COVID desk: Information for visitors to The Netherlands
Holidaying in the Netherlands is possible in most cases, although there are some COVID-19-related rules and recommendations you'll have to observe during your stay. The European travel ban on travelers from high and very high risk regions is still in force, as well. Always check the current measures applicable for 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.
- Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people and avoid crowds.
- 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 social distancing (1.5 m) is impossible, and any person aged 13 and over must wear a face mask. Examples are passenger transportation, public transportation, railway and metro stations, airports, and in aircraft.
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 receive you.
Cafés and restaurants:
- Restaurants and cafés are closed between midnight and 6 AM. Nightclubs and discos will remain closed altogether.
- COVID-19 tickets are not valid in restaurants and cafés.
- If you visit a restaurant or café, you must always have a fixed seat and comply with social distancing rules (1.5 m distance from others).
- All shops are open during regular opening hours.
- Shops must observe a maximum capacity of one visitor per 5 m2. However, if a shop uses the CoronaCheck app or an individual COVID access pass, the maximum capacity does not apply.
- 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 en room service- facilities. Make sure to inquire about any rules applying for 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 and other recreational and cultural facilities are open during regular opening hours, as are outdoor facilities like theme parks and zoos. Here, too, social distancing is in force and a 1.5 m distance must be maintained between visitors.
- Outdoor recreational spaces, such as beaches and city parks, are also open subject to the 1.5 m social distancing rules.
- Some events, such as concerts, dance parties and festivals, are accessible with a COVID-19 access pass. In this case, the 1.5 m social distancing rule does not apply.
CoronaCheck app as a ticket
To gain access to some events, locations and activities, the organiser may ask for a COVID access pass, such as a negative test result, proof of vaccination or recovery. You can also load these documents in the CoronaCheck- app and use it as a COVID access pass. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.