Access to Amsterdam is currently limited. All public venues and non-essential shops are closed until at least 28 April 2021. Some travellers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result when travelling to the Netherlands. Read more.


Current situation, last updated: 14 April 2021.


As of 15 December 2020, the Netherlands is in a strict lockdown. These measures will remain until at least 28 April 2021. Check the current situation and weekly COVID-19 update from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.


Currently, travelling in and to the Netherlands is discouraged. If you do travel to the Netherlands, please remain in self-quarantine for 10 days. Some travellers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result when travelling to the Netherlands. Please visit for the current regulations.


Additional measures during lockdown

  • Go outdoors alone or in groups with no more than two people
  • The following locations are closed: 
    • All non-essential shops for general browsing. Shops can open for pre-booked appointments and click & collect is possible
    • All publicly accessible locations such as museums, theatres, casinos, etc.
    • Restaurants and cafés, except for takeaway and delivery
  • Hotels remain open, but hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available
  • Events (inside and outside) are prohibited
  • There is a curfew between 21:00 and 04:30

Reduced measures are expected in April 2021.

Dutch measures against coronavirus

  • If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people
  • Don’t shake hands with other people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Work from home if possible
  • Avoid busy places and travel only if necessary
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces

For a complete overview of the measures, visit

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Your health and that of fellow travellers is important to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Please read these instructions before your travels, check for the latest information about flights to Amsterdam, and always visit your airline’s website to confirm any additional rules that may apply.

Getting around in Amsterdam

Public transport is used for essential travel only. Allow for extra journey time - that way, if a bus or train is too crowded, you can wait and take the next one.  People aged 13 and older must wear a non-medical face mask on public transport. This applies to train (NS), bus, metro, tram and ferry services (GVB) and taxis (TCA). Taxis can be booked in advance. However, hailing is still possible.


Hosting meetings and events is currently not allowed. However, should you require information on how to host a safe meeting in the future, see below examples of how venues in Amsterdam do everything they can to make you feel safe and welcome:

Find the right venue for your meeting, conference or convention by using our Venue Finder.

Hotels (accommodation and meeting facilities)

Hotels in Amsterdam are welcoming guests. They follow government measures and guidelines and are committed to offering a safe and comfortable stay. However, hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available. Check hotel websites for availability and any specific procedures. 

Check out the overview of our partnered hotels or see below how these hotels are ready to welcome guests:

Is Amsterdam ready to host my event or meeting once it’s allowed?

Yes! Just like you, we can't wait to restart and help you host your next meeting or congress in Amsterdam. But, safety is key. Find out how Amsterdam is getting ready for safe events once we get the chance to welcome you again.

Get inspired: innovative events and hybrid meetings 

Even when coronavirus measures still apply, you can organise a unique, safe and fruitful meeting, conference or event in Amsterdam (as soon as the government allows it). Many of Amsterdam’s meeting and congress venues have already hosted impactful events in COVID times, including events with live audiences as well as innovative hybrid meetings. Read their stories and be inspired.

Amsterdam Convention Bureau is here to help!

Do you have questions about organising your event, meeting or conference? Would you like to receive more information about COVID safety measures of hotels, venues, transportation and restaurants? Our team is here to help you: 

  1. Contact us with any questions you have
  2. Sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest news and get inspiration for your event
  3. Follow Amsterdam CVB on LinkedIn for news, insights and more