Last updated: 25/06/2020
We are delighted that many of Amsterdam’s cultural venues are reopening, but it is important to explore these destinations safely and responsibly. In line with government measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, there are new rules in place for visiting museums, theatres 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.
If you are considering a trip to Amsterdam, you can find additional travel safety information on this page.
Museums and attractions
Museums and attractions are open for visitors, but buying tickets in advance is mandatory. Before visiting a museum, always check its respective website for possible extra security measures. Some museums require visitors to book specific time slots. Theatres and cinemas are currently allowed to receive 30 visitors per room, excluding staff. Visitors will be asked whether they have cold-like symptoms or a fever. Check out our overview of all museums and theatres.
Restaurants and bars
Restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces are open in Amsterdam, but special restrictions apply. You must make a reservation as the number of customers permitted is limited. Upon entry you will be asked whether you have cold-like symptoms or a fever. For outdoor seating, reservations are not required and there are no restrictions on the number of people allowed. However, all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart. Make a reservation at one of our favourite restaurants.
Tour boats and bike rentals
It is possible to take a cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. Visit the canal-cruise companies' websites for specific measures. There are many options for renting boats in and around Amsterdam, but special rules apply. A maximum of two people can be on the boat, including the skipper, and you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Stay informed of developments about boating, for example via this website. Always follow directions from the boat-rental company. Using a rental bicycle is a typical alternative to discover the city.
Parks and outdoors
It can get very busy in the parks and nature reserves in and around Amsterdam. Tests are being conducted in a number of places to keep visitors 1.5 meters apart, including in the Vondelpark and Westerpark. The authorities will monitor compliance with the 1.5 metre rule and enforce it where necessary. Outdoor sports for all ages are permitted, as long as people can stay 1.5 metres apart. If it becomes too busy at certain locations, the authorities can take action. You can use this municipal tool to check which locations may be too busy at any given time. Keep the limited availability of public toilets in mind.
Gyms, fitness centres, clubhouses, saunas, spas, casinos and amusement arcades are currently closed. They may reopen from 1 July.
During your stay in Amsterdam 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 visitors.
- Always maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (approx. two arm’s lengths) from other people.
- Wash your hands often.
- Don’t shake hands with others.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
Comprehensive information is available on the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), 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 after the Dutch one.
Other advice for tourists
- Avoid busy places and consider visiting regions or cities that are not part of the regular tourist hotspots.
- Travel by car, bike or on foot and only use public transport for essential journeys.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus, get tested and stay home.