COVID desk: Information for visitors to The Netherlands
Holidaying in the Netherlands is possible again, although there are some COVID-19-related rules and recommendations you'll have to observe during your stay. The European travel ban for travelers from high and very high risk regions is still in force, as well. However, there are exemptions from the travel ban, e.g. when you are fully vaccinated. Always check the current measures applicable to your situation prior to traveling and follow the instructions of the Dutch authorities.
- Before you travel, always check this checklist for current travel bans and the rules regarding tests and quarantine in the Netherlands.
- You can find up to date information and travel advisories at Government.nl.
- Find the answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 at the bottom of this page.
The basic rules
While you can do many things in the Netherlands once again, COVID-19 has not disappeared so you must comply with the following basic rules when staying in the Netherlands:
- Wash your hands often.
- Maintain your
distance from other people and avoid crowds. Even though the 1.5 metres distance is not mandatory anymore, it is still recommended as a safe distance.
- Stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by a COVID-19 infection and take a test.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Use paper handkerchiefs and throw these away.
- In most places, you no longer have to wear a face mask. However, it is still mandatory in places where it tends to get busy
, and any person aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in designated places. Examples are taxis, public transpor t, airports, and on aircrafts. Stations and platforms are exempt.
Entering the Netherlands and holidays
Travelers to the Netherlands should check their local authorities' travel advisory for the Netherlands. Also make sure to check whether your country of origin is on the Dutch list of safe countries. For an up-to-date overview of the measures that are in place for your trip, check out the detailed requirements here.
For more information about the various travel documents, COVID-19 test options, and quarantine guidelines, visit the Dutch government's website.
Accommodations, cafés and restaurants, and shops
The Netherlands has largely opened up so you can book your stay at all available accommodations for your holiday, such as hotels, campgrounds and holiday parks. Before traveling to an accommodation, don't forget to ask the owner about applicable rules. Shops in the Netherlands are open once again, too (subject to compliance with the applicable rules) and will be happy to welcome you.
Cafés, restaurants, bars and nightclubs:
- Restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs are closed between midnight and 6 am
. Since the mandatory social distancing of 1.5 metres does no longer apply and venues can hold maximum capacity, the use of the corona entry pass is introduced.
- As of 25 September, the COVID-19 entry pass system will apply to cafes and restaurants (but not takeaways), bars and nightclubs, events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sports matches), and cultural venues (such as cinemas and theatres). Museums are exempt and can be accessed without a COVID-19 entry pass.
- Everyone aged 13 and over will have to show a valid coronavirus entry pass to gain admission. Everyone aged 14 and over will also have to show their ID along with their COVID-19 entry pass.
- All shops are open during regular opening hours.
- Campgrounds and holiday parks are open. However, COVID-19 measures apply here, too. Always ask your accommodation about the applicable rules.
- Hotels are open during regular opening hours, including any restaurant, catering, spa and room service- facilities. Make sure to enquire about any rules applying to the accommodation in question.
- Always ask about the terms and conditions relating to cancellation before booking. These may vary significantly between providers.
Events and recreational facilities:
- Cinemas, theatres and other recreational and cultural facilities are open during regular opening hours. From 25 September a COVID-19 entry pass will be mandatory to access cinemas and theatres. Museums are exempt and can be accessed without a COVID-19 entry pass. Outdoor facilities like theme parks and zoos are also open.
- Outdoor recreational spaces, such as beaches and city parks, are also open.
- All events can again take place with a COVID-19 entry pass. For outdoor events there is no maximum number of visitors. For indoor events with a fixed seat, there is also no maximum number of visitors. Indoor events without a fixed seat can allow a maximum of 75% of the regular visitor capacity and there is a mandatory closing time between midnight and 6 am.
CoronaCheck app as a COVID-19 entry pass
Since the social distancing rule of 1.5 metres no longer applies entry requirements for places where it tends to get busier have changed. You need a COVID-19 entry pass to cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and indoor events. This pass is proof of a negative test result, vaccination or recovery. You can also upload these documents to the so-called Dutch CoronaCheck- app and use it as a COVID-19 entry pass. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. Do you prefer a paper version of the COVID-19 entry pass? No problem. Go to CoronaCheck.nl/print. Don't have a vaccination certificate or recovery certificate? Get tested free of charge at least 24 hours in advance via testvoortoegang.nl.
Please note, that the NHS Covid Pass is not yet linked to the EU DCC. This means that the QR-Code of the NHS Covid Pass cannot be scanned for entry. Therefore, even fully vaccinated visitors need to get tested to access indoor venues such as restaurants, cinemas and theatres. Proof of a negative test result is valid for 24 hours.