Travel Advice for Dutch citizens travelling in the United Kingdom
Dutch citizens currently in the United Kingdom for business, study or holiday trips are strongly advised to return to the Netherlands. This is the advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Flights, trains and ferry services are already running less frequently and services will be increasingly scaled back, leaving fewer travel options departing the United Kingdom.
If you are a Dutch citizen permanently residing in the United Kingdom, this advice does not apply to you. All residents of the UK are to follow the advice of the UK government, which is advising against all non-essential travel, both nationally and internationally.
Prepare for your return-trip
We advise that you contact your travel agency, airline, train, bus or ferry operator to verify the availability of your preferred or planned return-trip. When travelling, please respect all hygiene and social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Closely monitor the news and the latest travel information.
Travelling through France and Belgium
Will your journey back to the Netherlands take you through France or Belgium, or an airport in Germany? Please double-check the travel advice and any additional travel regulations for the countries you will be travelling through, such as additional required documentation. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains an overview of current travel advice for countries worldwide.
Remaining in the United Kingdom
If you do choose to remain in the United Kingdom, ensure that you have a safe place to stay. You are to follow the advice and directions of the local authorities and the UK government at all times.
Stay informed of the latest developments
To stay informed of the latest developments concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, register at Informatieservice Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs information services) to receive updates via e-mail and/or SMS. Remember to unsubscribe when you leave the United Kingdom; this will ensure the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom has an accurate register of Dutch citizens travelling outside of the Netherlands.
Assistance when stranded abroad
If, at some stage, it becomes impossible to leave the United Kingdom, Dutch citizens travelling in the United Kingdom should register on bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. This website was launched by the travel sector, insurers, airline companies and the Dutch government in order to coordinate a joint approach for stranded Dutch travellers who are experiencing problems as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.
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- Q&A on repatriation assistance for Dutch people abroad
If you have questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24 hr Contact Centre by phone on +31 247 247 247.