Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
The purpose of the document is to collect all frequently asked questions related to Corona Virus. For already existing FAQ from websites like WHO ,RIVM, CDC pls follow the below links
FAQ for Indian Community
June 25th 2020 :From 1 July: staying 1.5 metres apart remains the norm
It is now vital that we remain alert and vigilant. Anyone who has symptoms should get tested and stay at home. That is the only way to keep the freedom we have all worked hard to regain
For the detailed rules from 1 July read in the official site of NL . The rules are based on what the dutch government know about how the virus spreads.
May 12 2020 :The municipality of Amstelveen calls on private landlords to be cautious about rent increases
Municipality of Amstelveen has called on private landlords to be lenient during the corona crisis. Corporations such as Eigen Haard, DUWO and Woonzorg Nederland are already ‘reluctant to increase rent and do not expel tenants’, according to the municipality of Amstelveen.
May 6th 2020 : CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS TO EASE THROUGH SPRING AND SUMMER; TESTING WIDELY AVAILABLE
The Dutch government announced plans to begin reopening the Netherlands, starting on May 11 with the opening of some close contact professions, and the gradual easing of restrictions will follow throughout the summer. If all goes well, by September 1 the government hopes to begin allowing events with large audiences, including festivals, concerts, and professional football matches, but that will be decided at a later date.
April 25th : Indian Central Government says Bodies of Indians Who Die of Covid-19 Abroad Can Be Brought Back as Per Strict Guidelines
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday said the bodies of Indian nationals and OCI cardholders who died of COVID-19 abroad can be brought back, but with strict adherence to relevant guidelines, for more details pls follow the link
April 21 2020 : No festivals or concerts all summer, primary schools open again from 11 May
- Most existing corona measures will be extended until May 20 . For example, hairdressers and physiotherapists are not yet working, the catering industry remains closed and nursing homes remain off-limits to visitors. Until September 1, all events have been canceled; professional football has also been canceled .
- Primary schools may open again from 11 May , most children will go to school halfway through the course of time. Secondary education may start again on 1 June.
- For the first time in the corona crisis, the number of occupied IC beds has fallen sharply ; there are 71 fewer than yesterday, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution.
- You can find the most recent corona statistics in this article . View this map , the number of reported infections worldwide and on the card the number of patients per municipality in the hospital. Read the answers to questions about the virus in this collection .
April 21 2020 : This year we are celebrating King’s Day at home for the first time since World War II. Letter from Mayor of Amstelveen on Kings day celebrations, Remembrance Day, Liberation Day.
April 19th 2020: NON-EU RESIDENTS CAN TAKE SELF-EMPLOYED BENEFIT WITHOUT HURTING LEGAL STATUS, GOV’T CONFIRMS
Non-EU citizens living in the Netherlands as residence permit holders are entitled to claim a special financial support benefit set up for self-employed people in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the State Secretary of the Justice and Security Ministry confirmed on Friday. Eligibility criteria around Tozo, a type of financial assistance for entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and other business owners has caused confusion ever since late March, after the government announced its plan to support the business community by injecting between 10 and 20 billion euros into the economy
April 6, 2020 :GERMANY DECLARES NL AN “INTERNATIONAL RISK AREA” FOR COVID-19; BORDERS COULD CLOSE
April 2 2020 : Amstelveen Mayor Tjapko Poppens shared to all citizens in English ,an overview of the most important measures with links to relevant websites which provide up to date information in English on COVID-19.
March 31st :CORONAVIRUS: SCHOOLS, ALL SHUT BUSINESSES TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 28
The schools remain closed until the May holidays. Pupils return to school at the earliest after 3 May.
March 23 :The Dutch ban gatherings until June 1, give mayors more powers, bring in fines
March 20 :Coronavirus and the housing market: questions and answers
Will coronavirus lead to a surge in mortgage interest rates and is now the right time to buy a home? Henk Jansen, founder of Expat Mortgages, answers questions about the likely impact of COVID-19 on the housing market.
Albert Heijn supermarkets will open from 7-8am each weekday for Elders
March 20 : From Monday ,March 23rd onwards, in order to allow people who are over 70 years of age to do their groceries in safety. The grocery store will not be open to other people during these hours, NOS reports. Other supermarkets have been recommended to do the same by the Minister of Economic Affairs.
India Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Covid-19 Global Contacts
March 19th : Ministry of External Affairs has already established a functional helpline for coordination on COVID-19, which has been functioning 24×7 at South Block. Pls follow the link for the contact details for your country
March 19 2020 : Message by H E Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India to the Netherlands in view of COVID 19 situation
March 19 : From Thursday ,19 March 2020 at 6 pm, the access conditions for people who want to travel to the Netherlands will become stricter
It is a curtailment for all unnecessary travel of persons from third countries to Europe (all EU Member States, all members of Schengen and the UK) with the aim of preventing the spread of the COVID19 virus. This means that persons who do not fall under the following exceptional position will not enter the Netherlands. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ministerie-van-justitie-en-veiligheid/nieuws/2020/03/18/vanaf-donderdag-19-maart-2020-18.00-uur-verscherpen-de-toegangsvoorwaarden-voor-personen-die-naar-nederland-willen-reizen?fbclid=IwAR2PfleNkW9mqAHU8LRDISDN3MWiBL-vR_vp8XOuvTxN-o9jcY9TFxG5qus
Visa holders currently in the Schengen Area,
March 18th 2020 : Great relief for the parents/visitors who are stuck in EU . The European Commission has explained that Schengen visa holders currently in the Schengen Area, can extend their visas, as the EU visa rules provide them with the right of stay extension due to force majeure
Coronavirus and your rights at work – questions and answers
March 17th : The recent ‘lockdown’ in the Netherlands has many people worried about the effect on their employment. GMW lawyers has the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and what it means for your rights as an employee under Dutch law.
March 17 2020:DO NOT TRAVEL ANYWHERE EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES: DUTCH GOVERNMENT
The Dutch government issued a far-reaching cautionary statement on Tuesday telling the country’s residents to avoid traveling outside the Netherlands at all costs. The warning, released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was because of the rapid speed with which new restrictions were being introduced by the national government and governments abroad.
“Holiday trips abroad are not recommended,” the Ministry continued. “If you have travel plans, consider whether this trip is really necessary. Postpone or cancel the trip whenever possible.”
Those who were already abroad when the government updated its travel advice were told to work with their travel provider to return at the earliest date possible. Anyone not able to depart for the Netherlands should work with their travel provider to secure shelter.
“Many countries are taking drastic measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus,” the Ministry said. “These measures have far-reaching consequences for travelers.”
The prevailing global advice is for “all Dutch people to stop traveling abroad unless strictly necessary. This is not because of health aspects, but because of the impact that government measures can have on Dutch travelers.”
The only exceptions to the advice are for emergencies, and some provisions for the freight and logistics, and the transportation sectors.
The decision on Tuesday was made after the European Union nations issued a severe restriction on anyone wishing to travel to the Schengen Area, which includes the Netherlands. This past weekend saw nations quickly and suddenly enforce constraints on their borders, ports, and landing strips to prevent a widening spread of coronavirus infection; in one day alone the Dutch government released updated travel advisories for over a dozen nations and overseas territories.
March 16 : TV speech by Prime Minister Mark Rutte
In the country’s first national address by a prime minister in over 40 years, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte laid out three possible scenarios that affect how the coronavirus pandemic will impact the Netherlands. The preference, he said, is to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible, and that the country must take action as a united front to prevent two more dangerous scenarios from occurring.
One of the two is a situation where the virus spins out of control, which he said was very dangerous especially for people in vulnerable health. “We must present that at all cost,” he said. The last scenario would see the company on a complete and total lockdown for as much as a year.
Below is the full translated transcript
The corona virus is gripping our country.
Us and the rest of the world.
Together we are faced with a task of enormous size.
Many people will recognize the feeling that we have been on a rollercoaster in recent weeks that seems to be getting faster and faster.
You wonder: is this really happening?
Because the measures taken here and elsewhere are unprecedented for peacetime countries.
At the beginning of this speech, I would like to express my condolences to the families of the people who have since died of the virus.
I wish everyone who is in the hospital or who is recovering at home, I wish them a lot of improvement and strength.
And I want to address the elderly and those with poor health.
I realize that you are very concerned.
And that is why I want to tell you that it is our absolute priority to minimize the risks for you.
With all the news from home and abroad, with all events that follow each other at breakneck speed, it makes perfect sense that there are very broad concerns in society.
We all have questions.
What can I do to protect myself and those around me?
What about school and work?
Can a children’s party continue? A family weekend? A wedding?
How long will this all take?
And why does one country take different measures than another?
In today’s world, news and information are faster than light and an opinion is also given quickly.
I understand that.
But the answer to all the questions that come to life starts with the knowledge and experience of experts.
Let us hold on to that.
To experts such as Jaap van Dissel and his colleagues inside and outside RIVM.
Virologists, intensive care physicians and other specialists.
From the beginning, their advice has guided all measures that have been taken in the Netherlands so far.
And it is important that we continue to rely on that compass of scientific knowledge and reliable facts.
That is the only sensible way to continue taking the necessary steps.
Steps that inevitably come our way.
Because I don’t have an easy message for you tonight.
The reality is that the coronavirus is among us and will remain with us for the time being.
There is no easy or quick way out of this very difficult situation.
The reality is that in the near future a large part of the Dutch population will be infected with the virus.
That’s what the experts are telling us now.
And whatever they tell us is that, pending a vaccine or drug, we can slow down the spread of the virus while building controlled group immunity.
I have to explain that.
Those who have had the virus are usually immune afterwards.
Just like in the old days with measles.
The larger the group that is immune, the less likely the virus is to jump to vulnerable elderly people and people with poor health.
With group immunity you build, as it were, a protective wall around them.
That is the principle.
But we must realize that it can take months or even longer to build group immunity, and during that time we need to shield people at greater risk as much as possible.
All things considered, there are three possible scenarios.
The first scenario is: maximally checking the virus.
This leads to controlled distribution among groups that are least at risk.
That is the scenario of our choice.
Maximum control means that we try to use measures to smooth out the peak in the number of infections and spread it over a longer period.
With this approach in which most people will only get minor complaints, we build immunity and ensure that healthcare can handle it.
With the aim that the nursing homes, home care, hospitals and especially intensive care units are not overloaded.
So that there is always sufficient capacity to help the people who are most vulnerable.
The second scenario is that we let the virus run unchecked.
This would completely overload our healthcare system at the peak of contamination, leaving insufficient capacity to help frail elderly and other high-risk patients.
We must of course prevent that at all costs.
The third scenario is that we endlessly try to stop the virus.
That means that the country is completely locked.
Such a rigorous approach may seem attractive at first sight, but experts point out that it would certainly not be a matter of days or weeks.
In that scenario, we would actually have to shut down our country for a year or even longer, with all its consequences.
And if it were practically possible – to let people leave their homes with permission only for so long – then the virus could re-emerge immediately if the measures were withdrawn.
The Netherlands is an open country and as long as there is no vaccine, the coronavirus will continue to spread through the world like a wave and not skip our country.
All advice so far, all measures previously announced are focused on the first ‘maximum control’ scenario.
From the relatively simple guidelines not to shake hands, wash hands more often and keep a meter and a half away from far-reaching measures such as prohibiting larger meetings and closing the catering industry.
And of course we keep our finger on the pulse every day.
How long the measures are needed and whether more is needed therefore depends on how the virus will behave in the coming weeks and months.
And of any new scientific insights, because the research is ongoing.
It may be that some measures can be relaxed, but that we sometimes have to take an extra step to prevent the virus from spreading unrestrained.
It will continue to fit and measure in the coming months.
It continues to search for the balance between taking the necessary measures and allowing ordinary life to continue as much as possible.
If we can control the spread of the virus in this way, the consequences for public health are ultimately the most manageable.
At the same time, we cannot and will not close our eyes to the economic consequences of this crisis.
Many people are concerned about their jobs.
Because for many companies, large and small, this is an extremely difficult period.
A lot of entrepreneurs suddenly have their backs against the wall.
The lady of the coffee shop on the corner, the flower grower, the transport operator, the freelancer, but it also applies to national icons such as KLM.
My message to the entrepreneurs of the Netherlands and their employees is this: the cabinet will do what it takes to support you.
We are committed to ensuring that businesses do not fall over by what is happening now and that people are not losing their jobs.
Either way, it will be a difficult time, but we will not let you down.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone in the Netherlands for the way in which the directions and measures have been followed so far and for all heartwarming examples of mutual aid and solidarity.
It is good to see that we are ready for each other when the need is man.
Keep doing that.
Stay alert and follow the directions, even if you are strong and healthy, for the benefit of people who are more vulnerable.
That is really important.
Continue to use your common sense and listen to the experts.
Continue to help each other where possible.
This is a time when we need to find each other, over disagreements and contradictions.
A time to put the common interest above self-interest.
And a time to give space and confidence to all those people who work in hectic conditions day and night to help others and keep the virus under control.
Cleaners, nurses and doctors in hospitals and elderly care, general practitioners and GGD employees, police officers, ambulance personnel and all other care providers.
To them, and to all those people who stay in their jobs in schools, childcare, public transport, supermarkets and anywhere else, I want to say: you are doing a fantastic job – thank you very much for that.
I would like to end with this appeal: with all the uncertainties out there, one thing is absolutely clear: the task we are facing is very big and we really have to do this with 17 million people.
Together we will overcome this difficult period.
Pay a little attention to each other.
I count on you.
Question: What should I do when I feel like I am sick and want to make sure?
Answer: If you are feeling sick, first check for the symptoms mentioned by RIVM. If the symptoms match with Corona Virus then call your GP. Do not believe the forwarded messages you see in WhatsApp and there is no need to panic.
Question: When should I call my GP ?
Answer: Following is advised by RIVM: “If you have symptoms of the common cold or a temperature up to 38C, It is not necessary to call your GP at this stage. If your symptoms worsen: i.e. a fever (above 38c) and respiratory complaints (coughing and shortness of breath) you should call your GP.”
Question: What is the process here in NL to get treatment ?
Answer: Doctors & General practitioners (GPs) are your first point of contact for healthcare in the Netherlands, as they provide referrals to all specialists and, if necessary, to a hospital. Registering with a local practice is one of the first things you need to do. To search for a local doctor, go to the ZorgkaartNederland website (in Dutch) and enter your 4 digit postcode.
Question: What should I do to protect my kids ?
Answer: Educate your kids on the hygiene practices as described by RIVM. A comic book released by the Govt of India ( Ministry of Health) for bringing awareness among kids about Coronavirus. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/Corona_comic_PGI.pdf
Question: How will I get help – please explain the general process ?
Answer: According to RIVM: “If someone reports to a general practitioner with symptoms and the GP thinks that the patient may have the novel coronavirus, a protocol is put into action. The GP asks for a test at RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Erasmus University Medical Center. Both laboratories start testing simultaneously. Meanwhile, the suspect patient is kept in isolation, either at home or at the hospital. That depends on the situation. If the test comes back positive, the patient remains in isolation and the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) carries out a so-called contact investigation. All people with whom the patient has been in contact during the infectious period must monitor their health during the incubation period. If they develop symptoms of the disease, they must report this to the GGD. The whole process then starts again from the beginning.”
If you have specific questions regarding Coronavirus, the government has opened a toll-free number 0800-1351 to answer any questions. If you are outside the country, you can call +31 20 2051351.
Question: If I am tested positive and I am in quarantine, who will take care of my family ?
Answer: GGD & Local gemeente is taking care of these kind of situations.
Question: In case the entire family is in quarantine, how will we survive during the period when we are recovering? How do we get food/etc.,
Answer: GGD & Local gemeente is taking care of these kind of situations.
Question: In case of being tested positive, are there any medications given to us ? If yes, are they covered by insurance or do i have to pay?
Answer: In Netherlands most of the medication are covered in the basic insurance package and free after own risk amount (Euro 385 for eg.). Pls refer to your insurance policy for more details.
Question: How do I make sure after testing positive that I do not infect my family?
Answer: Please follow the instructions on self quarantine. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51506729
Question: There are several indian stores selling garlic and other items to prevent coronavirus – are they really effective ?
Answer: These are not proven scientific solutions but Garlic & turmeric can help in generally build long term immunity .This is not a substitute for your medication.
Question: I read some news saying it can spread through several means and advice on how to cure it – is that true?
Answer: There are a lot of fake news being spread around this situation. Please make sure u read news and information on coronavirus from valid resources like RIVM in Netherlands, WHO for worldwide, Indian Government sites etc., which can be trusted.
Days of Lockdown
Public life in the Netherlands has largely come to a halt now that catering establishments and schools are closed and many people work from home. In the meantime, RIVM advises “social abstinence”. What is allowed and what is not allowed? These are the most frequently asked.
Question : Can I still shop normally?
Answer : “Yes,” says Annemiek van der Eijk, medical coordinator of clinical virology at Erasmus MC. “Only stay indoors if you sniffle a bit and keep at least a meter and a half away from others. That’s about an arm’s length.” That distance is important, she explains, because research has shown that virus particles don’t end up in someone else’s face after a cough.
“It is completely unnecessary to do groceries with a mask on,” says Van der Eijk. “When I see that, I think correctly: he is sick. In addition, a virus accumulates in such a mask. People especially have to keep thinking a bit logically.”
Question :Can my children still play outside with others?
Answer: Research has shown that children are less likely to have the virus than adults. And when they get it, the symptoms are less severe. This also makes them less contagious. Virologist Bart Haagmans of Erasmus MC therefore sees no problems when children play outside together. “But you shouldn’t underestimate that they can transmit the virus to the elderly,” he says.
According to Haagmans’ colleague Van der Eijk, it is therefore wise for an adult to supervise the children playing. “Then make sure that they are not too close together, for example.”
Question : Can I still exercise or walk outside?
Answer :Yes. The virologists Haagmans and Van der Eijk emphasize that you also need to keep sufficient distance here. Furthermore, stay at home with mild health problems, such as a runny nose.
Question : How should I treat clients as a hairdresser and vice versa: can I still go to the hairdresser?
Answer : The general measures apply to, for example, security guards, beauticians or hairdressers. In other words: do not shake hands, wash your hands regularly and keep a meter and a half away from the other. Many questions have been raised about the latter measure in particular.
For example, Provalliance, as the largest hairdressing company in the Netherlands, asks in a letter to Prime Minister Rutte for more clarity for the hairdressing industry, because in practice the rule of keeping a distance of one and a half meters is not complied with. Virologist Van der Eijk says that with such gray areas “the golden rule” applies: “If you sniffle, stay at home”. It applies to both hairdressers and customers, she says.
Van der Eijk: “If, for example, a hairdresser coughs in at a hairdresser’s, the hairdresser should be able to say: I am not helping you. That seems hard, but it is now necessary. Conversely, the hairdresser must make it clear that there are no costs involved. be brought when an appointment is canceled. Above all, there must be mutual understanding. “
Question : Can I still celebrate my birthday?
Answer : Virologist Bart Haagmans recommends postponing meetings where the elderly and young people come together, such as birthdays. “Because if someone has minor complaints, there is still a chance of unnoticed transmission. So that someone transmits the virus.”
People older than 70 years of age who are already in poor health are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Virologist Annemiek van der Eijk says it is wise to postpone a visit to these people. “But it is not only the elderly who are at risk,” she emphasizes. “People who have undergone a transplant, take a lot of medicines or have a reduced resistance in some other way may not be able to visit.”
Question : Do I also have to keep my distance from family members or from my partner with whom I do not live?
Answer : Virologist Annemiek van der Eijk emphasizes that in this case people have to rely mainly on their common sense. “So stay away from a rambling partner and don’t let them run errands.”
Van der Eijk’s colleague Bart Haagmans advises not to take action until a family member falls ill. But he also emphasizes that it is difficult to prevent multiple infections within a family because there is usually a lot of physical contact between family members, especially now that many people are at home. In a positive case in a family, all family members must therefore stay at home for two weeks, the RIVM writes.
Van der Eijk, laughing: “Either we will be dealing with a baby boom in nine months, or there will be a lot of divorces in a few months”.
Question: As the Government asked all children to stay at home, how do i engage them and make sure there is some learning for them in this situation?
Answer: There are a lot of ways you can ensure kids have some learning though not going to school in this situation. We have gathered some resources to help you out. However, please use them at your own discretion.
Since many kids are/will be home from school, sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschools.
- Curiosity Stream
- Beast Academy (Math)
- Khan Academy
- Creative Bug
- Discovery Education
- Crash Course Kids
- Science Channel
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School
- Geography Focus
- Kids Learning Tube
- Geeek Gurl Diaries
- Mike Likes Science
- Science Max
Lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk, etc.
Some resources to help with kids at home:
*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!
*List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
More awesome free learning websites that we like to use
Question: The sanitizers are not available in stores. What can I do to protect myself / family from being infected?
Answer: It seems that washing with soap and water is more efficient than using a Sanitizer. You can watch this video by Sachin Tendulkar on washing hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTtGuonEfwU
Question: Does Coronavirus have any impact on getting a visa for my parents ?
Answer: At the moment there is no such known impact of Coronavirus on the issuance of the visa. For latest information visit Vfs website for Netherlands in India.
Question: What should I do if my parents are travelling during this time ?
Answer: Senior Citizens with existing health conditions are more vulnerable. Advice to postpone any travel plans in the next few weeks unless absolutely necessary.
Question: What should I do if I need to travel to India? Will i be allowed to overstay in NL because of Corona Virus
Answer: In the current situation, If you don’t find any symptoms pls proceed on the travel. In case you have any symptoms, pls contact GGD. However the situation might change periodically. Please refer to Netherlands and India travel authority/immigration websites for more updated information.
Question: In case I need to travel to India, what should i take care of before taking the flight?
Answer: Just make sure you are not having any symptoms especially temperature. Please be careful in avoiding contact with others and follow the hygene code at all times during the travel. There are a few documents which are needed at different ports of entry in the current situation. Please refer to the airline guidelines. At the port of entry in India, there is a form which needs to be filled in. Please find the link below to download the form. http://tourism.gov.in/sites/default/files/Novel%20Cornavirus%20-%20Self%20Reporting%20Form%20for%20%20Travelers%20arriving%20from%202019-nCov%20affected%20countries.pdf
Question: Is there a route of travel which is banned? If my transit is through affected countries, can i still travel?
Answer: There are places added to the banned list every day. It is best to look at the travel advice of both origin and destination countries before flying. You can look at the advice for Travellers from the Dutch government below in the context of Coronavirus. https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/frequently-asked-questions-about-coronavirus-for-travellers
Question: What is the travel advice from the Dutch government ?
Answer: Travel advice from the government is updated regularly. You can find the latest travel advice in below link(only in Dutch) https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadviezen
Question: What are the covid19 affected places in the Netherlands ?
Answer: RIVM has a live feed from real-time data provided by John Hopkins University about the spread of the virus all over the world. You can see it here https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/spread
You can find information related to Netherlands here. https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Question: What are the covid19 affected places across Europe ?
Answer: This is a developing story, so it is best to look at this link to know about the spread of the virus. https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/spread
Question: Does my Travel insurance cover if I travel to a red zone ?
Answer: Please refer to the travel advisor of NL before any travels, generally travel insurance will not cover RED ZONE
Question : My parents have completed 90 days stay in NL , do I have option to extend them as I am hesitant to send them to India ?
Answer : As Per IND you will get extension only if there is no flight to travel to India. Request to recheck by calling IND @ +31 88 043 0430.
Question: What can I do if I am not comfortable travelling in public transport due to my health conditions?
Answer: If you are not comfortable travelling in public transport because of your health conditions, you can talk to your manager and HR and explain your situation. Also keep an eye on the RIVM advice that is being updated everyday.
Question: Can I attend an event ?
Answer: It is best to follow advice of the government for the region where the event is being planned. The general advice is to avoid crowds and gatherings if that is not absolutely necessary.
Question: What does “Quarantine” means?
Answer: Quarantine in general means isolation from others to avoid spread of virus further. This can be done in several ways depending on the current condition of the individual and the facilities still available at the point of time, to avoid further spread of the virus. For the exact protocol on Quarantine please refer to GGD or RIVM sites.
Question: How do I know if I am infected with COVID-19 ?
Answer: According to RIVM you should watch for symptoms. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
For more information visit National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
The RIVM website has more answers to following topics:
- Questions about the situation in the Netherlands
- Questions about preparedness in the Netherlands
- Questions about your personal health
- Questions about prevention
- Questions about the novel coronavirus
- Questions about the international situation
NEW VISA RESTRICTIONS due to COVID-19 to India
INDIAN NATIONALS WHO WANT TO RETURN TO INDIA
1. Whether they will be quarantined upon arrival in India?
Only those who have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after Feb 15, 2020 will be quarantined for 14 days.
2. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory for Indians?
Only for those who are coming from Republic of Korea or Italy.
3. Whether Indians transiting through China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany be quarantined on arrival in India?
No. Transit through Airport is not considered stay.
INDIAN NATIONALS WHO WANT TO GO ABROAD
Questions : Whether Indians are allowed to go abroad? Answer : Indians are strongly advised to avoid non essential travel to Corona Virus affected countries. On their return to India from affected countries China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany they will be mandatorily quarantined.
FOREIGNERS WHO ARE PRESENTLY IN INDIA
1. Which visa categories are allowed to enter India?
Those who hold Employment and Project visa, Diplomatic passport holders, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations.
2. Are dependents of exempted category visa category allowed?
3. Are infants/children who hold foreign passports but parents is Indian allowed?
No. They are required to get fresh visa from Indian Mission/Post.
4. Are Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives passport holders allowed?
Nepal and Bhutan nationals are allowed. Maldives nationals would require visa.
5. Are foreign nationals with RC/RP/Stay Visa allowed to enter?
Only those foreigners who have RC/RP/Stay Visa w.r.t Employment/Project Visas.
6. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory ?
Only for those foreigners who are travelling to India from/visited Italy or Republic of Korea.
7. Can foreigners avail direct transit facility at Indian Airport?
Yes. However, even in transit, medical screening is mandatory.
8. Who is the competent authority to issue COVID-19 Negative Certificates in Italy and Republic of Korea?
Hospitals/Labs recognized by Govt of Italy and Republic of Korea respectively.
OCI CARD HOLDERS
1. Are OCI Card holders allowed?
No. They are required to get fresh visa from Indian mission/post.
2. Are infants/children who hold foreign passports with OCI cards but parents is Indian allowed?
No. Infants/Children are required to get fresh visa from Indian Mission/Post.
3. Whether OCI Card holders coming from/visited Republic of Korea and Italy require COVID-19 Negative Certificates?
DIPLOMATS,OFFICIAL,UN/INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHERS
1 Are Diplomats, Official, UN/International Organization passports holders allowed to enter India?
2. Are dependents of Diplomats on normal passports allowed?
3. Are Diplomats, Official, UN/International Organization passports holders required to carry COVID-19 Negative Certificates if they arrive from Italy or Republic of Korea?
4. Which are the International Organizations allowed?
UN Bodies and other recognized International organizations.
5. Foreign crew allowed on GD if they have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after Feb 15, 2020 in their personal capacity?
On Arrival Situation in Indian Airports
We are getting lot of queries on the situation for the on arrival passengers in India. Below is the feedback we got from various persons travelled in the last one week . The passengers included are parents.
” Today I travelled from Amsterdam to Bangalore (Direct flight).
As I am Indian national I don’t have any problems get in boarded.
They are checking if you have fever. Or not.
You should fill a 2 forms given in the plane and submit them.
And they ask you few questions if you travelled any other countries.
And done.” – Ammireddy Chinta travelled to Bangalore on March 13th”
“My mother travelled to Hyderabad and she was checked (For Fever or any other symptoms ) on arrival at Hyderabad with some question on her recent travels to other European countries. She has submitted the forms needed and its seamless to go out.” – Lekha whose mother travelled to Hyderabad on March 12th
The rules on arrival are changing everyday due to the kind of situation we are
in . The above testimonies are for reference only
Press Conference : March 12th 2020
Question : I heard there was a Press conference by Netherlands Prime Minister on March 12th 2020. Do you have a summary of it in English ?
Answer : New measures against the spread of the coronavirus will apply in the Netherlands from Thursday 12 March 2020. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Bruins explained the measures (based on advice from RIVM) during a press meeting, The measures are:
- Everyone in the Netherlands: stay at home with complaints of a cold, cough, sore throat or fever. Avoid social contact. Do not call your doctor until complaints get worse.
- Meetings with more than 100 people are canceled throughout the Netherlands. This also applies to public locations such as museums, concert halls, theaters, sports clubs and sports competitions.
- People throughout the Netherlands are called upon to work from home as much as possible or to spread working hours.
- Vulnerable persons: (elderly and persons with reduced resistance) avoid large groups and public transport. In general, people are urged to limit visits to vulnerable people.
- For healthcare personnel and personnel in vital processes: a lot is required of you. Do not stay home until you have symptoms and a fever. If necessary, consult with your employer. And also: do not travel abroad.
- Colleges and universities are requested to offer education online instead of large-scale lectures.
- Schools in primary, secondary and secondary vocational education and childcare will simply remain open: there are few infections there and the environment is less international. Moreover, children and young people do not form the group with the highest risks. In addition, the social consequences of closing these schools are said to be significant and little contributes to limiting the spread. Children who have a cold should stay at home.
- This information will be supplemented from Thursday 12 March and the questions and answers that follow from these new measures will be supplemented at www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirus
- RIVM is the National Institute of Public Health and Environment
- English FAQ from RIVM can be found here: Q&As novel coronavirus COVID-19
- WHO – World Health Organization
- Infection spread numbers across the world
- The national government launched a helpline that Netherlands residents can call with questions about the coronavirus. The number is 0800-1351.
How can NLTC Help?
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DO NOT PANIC …STAY HYGIENIC and STAY INFORMED …….Wishing you the best,
Always with you & Together,
NLTC & Volunteers
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