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Old 01.09.2020, 12:08
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Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Hi all

I have plans to drive from the Canton of Vaud to Amsterdam to visit a friend in need, perhaps in early October.

Whilst I've done this trip by car in the past, in todays Covid times, I was planning to also get tested a few days in advance in order to have some form of paper to show at the border crossings (in case things turn south like with what happens now between CH and the UK).

So before I set out, what route would make most sense, via Germany and skip Luxembourg/Belgium to make this into fewer border crossings? Any other advice anyone here having done a similar trip recently may wish to bestow upon me ?

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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Without having done the route, I would advise to stay out of Belgium, and out of Luxembourg, as they are on the BAG quarantine list (well ok, parts of Belgium are, Brussels and Antwerp), and your employer might refuse to pay you during any (self-)imposed quarantine. Apart from that the borders are open, probably there won't be even any need for a covid test.
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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

First-time poster here so let me first say hello everyone!
I have done NL-CH twice and CH-NL once in recent weeks, with no border issues (fingers crossed indeed that this continues); and quite a few times along different routes before. I'll review three routes.
(1) Your standard routes from Vaud is presumably Pontarlier-Metz-Luxembourg and then around Brussels and through Antwerp. Even aside from the BAG issue that Squeeeez mentions, the LU-BE part is heavy, especially with construction around the tunnel and elevated highway in Antwerp.
(2) The two-border route goes Basel-Karlsruhe-Cologne-Arnhem. The challenges are road construction in Switzerland and Germany (see the ADAC map for details), and heavy truck traffic and commuting nodes. I try to avoid this route during the week.
(3) An in-between route goes Basel-around Strasbourg Saarbrücken-Liège-Eindhoven. It is more scenic and lighter on traffic in Germany, the only trick being the crossing from Sarreguemines to Saarbrücken which is off highway. The parts of France and Belgium that is crosses are not listed as high risk for COVID.
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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Hi Shimgami,

We did a trip from Basel to Saarbrucken to Maastricht and back via Germany in the last week of July till first week of August. During this trip, we did not have to undergo any border checks.

For this particular trip, we crossed the Swiss-German border later in the evening around 9 PM. But a weeke before when we crossed the same border a couple of hours earlier, there were checks on the German side. They were stopping random cars, and while we were bot stopped it did create about 10 minutes of delay. I suppose if one reaches the crossing earlier, the delay woule be more.

In terms of Covid, it varied between the three countries with Germany having the most strict rules to Netherlands having no rules at all. We stopped at a highway pitstop for food and the lady only asked me if I was healthy or not and let me go on. At that time there was no need of masks either.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Thank you for the details, this helps

I'm not too worried about traffic jams and the like, I will keep everything mentioned in mind. Most likely will avoid BE/LUX and France unless something pops up with Germany and it becomes best to avoid it.

We would pack plenty of food and water only stopping to stretch our legs and visit a restroom when needed.

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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

I've done this journey many times, though to Rotterdam. If avoiding B & LUX then it's Basel - Frankfurt - Essen - Arnhem - Amsterdam. It's a bit longer in terms of time and distance but not that noticeable.

I wouldn't bother to be C-19 tested. Test is usually only valid a few days so unless you want to know for personal reasons, not worth the money.

Finally, if you need fuel or a quick bite, use the "Autohofs". These are just off the highway and fuel and food are a lot cheaper. You usually find Burger King, MCD or KFC at these places.

Otherwise, if you'd like a nice sit down meal in a good restaurant eating typical German fare, plan a stop in a small village off the motorway. I always did this. Have a look at Rechts und Links der Autobahn.

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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Thank you all.

Reason why I wish to get tested, is for the peace of mind that my friend would gain from this. He is on immunosupressants and knowing that we are tested and covid-free, is our way of showing our support to ensure safety

And perhaps if someone stops up... but primarily for him.

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Re: Any recent road trip stories between CH and Amsterdam?

Mt GF recently did this Arnhem to Zurich - as Luganopirate says, best route, avoiding Belgium, is Basel, then due north to Frankfurt, Cologne, Arnhem to Amsterdam. I've done similar trips in the past and it's an easy drive.
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Without having done the route, I would advise to stay out of Belgium, and out of Luxembourg, as they are on the BAG quarantine list (well ok, parts of Belgium are, Brussels and Antwerp), and your employer might refuse to pay you during any (self-)imposed quarantine. Apart from that the borders are open, probably there won't be even any need for a covid test.
I think driving through a country won’t trigger a quarantine. I have recently been to the UK and filled out all the papers truthfully- and at least they make it clear: no stops apart from gas stations, not meeting people, dropping of it picking up and the country doesn’t count. So I drove through lux, Belgium and France... and was still exempt from the quarantine. I’d assume that CH should handle this similarly?
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Thank you all.

Reason why I wish to get tested, is for the peace of mind that my friend would gain from this. He is on immunosupressants and knowing that we are tested and covid-free, is our way of showing our support to ensure safety

And perhaps if someone stops up... but primarily for him.

I appreciate the feedback!
I can fully understand this, but I would still mask up and keep a distance, no hugging etc. The problem is you can be virus free today when you're tested, and then catch it next day. For your friends sake (and your own) be extra careful. Sorry, not meant to be a lecture, just some friendly advice.
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