Last updated: 17 September 2021
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.
The government plans to lift the 1.5 metre rule across the rest of society from 25 September.
Avoid busy places.
Wear a face mask in public spaces.
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
Foreign visitors traveling from safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk are welcome in the Netherlands. Some travellers must be able to present a negative Covid-19 test result when travelling to the Netherlands. Travellers arriving in Amsterdam from certain countries and regions with high coronavirus infection rates are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. As from 22 September 2021, vaccinated travellers from high corona risk areas, like the US and UK, are not required to quarantine upon arrival. 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. Travel as little as possible. Travel by bicycle or on foot for short journeys if possible.
Hotels and accommodation
Foreign tourists are no longer obliged to reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands.
Use of public transport is for essential travel only. 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.
There is currently a limit on the number of people that can attend meetings and conventions, 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.
Most of Amsterdam's public venues are currently open. Take additional safety precautions into account. For updated information about the coronavirus measures at museums, cinemas, restaurants, bars and other attractions, check government.nl. Visiting nightclubs and dance festivals is currently restricted. Always check the website of the venue or event for the latest news before your visit.
Face masks are mandatory in shops, airports, hotels and public transport. People cannot gather in groups of more than four people from different households.
The authorities will monitor compliance with the 1.5 metre rule and enforce it where necessary. Expect more surveillance near museums, parks and popular tourist attractions. For example, De Wallen (Red Light District) and Vondelpark 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.
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.
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.