Last updated: 17 September 2020

In line with government measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, there are new rules in place for visiting Amsterdam and exploring museums, theatres, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Please keep in mind that these regulations may change depending on how the situation develops, so check the City of Amsterdam’s website for the most current official guidelines.

Essential rules

  • Avoid busy places. 

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people.

  • Leave any destination if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

  • Travel by car, bike or on foot and only use public transport for essential journeys.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Don’t shake hands with others.

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

  • If you feel sick, stay inside your home or hotel.

Travelling to Amsterdam

Travellers from EU countries, Schengen area countries and the United Kingdom can travel to Amsterdam. Travellers arriving in Amsterdam from certain countries and regions with high coronavirus infection rates are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. Please visit government.nl for the current travel protocols and regulations. 

Check Schiphol.nl for the latest information about flights to Amsterdam and always visit your airline’s website to confirm any additional rules that may apply. To avoid crowds in public transport, an extra shuttle is available between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. You can also use the taxi services at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. 

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. 

Hotels and accommodation

Foreign tourists are no longer obliged to reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands.

Public transport

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 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, bus, metro, tram and ferry services. The fine for not wearing a face mask is 95 euros. 

Business travel

There is currently no limit on the number of people that can attend meetings and conventions, but all attendees must observe RIVM guidelines. The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) has issued a coronavirus protocol for business events in the Netherlands, which offers guidelines for organisers, suppliers and delegates of any meetings and events to follow.

Exploring Amsterdam

We are delighted that many of Amsterdam’s cultural venues have reopened, but it is important to visit these destinations safely and responsibly. Consider touring regions or cities that are not part of the regular tourist itinerary.

Crowd control

The authorities will monitor compliance with the 1.5 metre rule and enforce it where necessary. Expect more surveillance near museums and popular tourist attractions. The number of visitors to certain neighbourhoods, for example, De Wallen (Red Light District) will be actively monitored. Additional crowd control includes one-way traffic, additional traffic hosts and matrix signs. Some streets may be closed to ensure safety. Always leave an area when it gets too crowded.

Nightclubs, attractions & sights

Most museums, monuments, parks and beaches are now open, but the safety rules vary depending on the space. Nightclubs remain closed until further notice. For updated information about the coronavirus measures at museums, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and other attractions, check government.nl.

If you have coronavirus symptoms

  • Remain inside. Do not leave your home or hotel room. 

  • Arrange to be tested for coronavirus. Call 0800-1202 to schedule an appointment. 

  • If you test positive for coronavirus, you and any travelling companions must self-isolate in your holiday accommodation for two weeks.

Health resources

Comprehensive information is available on the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website, including a guide to symptoms, when to visit 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 (an English message follows the Dutch one).

For more information, you can stop by the I amsterdam Visitor Centre at Amsterdam Central Station.