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. In order to reduce the recent rapid increase in the number of coronas infections and to prevent further pressure on the national health service, stricter measures will apply from Saturday 13 November. They will last at least until Saturday 4 December 6:00 hours.
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.
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 and thoroughly.
- Don’t shake hands.
- Stay 1.5 metres from other.
- Stay at home or at your accommodation if you have symptoms that may be caused by a COVID-19 infection and take a test. Even if you are vaccinated.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is mandatory for everyone aged 13 and over in all public indoor spaces where the Covid pass is not required for entry. Examples are shops, taxis, public transport incl. stations and platforms, airports, and on aircrafts.
Entering the Netherlands and holidays
Travelers to the Netherlands should check their local authorities' travel advice 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.
Accommodation, cafés, restaurants- and shopping
The Netherlands has largely opened up so you can book your stay at all available accommodation for your holiday, such as hotels, campsites and holiday parks. Before traveling to your booked 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. Please note, that earlier closing hours will apply at least until 4 December (20:00 hours for essential shops and 18:00 hours for non-essential shops) and wearing a mouth mask is compulsory in all shops.
Cafés, restaurants, bars and nightclubs:
- Restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs are closed between 8pm and 6am
. A Covid pass is required for entry for everyone aged 13 and over. The Covid pass is checked along with a valid ID, such as a passport or driving licence.
- The COVID pass entry system applies to cafés and restaurants (but not takeaways), bars and nightclubs, events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sport matches), and cultural venues (such as museums, cinemas and theatres).
- Everyone aged 13 and over will have to show a valid COVID entry pass to gain admission. Everyone aged 14 and over will also have to show their ID (e.g. passport or driving licence) along with their COVID entry pass.
- All shops are open, but shorter opening hours apply at least until 4 December and wearing a face mask is mandatory in all shops. Essential shops such as supermarkets, drugstores and opticians are open between 6 am and 8pm. Non-essential shops such as clothes shops, home furnishing shops, hairdressers and beauty salons are open between 6am and 6pm.
- 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 hotel and its facilities.
- Campsites and holiday parks are open. However, COVID-19 measures apply here, too. Always ask your accommodation about the applicable rules. .
- Always ask about the terms and conditions relating to cancellation before booking. These may vary significantly between providers.
Events, cultural venues and recreational facilities:
- Cinemas, museums, theatres and other cultural venues and recreational facilities are open during regular opening hours. A COVID entry pass is mandatory to access all public indoor spaces.
- Outdoor facilities like theme parks and zoos are also open. Temporarily, a closing time of 6pm applies. A Covid entry pass is required to enter any shops, cafés or restaurants.
- Outdoor recreational spaces, such as beaches and city parks, are also open.
- All events can again take place with a COVID entry pass system.
There is a mandatory closing time between 8pm and 6am. Events may only allow entry to a maximum of 1 250 people in an indoor area. Art and culture performances in cinemas, theatres and concert halls, for example, do not have a compulsory closing time. Art and culture exhibitions and performances may only allow entry to a maximum of 1 250 people in an indoor area. mateur and professional sports are not open to the public.
CoronaCheck app as a COVID entry pass
Everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass at certain locations, for example, to go to a bar or restaurant, an event, the cinema or theatre, or to a sports match. 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 entry pass. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. Do you prefer a paper version of the COVID 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 testenvoortoegang.nl. Everyone aged 14 and over must also show a valid form of ID along with their coronavirus entry pass such as a passport or driving license.