Travelling to Belgium and Germany: what is allowed and what is not?
(update 20 October)
Coronavirus is proving difficult to control. Travel to our neighbouring countries of Belgium and Germany has been restricted again. What does this mean for you if you travel from South Limburg to Belgium or Germany, for example for shopping or to get petrol? The Security Region Zuid-Limburg has created an overview of the guidelines.
Travel to Germany
If you stay in Germany for less than 24 hours and you follow the rules, no further action is required from you. If you stay in Germany for more than 24 hours, you must report to the Gesundheitsamt (health department) or Kreis (rural district) of the place of your stay. In North Rhine-Westphalia, which shares a border with Dutch Limburg, border residents and other visitors from the Netherlands are allowed to briefly visit to get petrol or to go shopping, for example. (information on the Dutch government's website, only available in Dutch or German)
Travel to Belgium
You can only travel from South Limburg to Belgium if you work, study, must attend a funeral, require medical care, or provide informal care in Belgium. Only travel to Belgium when strictly necessary. After a stay in Belgium, you must self-isolate for 10 days when you return to the Netherlands (information on the Dutch government's website, only available in Dutch).
More information on working, providing care, and visiting family
The South Limburg Security Region website lists answers to frequently asked questions about visiting family, working, providing care, and performing everyday activities in our neighbouring countries.
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