March 30, 2020 –
Location: The Netherlands
Event: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
The government of the Netherlands has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hair and nail salons, and sporting clubs remain closed until April 6. Most restaurants are allowed to provide delivery and take-away service only. Public gatherings have been banned through the end of May. Any group of more than two people who do not maintain 5 feet of separation, and who are not from the same family, will face fines up to 400 euros. This policy is being enforced in all locations including Schiphol airport. Mayors may close public areas, such as parks and beaches. Visit the Dutch government’s COVID-19 website for more information.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline. The schedule of available flights out of Schiphol Airport remains fluid. These flights may not be daily, please check directly with the airlines for further details. As of today, KLM maintains direct service to New York-JFK, Atlanta – ATL, Chicago- ORD, and Los Angeles – LAX. Delta maintains direct service only to Detroit and Atlanta.
The KLM reservation desk at Schiphol airport has stopped accepting cash for health reasons. U.S. citizens planning to purchase tickets at the airport with cash should contact us for assistance at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov.
U.S. citizens are prohibited from entering the Netherlands with the exception of those in certain categories of travelers. A fact sheet outlining the Netherlands’ enforcement of EU travel restrictions is available at: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands
U.S. citizens are being permitted to transit Schiphol airport, remain airside, and continue onward to the United States. However, passengers will not be permitted to exit the transit area, therefore, they should have a confirmed onward flight to the U.S. prior to commencing travel.
The Dutch government has banned flights from Spain, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, and Iran. U.S. citizens will not be permitted to fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from any of these locations, even if attempting to transit back to the United States.
Effective March 17, 2020 the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov or call +(31) (0) 70 310 2209.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the Netherlands.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Call a general practitioner or the Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at 0800-1351 for guidance if you have flu-like symptoms.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Netherlands Country Information
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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