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Looking for information on COVID-19 in your own language?

If you don’t have a BSN or postal address, check helpfulinformation.redcross.nl/covid for more information about the vaccine.

Keen to find out more about the coronavirus in the Netherlands? Interested in learning when exactly you need to have a COVID test and how to get one? Or want to know what you can or cannot do if you have COVID-19?

For you and anyone who does not speak Dutch (well), the Red Cross has launched this special website in your language.
The videos below have full details about COVID-19 in the Netherlands in English.

What is COVID-19 and how do we deal with it in the Netherlands

To prevent the virus from spreading, the main things to remember are to maintain a 1.5-metre distance, wash your hands frequently and restrict your contacts with other people as much as possible.

Testing for COVID-19, how does that work in the Netherlands? (even if you do not have a BSN – i.e. citizen service or social security number)

Anyone who has symptoms that look like they may mean you have the coronavirus can get a test. Make sure you do not infect other people.

What is the corona vaccine and how can I get one

Everybody in the Netherlands is entitled to a free vaccine, even if you do not have the right papers to be in the Netherlands.

If you don’t have a BSN or postal address, check helpfulinformation.redcross.nl/covid for more information about the vaccine.

Educational materials about the coronavirus

Do you know the right way to properly wash your hands? And which steps to take to reduce the risk of infection? We have made a series of flyers containing top tips on how to deal with the coronavirus. These tips are in line with the guidelines from the RIVM (the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the WHO (the World Health Organisation).

These flyers explain how to protect yourself and others. They also ask readers to look after the more vulnerable among those around you. The information in the flyers applies to everybody, including you!

Would you like to help spreading the information? Please download and share the flyer.

Get acquainted with the Red Cross

The Netherlands Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s biggest humanitarian network. We work to prevent and alleviate human suffering everywhere around the globe. We also do so in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands we provide relief in case of disasters and emergency situations, like the COVID crisis. We deliver support for the care and medical sectors and provide education. And we stand up for the most vulnerable people in society during the crisis, by delivering food aid for instance.


The Red Cross WhatsApp Helpline: answers to all your questions in your own language

Need advice or help and you, or someone you know, do not speak Dutch? The Red Cross is happy to help in your language. Send your (voice) message to number 06-28520983 and a Red Cross volunteer will get in touch with you.

The WhatsApp Helpline in English can be reached from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00.

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Rode Kruis Whatsapp Hulplijn Engels