Guidelines for Vessels in Port

Applicable for crews on board / signing on / signing off vessels in Dutch ports, be safe and vigilant

COVID-19 Guidelines for Vessels in Port



Is there a suspicion of one or more patients on board with an infectious disease? Report this as soon as possible to the Traffic Control Division of the Harbour Master’s Division and the pilot on board. In certain cases, also inform the Harbour Master’s Division traffic control.

Martime Declaration of Health (MdoH) must be sent at least 6 hours prior to arrival at Pilot Station and must have been signed in the last 24 hours. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Dutch Ports will contact the Municipal Health Service (GGD). Please pay attention to the following: during your stay in the port, it is obligated to notify us of any changes in regards to the health and medical situation on board of your ship.


Basic rules for everyone in the Netherlands: If you If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home (click on link to activate for more information).

Keep a social distance of 1.5mtrs minimum to others at all times. This applies to everyone over 18,  including your colleagues. Wash your hands often at least 20 seconds.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Avoid busy places and travel outside peak hours if possible.

If you have been in close proximity of more than 15 minutes with another person and/or with a distance less than 1.5mtrs, you increase the chances to get infected and harm your colleagues.

This applies to everyone over the age of 18: in the street, in shops and other buildings and at work – even if you are a key person. It does not apply to family members or other people that you live with. And it does not apply if you are providing assistance to someone, for example pushing a wheelchair.


For the latest update about COVID-19 please contact DHSS (see #3). We can give you the appropriate guidance or go to RIVM website for additional information.


Furthermore follow the guidelines of your company and local legislation such as RIVM. If there are other questions or uncertainties, do not hesitate to contact DHSS (24/7hrs) on the following numbers.

Den Helder +31 223 614700

HCC Den Helder +31 223-677575

Eemshaven +31 596-745100

IJmuiden +31 255-745100

Scheveningen +31 255-745100


When urgent COVID-19 test are required, DHSS is able to arrange and facilitate this on short notice, with fast responds on results. Please contact DHSS involved facilities mentioned in # 3.


It is crucial that everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 gets tested as soon as possible. This is applicable for people who have had contact with a person infected with COVID-19 virus. Following steps are to be taken to ensure no contribution to the further spread of the virus will take place. Read more information about testing. (click on link to activate for more information)



Quarantine after a positive test without symptoms:

You can develop symptoms 3 days after the test, so watch your health closely.

You must stay home in isolation for 72 hours (3 days) after getting tested, because you could be contagious to others. The other people in your household also need to stay at home, because they may have been infected by you. This prevents them from infecting others.

You may go out of isolation immediately if you have not developed any symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 within 72 hours (3 days) after taking the test. The Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) will discuss with you when this is.

If you do develop symptoms within those 72 hours (3 days) after taking the test, you will have to stay in home isolation for longer. Your household members will also have to remain in home quarantine until 10 days after their last contact with you, that involved a risk of infection. The GGD will tell you more about this.

If you become seriously ill or if you require medical assistance: Do not go to your GP or visit the hospital. Instead, call your GP or the out-of-hours medical centre. When you need assistance call DHSS (see for contact details above # 3)

When this test is positive, you stay in isolation/quarantine, do not leave the location you are at. If you are seriously ill, call your doctor or the out-of-hours GP service (‘huisartsenpost’) immediately. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.


Quarantine or isolation?

If you have symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, or if you have been tested and the result of your test was positive for COVID-19, then you must go into isolation. This means staying home so that you do not spread the virus to others. Read more about what to do if you need to go into isolation because you have COVID-19. (click on link to activate for more information)

Quarantine is a precautionary measure: You are not ill, but you have been in contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 (or might be infected). So you stay home/on board the vessel for 10 days in isolation.


Once you are allowed to leave your house again, follow the general coronavirus measures. Visit for more information


Read more about the Dutch measures against coronavirus:

Distancing gives freedom

Travelling and going on holiday

Dutch measures against coronavirus: additional measures

RIVM website


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