Find information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Amsterdam
Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Dutch government and municipal health services have released information in English on the current situation.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the City of Amsterdam are working closely with healthcare providers to minimise the impact of the disease in the Netherlands, and to communicate information regarding its status to residents and visitors.
Comprehensive information is available on the RIVM website, including a guide to symptoms, when to contact a GP, Q&As, travel advice and updates from the World Health Organisation. A national information hotline has also been created to answer questions, which you can reach on 0800 1351.
If you are showing symptoms related to coronavirus you should stay home and make an appointment for a coronavirus test. Please call the national helpline on 0800-1202 or visit www.coronatest.nl (available in English, use the language selector if necessary). You will be assisted by the public health service (GGD) and given an appointment at a test location near you. Learn more about the testing procedure:
Lockdown until at least 9 February 2021
In response to the rising number of coronavirus infections and hospital admissions, the Dutch government initiated a strict lockdown on 15 December that is set to last until at least 9 February 2021.
All non-essential shops are closed, along with museums, amusement parks and cinemas. Schools and childcare centres are also closed (emergency childcare facilities are available to eligible children). Grocery stores, butchers and bakers remain open, however.
Some businesses are allowed to offer special services for repairs and orders, including bicycle shops and some DIY stores. Additionally, restaurants remain open for takeaway and delivery, though hotel restaurants are closed.
The government is asking that people stay home as much as possible and there are other recommendations regarding socialising, sports and outdoor activities. Home visits should also be restricted to only one person in a 24-hour period. A curfew from 20:30 to 04:30 may also come into force, but this is still being debated by the Dutch parliament.
Currently, the Dutch government is advising people not to travel to the Netherlands unless absolutely necessary, though the borders remain open and there are some exceptions (such as cross-border traffic). Residents of the Netherlands are asked to avoid international travel as well, unless it’s essential.
Anyone entering the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen area must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. If you are travelling from a country outside the EU/Schengen area, you must also complete a negative test declaration form. Additionally, passengers arriving from Ireland, the UK and South Africa must also provide proof that they have tested negative for coronavirus following a rapid test directly before departure. Please note, it is likely that further restrictions for flights from the UK, South Africa and South America will be put in place in the week of 20 January 2021.
Upon arriving in the Netherlands, all passengers are strongly advised to quarantine for a period of 10 days, even if you have been tested and shown not to have the virus.
International travel advice and the negative test requirements are updated regularly. For the latest updates, please visit the official government website.