Corona (Covid-19): Information for visitors to The Netherlands
Are you currently in The Netherlands or are you about to travel to The Netherlands? On this page you will find information on the current situation and useful links to relevant information sources.
General information on Covid-19 virus and frequently asked questions and answers can be found on the website of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM).
All dates mentioned below and associated measures are subject to and dependent on the development of the coronavirus.
Overview most important measures (updated daily)
- Festivals, concerts and other events are allowed as of 1 July as long as visitors can keep the one-and-a-half-meter distance. Visitors must book in advance and the staff will make a health check. The admission of large events depends on whether a municipality grants a permit.
- Restaurants can open their doors and terraces again. However, visits to restaurants and cafes are only possible on reservation. At the moment a maximum of 30 visitors are allowed inside. As of 1 July, there is no maximum number of visitors, as long as they stay the one-and-a-half-meter distance.
- Theatres, concert halls, museums, monuments and cinemas open their doors again. Visiting these locations is only possible upon reservation and if visitors stay one and a half meters away from each other.
- Campsites and holiday parks will be fully open again from July 1st, including shared shower and toilet facilities.
- Supermarkets and shops who sell daily necessities are open and need to follow the rules strictly.
Travelling in and to The Netherlands
- On the 3rd of June 2020, the Dutch government has decided that as per June 15, 2020, international visitors are allowed to and travel within The Netherlands again. Foreign tourists from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands are welcome to spend their holidays in the Netherlands this summer. They must of course comply with all the measures and rules that apply here to combat the spread of coronavirus. Tourists must also reserve their holiday accommodation before travelling to the Netherlands. Without a valid reservation you can be refused entry at the border. Please check the website The Netherlands and you for more information.
- We recommend to consult the travel advice of your local authorities to review whether it is safe to travel to The Netherlands.
- The Netherlands, along with all other countries covered by the Schengen Agreement and the United Kingdom, has closed its borders to all people from outside Europe except in the case of essential travel.
- The government has developed a Q&A for the most frequently asked questions for tourists.
- Individual decisions have also been taken by security regions at local level to discourage tourist visits. Keep a close eye on the website of the local security regions and/or contact the municipality.
Travel advice for travelers to The Netherlands
As of March 18 the EU-countries have decided to drastically limit travel to the Schengen area from non-Schengen countries. Tourists from a number of EU countries can spend their holiday in the Netherlands from 15 June onwards. Foreign tourists must follow Dutch measures to combat COVID-19. Please read all the important information on the website Netherlands and you.
Transportation to and within The Netherlands
If you are travelling to The Netherlands, please do so by car or own transportation to minimalize the spread of the virus. Are you travelling to the Netherlands as part of an organized group or you travel to The Netherlands in a touring car? Please consult the instructions of the local tour operator but also keep these general measures into account. These measures have been drafted by the Royal Dutch Organisation for Transportation, together with other institutions.
- Wear a face mask during the entire trip
- Make sure you fill in and submit a signed declaration to your local touroperator. These forms will be handed over to you, prior to entering to the bus
- Don’t enter the bus when you have a cold, fever or any other symptoms
- Take the measures into account and respect them. The driver is in charge of what is acceptable and what isn’t. He/she is also allowed to deny access to the vehicle
- Don’t walk in the vehicle to ensure you keep a distance of 1.5 metres
- Pay contactless when you are required to pay within the vehicle
Public transport will once again operate according to the normal timetable. (International) Travellers will be required to wear a 'non-medical' mouth shield. In case you would like to use public transport, please check out the latest information about departure times and potentially adjusted timetables prior to travel.
- Air travel: Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport
- International trains: NS International
- Train within The Netherlands: NS
- Other public transport in The Netherlands: 9292.nl
Opening times museums, theaters, attractions and other tourism locations
Please be aware that in light of the current situation the information on Holland.com can be outdated. Please check out the website of the places you would like to visit prior to traveling.
Opening times restaurants and cafes
Visits to restaurants and cafes are only possible by reservation, and taking into account the one and a half meter distance.
Number of Covid-19 cases in The Netherlands
The current number of Covid-19 infections can be found on this page of the RIVM.
General hygiene protocol
It is advised to adhere to the following basic measures to prevent further spread of the Corona virus:
Wash your hands frequently with soap
Cough or sneeze in the inside of your elbow
Use disposable paper napkins
Do not shake hands
Stay at home in case you have symptoms of a cold or flu
Limit social contact
Always keep at least 1,5 metres distance from other people
Health complaints: what to do
Are you in The Netherlands and do you have symptoms that may indicate a possible infection with the coronavirus? Stay at home and get yourself tested. You can make an appointment to test yourself by calling 0800-1202 (daily available 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m). In case you're infected, you and your fellow travelers must remain in quarantine for two weeks.
Hospitalization & travel documents: get in touch with your embassy
The Embassy or Consulate of your country can assist you in case of calamities when you are in The Netherlands, such as disasters, issues with travel documents or hospitalization.
- View contact details of embassies and consulates in the Netherlands.