
- Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Cards Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
- CID Warns of Increase in COVID-19 Related Fraud, Scams
- Information about Advanced Placement exams: AP Letter -Key Information for AP Students with Nighttime Test Schedules - SHAPE AP Exams
- Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Cards Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
USAG Benelux COVID-19 Policy Letters
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #1, COVID-19 Policy Guidance for the Garrison Community
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #2, Norms and Mandatory Protective Measures for Entering USAG Benelux Bases, Sites, Facilities and Use of Garrison Service
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #3, Child & Youth Services (CYS) mission critical childcare priorities
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #4 (Updated), COVID-19 Critical In-processing Procedures
Information about civilian personnel
- Civilian Personnel Guidance: Questions and Answers related to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
- Novel Coronavirus Q&A for HN employees in Belgium
- Read here the guidance and FAQ on work flexibilities for HN/US personnel
- Claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act due to COVID-19
1. U.S. Army Europe Procedures for Unofficial Travel During COVID-19
Are you planning to travel ? If so, please ensure your follow country requirements, as well as unit guidance. To see the U.S. Army Europe Procedures for Unofficial Travel During COVID-19, click here.
2. General Order Number 2
Official travel by a DoD Civilian assigned to U.S. EUCOM requires an ETP. For Soldiers, the Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command (TSC), and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the USAG Benelux area of responsibility, issued General Order Number 2.
3. Requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States
If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel. On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their ight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021. Click here to see the document.
4. The European Union launched an interactive tool with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays. Click here.
Click also on the links below for more information:
- From Belgium
- From The Netherlands
- Information and alerts: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs
Ban on non-essential foreign travel to and from Belgium (Jan. 27 to March 1)
In an attempt to stop the spread of new strains of coronavirus, the Consultative Committee has decided to temporarily impose a ban on non-essential foreign travel to and from Belgium. For more information, see FAQ -> measures in Belgium.
Public Health Passenger Locator Form
Belgium initiated new procedures requiring people (16 years or older) who travel outside the country (by air, train, bus, or car) for over 48 hours to complete a traveler form (Public Health Passenger Locator Form) following a stay outside the Schengen Area or in a "high-risk" area as defined by Belgian authorities and located inside the European Union (EU). This form will enable public health officers to locate you in case you have been exposed to a serious communicable disease.
Find all the information here.
The Public Health Passenger Locater Form is available here.
6. For Germany and The Netherlands, see below (FAQ).
The best way to prevent illness is to reduce or eliminate exposure to viral biological agents. Tips to protect against infection include:
- Practice good personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing, which is one of the best ways to prevent transmitting infection. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Keep immunizations up-to-date.
- Ensure any environment that might harbor bio-hazards (for example, fans or ventilations systems) is regularly maintained, cleaned, and sterilized.
- Clean and disinfect work surfaces often.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Handle and dispose all bio-hazardous waste materials safely. Always handle blood and any other bodily fluids as if it can be infectious. If injury or bleeding occur, handle every person in a manner that minimizes exposure to blood and body fluids.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the used tissue immediately in the garbage with a lid and wash your hands.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
Should I wear a facemask?
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper strongly encourages military personnel, DoD civilians, their family members, and DoD contractors to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings, or where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Accordingly, the USAG Benelux Garrison commander is putting measures in place to regulate the wear of face coverings through the garrison footprint. Effective April 10, to reduce the risk for the entire community, the wear of face coverings will be mandatory on all AAFES, DeCA and Post Office facilities through the USAG Benelux area of responsibility. We are doing great as a community at protecting ourselves; this will help even more.
What to do in case of Covid 19 suspicion
Q1. What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?
A1. If you have fever and signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) AND meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Travel to an affected region (China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy) in the last 14 days
- Close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Please stay home and contact a healthcare professional for additional medical advice! Contact your healthcare provider via telephone and mention your travel history and your symptoms. Please do not go to your healthcare provider’s waiting room or to the local Hospital Emergency Department unless directed by your healthcare provider or the Nurse Advice Line.
Q2. What will happen if your healthcare provider refers you to the local hospital emergency room for COVID-19 testing?
A2. Several actions will take place
- Your healthcare provider, or patient liaison, or NAL will reach out to the designated hospital and inform them that they have instructed you to present for testing (you have already been screened). This allows the hospital time to receive you with proper protective measures and isolation rooms.
- Your healthcare provider will inform SHAPE Public Health Department that you will be submitted for testing. This measure is valid for the entire USAG Benelux personnel, for all locations.
- If you go to the Hospital Emergency Department without being screened by your healthcare provider, the Hospital will determine the need to screen you. If you do not meet the screening criteria, you may be released from the hospital without being tested for COVID-19. If you call the local Hospital without being screened by your healthcare provider, they will screen you over the phone and determine your need to be tested for COVID-19.
- If you are tested by a local hospital for COVID-19, contact the SHAPE Public Health, your healthcare provider, or patient liaison. You should inform them you are being tested and are waiting results. All are medical personnel can receive your confidential health information. If you are tested for COVID-19, you will likely be requested to remain at home in self isolation precautions.
- All USAG Benelux personnel and family members need to inform SHAPE Public Health if you are tested or on isolation for COVID-19.
- The severity of your symptoms will determine the need for you to be admitted to the hospital. The current Belgian Hospital treating those that need hospital care is St. Pierre in Brussels.
- If necessary, your healthcare team will coordinate with local health authorities to transport you to a hospital equipped to support patients with COVID-19 infection.
- If you are referred to remain in isolation, your healthcare team will monitor you frequently to assess your symptoms, need for further hospital care, and guidance on release from isolation.
Q3. What is the treatment for the coronavirus?
A3. There is no specific antiviral treatment for the coronavirus. People who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Q4. What are the important numbers?
SHAPE Public Health/Preventive Medicine: (+32) 65325336
SHAPE Clinic appointment line: (+32) 065445886 Brussels Clinic appointment line: (+32) 026861515
Geilenkirchen Clinic appointment line: (+49) 02451-99-3200
Ambroise Pare: (+32) 065414444
UZ Leuven: (+32) 016343900
Nurse advice line (NAL) for TRICARE beneficiaries:
- Bahrain: 800-06432
- Belgium: 0800-81933
- Germany: 0800-071-3516
- Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
- Italy: 800-979721
- Spain: 900-82-2740
- Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
- UK: 0800-028-3263
For SHAPE Healthcare Facility beneficiaries, call Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for Brussels Clinics beneficiaries, call your clinic Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.). All others, contact your medical provider. After hours, TRICARE beneficiaries contact the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) which can be found on the TRICARE website (https://www.tricare.mil/ContactUs/CallUs/NAL.). After hours, for non-TRICARE beneficiaries contact your insurance advice line.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency in Europe, dial civilian 112.
Q1. What makes homeschooling successful ?
• Start slow. Start with one subject or lesson at a time, then add another the next day.
• End on a positive note. If you have success with a couple of lessons, then end there. Ending when everyone is happy or
had success builds confidence for the next day.
• If there is frustration, anger or tears, then take a break. It is ok to stop and come back after an hour or two or the next day. It’s best to say, “Ok, let’s go outside for a bit and come back at 1 p.m. and try again.”
• Have patience and show grace to your child. Do not blame yourself or your child.
• Each child learns differently so it is OK if they each approach an assignment differently.
• Khan Academy is a great website to use for resources of all ages.
Q2. Who should I talk to if I have questions about my children’s health?
A2. Parents with questions should contact a school nurse or healthcare provider. If you have concerns about the safety of your child’s school, contact your principal or School Liaison Officer.
Q3. Where can I find information about Coronavirus impact on DoDEA schools?
A3. Monitor the following website for DoDEA information : https://www.dodea.edu/Coronavirus.cfm
Q4. How does the CYS staff prevent the spread of the disease?
- Staff sanitize mouthed toys, food surface areas, and activity tables after each use. Toys used by children three (3) years and older are cleaned and sanitized weekly.
- CYS staff disinfect diaper-changing tables after each use.
- Individual cots and mats are disinfected at a minimum of weekly. Mats/cots and bedding (sheets and blankets) are cleaned and sanitized weekly or immediately when soiled, or after use by child when a cot/mat is shared.
- Cribs sheets are laundered daily, after soiling, and after use by child when a crib is shared. Each child’s bedding is stored separately from other children’s bedding.
- CYS has implemented additional measures to prevent the spread of disease by employing a weekly regime of disinfecting all facilities and equipment.
Note: click on the links for information about Advanced Placement exams: AP Letter -Key Information for AP Students with Nighttime Test Schedules - SHAPE AP Exams
Q1: What precautions is Army taking?
A: The Army is taking a proactive approach to curtailing the coronavirus update, including certain closures for on base installations and limiting congregation for employees and their families. These precautionary measures are location specific and employees are encouraged to monitor email activity and check the Army website specific to their post for any announcements.
Q2: What do employees do if their command has closed their facility?
A: Employees should contact their supervisors as they may be required to telework or report to an alternate duty location. Telework eligible employees will be required to telework during closures in accordance with their telework agreement. If no work is available the employee may be granted Administrative Leave until the facility reopens
Q3: What is the status of an employee who is unable to report to workplace due to being isolated or quarantined?
A: Under the direction of competent health authorities in Belgium, Host Nation employees, who are healthy and are not displaying any symptoms, but who may have been exposed to COVID-19, can be put into quarantine. This means that they will be medically isolated and their movements and contacts to others will be restricted. Employees who are subject to quarantine measures and who have already signed a telework agreement may continue to perform their duties from the place of their medical isolation, provided the required technical and data protection conditions are fulfilled. Those employees who have not signed any telework agreement will be placed on administrative leave until their attending physician confirms that there is no risk for contamination.
For US employees, employees may be excused from work without charge to leave or loss of pay when put under isolation or quarantine by a health authority. This excused period will last for the duration of the seclusion. Where an employee is telework eligible and not ill they are required to telework during their isolation barring exigent circumstances.
Q4: What can employees do if a family member contracts COVID-19?
A5: A host nation employee can take up to 10 days of unpaid leave for emergency reasons or annual leave. If at a later stage, the Belgian social security system officially recognizes COVID-19 as eligible disease for preventive leave, then such leave can be granted.
For U.S. employee, in addition to regular annual, sick, and advanced sick leave; employees may also invoke their right to unpaid Family Medical Leave to a maximum of 12 work weeks. An employee may substitute accrued annual and/or sick leave for unpaid leave under this provision
Q5: Can a manager mandate that an employee be sent home/tested if they show symptoms of infection?
A: Employees are encouraged to exercise caution and report to their physician as soon as they suspect they may be infected. Managers may send employees home and ask them to contact their family doctor. If the employees refuse to see their family doctor, management will request an appointment with the labor physician, who will determine further steps to be taken.
Q6: What else can managers and employees do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: Managers and employees are encouraged to practice “social distancing” by limiting the amount of direct contacts with each other and the public at large. Canceling or postponing social gatherings, conducting meetings electronically instead of in person, planning for liberal work leave policies, and encouraging good personal hygiene can all help to limit the amount of physical contact and the spread of COVID-19.
Q7. Is there any travel restrictions?
- Travel to China: All non-essential travel to mainland China is unauthorized. Anyone who recently returned from China should report travel through their command, visit their medical provider and have their health tracked for 14 days.
- Travel to Italy: All non-essential travel by IMCOM-E personnel to Italian administrative region of Lombardy and surrounding towns of Castiglione d'Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano is unauthorized. Essential travel must be approved by the first general officer/flag officer in operational chain of command. Personnel must check with their chain of command for travel limitations and guidance.
Q8. Is there any limitation to the USAG Benelux installations ?
To that end and pursuant to the 21st TSC Commander's General Order #1, we implemented some changes to limit our travel to only what is absolutely necessary.
As of 27 March 2020, DES began implementing limited access to the USAG Benelux installations from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This didn't impact your ability to access the Commissary and other essential services. During this timeframe, DES will be enforcing those measures on post for people conducting "unnecessary travel" or curfew violations. Please also note that the USAG Benelux will continue to screen people
entering post, and has a system in place to ensure that those not deemed medically fit for entry are precluded from entering. We are in this fight together, and together we will win.
Q9. Is physical presence reduced at Geilenkirchen AB ?
Yes. The National Support Unit at Geilenkirchen AB is refining operations to meet the Secretary of Defense Health Protection Condition Levels intent. Physical presence on base will be reduced to the max extent possible with a handful of exceptions but we are still open for business through distance means. At this time, only the 470th ABS Military Treatment Facility, Post Office and Command section will be manned. All other sections can be reached via the POC info located under the NSU Operations and Services link on our main COVID-19 ops webpage also at https://www.spangdahlem.af.mil/Units/470th-Air-Base-Squadron/.
Isolation: the separation of people known to be infectedwith COVID-19 (confirmed case)
Quarantine: the separation of people possibly exposed butnot yet showing symptoms.
Person Under Investigation : a person in quarantine whodevelops symptoms, which will lead to him/her being tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 lab testing positive: a person who was quarantinedand who became a confirmed case and moved to isolation.
UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2021: Measures in Belgium
1. Latest news: In an attempt to stop the spread of new strains of coronavirus, the Consultative Committee has decided to temporarily impose a ban on non-essential foreign travel to and from Belgium.
A. Restriction of international travel
A. 1. Non-essential travel
Non-essential trips in and out of Belgium are prohibited from Wednesday Jan. 27 to Monday March 1, 2021. The travel ban will be monitored for road, air, sea and rail traffic. Anyone travelling to or from Belgium will be required to carry a sworn statement. A form will be made available by the Minister of the Interior. The sworn statement must be linked to the Passenger Locator Form and supported by the necessary documents.
Only essential travel is allowed during this period, i.e. travel for:
- Compelling family reasons: family reunification; visits to a spouse or partner who does not live under the same roof, insofar as the stable and long-term character of the relationship can be proven; journeys in the context of co-parenting, civil and religious marriages, funerals or cremations (of relatives or next of kin).
- Humanitarian reasons: travel for medical reasons and continuation of medical treatment; assistance or care to an elderly person, minor, disabled or vulnerable person; visiting relatives receiving palliative care.
- Study purposes: journeys by pupils, students and trainees as part of a student exchange program; researchers with a hosting agreement.
- Residents of border areas: journeys as part of everyday activities that are also allowed in Belgium.
- Professional reasons when performing work-related activities.
- Miscellaneous: animal care, travel in the context of legal obligations (insofar as these cannot be done online), urgent repairs in the context of vehicle safety and a house move are also considered essential.
A. 2. People travelling from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America
As of Monday 25 January, all people travelling to Belgium from the United Kingdom, South Africa or South America must quarantine for 10 days with a PCR test on day 1 and day 7.
A. 3. Additional test upon arrival
In addition to the mandatory negative test result prior to departure, the Consultative Committee would like every non-resident travelling to Belgium to be tested again upon arrival. This can be done with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. The Consultative Committee has requested that the Interministerial Conference on Public Health, the Testing Task Force and the COVID-19 Commissariat make this mandatory.
B. Extended isolation period
People who test positive for COVID-19 will now have to isolate themselves for ten days. After a high-risk contact or upon arrival in Belgium, the duration of quarantine remains ten days. This period may be reduced to a minimum of seven days on condition of a negative test result, where the test was taken, at the earliest, seven days after exposure.
C. Prospect for non-medical contact professions
At this stage of the epidemic, a reopening of non-medical close-contact professions is not yet appropriate. This may become possible from 13 February at the earliest, provided that the epidemiological situation evolves favorably. The Consultative Committee will review this situation on 5 February. The opening of non-medical close-contact professions will only be possible if the existing protocols are strictly adhered to, supplemented by a series of additional measures such as the obligation to make an appointment, compulsory registration, customers waiting outside and windows and doors that must be open at all times.
2. Keep in mind (Measures for Belgium, all regions):
- The curfew measures already in force remain the same: from midnight to 5:00 AM in Flanders, and from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region.
- Receiving visitors at home is no longer allowed, with the exception of one ‘cuddle contact’. People who live alone are allowed to have two cuddle contacts, but not at the same time.
- Outdoors, gatherings (walk, sport) can still take place with a maximum of four people, while respecting the social distance and wearing face masks.
- No shopping for pleasure. Cities and municipalities are asked to continue and, if necessary, intensify their efforts against unauthorized gatherings, shopping for pleasure and cross-border shopping. Shopping must be done individually and may only last up to 30 minutes.
- Restaurants and bars remain closed. The hotels themselves can remain open, but any food can only be served in the room.
- At funerals, a maximum of 15 people are allowed. Gatherings afterwards are no longer possible.
- Holiday parks are closed, but swimming pools are open.
- Theaters and cinemas are closed, but museums are open.
3. Additional measures in Wallonia:
- The curfew is from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Exceptions are made for travel to or from work, setting off on or returning from a trip abroad, force majeure or seeking medical treatment.
- The government of the Francophone Language Community announced that all sporting competitions and training sessions for amateur sportsmen and women over the age of 12 are banned until further notice.
- Lectures and seminars at French-medium universities and colleges of higher education will be conducted solely through the medium of distance learning.
4. Additional measures in Brussels:
- The Brussels region has reintroduced the requirement to wear a mask in all public places and extended the curfew from 22.00 to 6.00 every day..
- All shops in the Brussels region must close by 20.00 - except takeways which can stay open until 22.00. The requirement to go shopping alone has been reintroduced, unless accompanying a child or a vulnerable person in need of assistance.
- Residents must stay at home between 22.00 and 6.00, unless travelling to/from work or for an urgent medical reason.
- All amateur sports fixtures in the Brussels region, including for children, are cancelled. Training sessions are still allowed for children under 12. School excursions are banned, as are holiday activity camps for over-12s.
- Wedding ceremonies are limited to the couple and their witnesses. Funerals are limited to 15 people.
5. Additional measures in Flanders:
- The ban on gatherings with more than 4 people remains in force, as will the curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.
- For children under 12, there will be no additional restrictions for sports activities. For everyone aged 12 and over, sports will only be allowed outdoors with a group of maximum four. Professional sports are still allowed, but without public.
- Higher education will switch to distance learning, except for first years, who can still go to class in a limited capacity.
- For residential care centers, people are allowed to have one close contact (‘cuddle contact’), and one other contact. These can be different people every 2 weeks. Informal caregivers can stay in a residential care centre overnight.
- All youth activities for young people over 12 years old will be banned. Youth and sports camps for children under 12 are still allowed, but without overnight stays. Outdoor playgrounds remain open.
6. Need more information ? Click here and read the latest news.
UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2020: Measures in the Netherlands
1. Latest news: The Dutch Parliament has approved the proposal of a curfew, aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID and its more contagious British variant. The curfew will be from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and it will go in effect starting Saturday Jan. 23 through Wednesday Feb. 10, 4:30 a.m.
There are several exemptions to the curfew, and in some cases, you will need to provide a statement. There are two templates available in multiple languages: 1) an employer statement, to be filled out by the employer and 2) an individual statement, which you can fill out yourself. You are not supposed to use your own template. You can show the statement on paper or digitally, on your phone. Please note: if you go outside without a valid reason, you risk a 95 euro fine.
Valid reasons to be outside during the curfew Statement required ?
- Vital jobs (example: delivery people, care workers, journalists): Individual statement and employer statement needed
- Participation in a funeral Individual: statement needed
- Traveling to the Netherlands Individual: statement needed
- Returning from international trip: no statement needed
- Responding to a calamity or medical emergency: no statement needed
- Walking your dog (alone): no statement needed
*Important remark: Thosewho need be outside for work during the curfew need to carry both anemployer statement and an individual statement.
2. Summary of other measures:
- Advice: receive maximum 1 guest at home (per day); measure takes effect immediately.
- Maximum 50 people at funerals and cremations; measure takes effect on Mon 25 January.
- Flight ban for flights from South America, United Kingdom and South Africa; measure takes effect Saturday 23 January and applies until mandatory quarantine for travelers is arranged. An exception applies to people returning from the Netherlands and other EU countries, as well as cargo flights and medical travel.
- In addition, all travelers from high-risk areas who come to the Netherlands by plane or ship must also be able to show a negative rapid test taken just before departure to the Netherlands. This test is no more than 4 hours old at the time of boarding. This is in addition to the already compulsory negative PCR test that must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
3. Keep in mind:
- Non-essential shops will close, essential stores like supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.
- Services by close-contact professionals, like hairdressers and beauty specialists will stop (paramedical professionals like physiotherapists and dentists can continue).
- Locations with moving crowds, like museums, zoos, theaters and amusement parks will close.
- Gyms, swimming pools, and saunas will close .
- Public transport is for essential travel only.
- Primary and high schools will close, as will universities; all education will be virtual – except for children of parents with essentials jobs.
- Day care centers will close, except for children of parents with essentials jobs.
The following is still open:
- Hotels remain open, but may not serve food, not even room service.
- Places of worship will remain open.
- Takeaway remains possible.
- A maximum of 50 people at funerals remains possible.
- (Only) elite sports matches remain possible, albeit without an audience.
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol remains open to passengers, though the advice is essential travel only until at least mid-March.
- Libraries may remain open for bringing and picking up books.
- Working out is allowed, but only outside, and with no more than two people in a group (except for children under the age of 18).
4. Travel: As of Dec. 29, all passengers age 13 and older, including Dutch nationals, must demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result in order to board an aircraft bound for the Netherlands. This requirement has already been in effect for non-EU residents who are exempt from the EU travel ban. In addition to the negative test result, those passengers travelling to the Netherlands by air from outside the EU / Schengen area must also demonstrate a completed and signed negative test declaration, which is available at www.government.nl. Both documents must be provided in hard copy. Requirements for the COVID-19 test are as follows:
- The test must have been a standard COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, not a rapid test.
- The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival of the aircraft in the Netherlands, taking the time difference into account.
- The test result must be negative.
- The test result must be written in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish.
The test result must include the following information:
- the passenger's forename and surname as stated in their passport,
- the date and time the test was conducted, and
- the details of the institute / laboratory that performed the test.
Travelers with diplomatic passports are exempt.
5. For further information and guidance, visit the Dutch government’s web page on COVID-19 here
UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2021: Measures in Germany
1. Latest news: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Those entering Germany from risk areas must complete a digital entry registration form, be tested for coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the Land in question, self-isolate. More information here.
2. Keep in mind:
- Hotspot travel ban: Under new regulations, residents of areas deemed coronavirus hotspots will be restricted from traveling more than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) without a valid reason. Day trips are specifically ruled out.
- Private meeting limit: Additionally, contact at private meetings will be restricted to just one other person not living in the same household.
- Double testing: People arriving in Germany from high risk areas will be required to submit two negative test results. A minimum five day quarantine period will be mandated, even if the first test is negative.
- Extra leave for parents: Parents will receive an extra 10 days leave to look after children, while single parents will receive an extra 20 days.
- All nonessential shops and services remain closed.
- Day care centers are closed, but parents can take paid holidays in order to look after their children.
- Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home.
- People are not allowed to drink alcohol in public.
- Religious events in churches, synagogues and mosques may take place if they follow hygiene rules, but communal singing is not allowed.