Dutch tourists and foreign travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands can holiday in the Netherlands. Everyone must follow the Dutch advice and rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During your stay in the Netherlands you must follow the rules that have been imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules apply to everyone in the Netherlands, including tourists.
Read more information about the basic rules for everyone in the Netherlands
There are no restrictions on travel within the Netherlands. However, it’s important to avoid busy places, so please keep this in mind when choosing your destination. Consider going to a different region or city instead of tourist hotspots.
Yes, restaurants, cafés and outdoor seating areas are open in the Netherlands, but special restrictions apply. Reservations are often required for restaurants, cafés and bars (as the number of customers permitted can be limited) and you could be asked whether you have cold-like symptoms or a fever. At all times you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people who are not part of your own household. All customers will be seated at a table or at the bar.
Museums and monuments are open. The maximum number of visitors depends on the size of the building. Visitors could be asked whether they have cold-like symptoms or a fever.
If you have symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, remain inside wherever you are staying and arrange to be tested. Call 0800-1202 or +31 850 659 063 to arrange an appointment. If you test positive for COVID-19, you and any travelling companions must self-isolate in your holiday accommodation for 2 weeks.
No. You are not obliged to reserve your holiday accommodation before you travel to the Netherlands.
Yes. No distinction is made between Dutch residents and foreign tourists when it comes to enforcing the COVID-19 rules.
Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms while in the Netherlands – whether they live here or are just visiting – should stay at home or in their holiday accommodation and get tested. Foreign tourists can call the national appointment line on 0800 1202 or +31 850 659 063.
When travelling by public transport, taxi, coach or car, a non-medical face mask that does not have a filter and is made of a material such as cotton is enough. These types of face mask are sold in places like supermarkets and pharmacies. You can also make your own.
You may not use a scarf, face shield/visor, snood, bandanna, the collar of a jacket, or a non-medical face mask made from a sock, for instance. Gas masks should also not be used.
You will need a new or freshly washed non-medical face mask for every journey. For instance, if you make one journey in the morning and one journey in the afternoon, you will need two non-medical face masks.
No. All passengers aged 13 and over are required to wear a non-medical face mask. The fine for not wearing a non-medical face mask is €95.
At train stations, non-medical face masks are for sale in the following shops: Kiosk, AKO, Albert Heijn, HEMA and Etos. They can also be bought from vending machines on platforms.
To ensure safe and efficient boarding, put your non-medical face mask on before you get into the vehicle. Don't take off your mask until after you have got out of the vehicle.
After you have used a disposable non-medical face mask once, you should dispose of it in a normal waste bin. Non-medical face masks cannot be recycled. You should throw away disposable gloves in the same way after one use. If you buy or make a cotton reusable non-medical face mask, you can wash and re-use it. If it breaks or wears out, you should dispose of it in the same way as a disposable non-medical face mask.
You can use public transport, but should avoid peak hours. Allow for extra journey time so that, if a bus or train is too crowded, you can take the next one. People aged 13 or over must wear a non-medical face mask on public transport.
From 1 July 2020 taxi passengers must undergo a pre-travel health check and wear a non-medical face mask. This will help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. It is a good idea to book your taxi in advance wherever possible. Taxi firms are taking additional measures to prevent the virus spreading, such as additional cleaning between journeys. The driver will also ask you to place your luggage in the boot yourself and to open your own door.
Yes, you can go on a coach holiday or day trip in the Netherlands. You must undergo a pre-travel health check and everyone aged 13 or over must wear a non-medical face mask. This will help reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Wherever possible, passengers will be asked to reserve and be allocated a seat.
Yes. But all passengers aged 13 and over must wear a non-medical face mask on board.
Yes. People from different households can travel in the same car. Anyone aged 13 or over is advised to wear a non-medical face mask in this situation. If you are in a car on your own or with members of your own household only, you don't need to wear a non-medical face mask.
At airports, it may not always be possible to stay 1.5 metres from others at peak periods or during security checks. So airports are asking travellers to wear non-medical face masks at check-in, security and when boarding, for instance.
You are advised to check in online before you go to the airport. At airports, just like everywhere else in the Netherlands, you should stay 1.5 metres from others and observe the hygiene rules.
Do not go to the airport if you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing or a fever.
No, this is not standard practice. Airlines are free to decide for themselves how they conduct health screening. Check with your airline for more information on their boarding procedure.
In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Netherlands the Dutch government has decided to implement measures for passengers flying to the Netherlands from areas with many coronavirus infections by means of a health declaration form and self-quarantine. Crew members are exempted from these measures. However, they must comply with the regular fit-to-fly requirements. Travellers from certain countries are exempted from the advice to self-quarantine. These exemptions can be found below.
All passengers aged 13 and above travelling to and from Dutch airports must fill in a Health Screening Form. If you report symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, you will not be allowed to board the airplane. The airline you are flying with will provide you with a Health Screening Form. Keep the form with you during your journey. At the destination airport, passengers will be selected at random and asked to show their Health Screening Form. Incoming passengers will receive information about the coronavirus rules in the Netherlands.
Countries within the EU, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom:
Countries outside the EU, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom:
The following groups are exempted from the advice to self-quarantine, regardless the country of departure: