The following information is valid after 15 June 2020.
Travelling to Amsterdam
Foreign tourists from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands are welcome to spend their holidays in Amsterdam this summer. For the latest information about flights to Amsterdam, please check Schiphol.nl. Always check the website of your airline which extra rules 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 must reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands. You may be stopped at the border if you do not have a valid reservation at a hotel, hostel, campsite or other accommodation. Hotels may serve food and drink to overnight guests, even if this means serving more than 30 people. Everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart unless they are members of the same household.
Public transport should be used for essential travel only. To get around tourists should use their own vehicle or, for example, rent a bike. On public transport, available seats and standing places will be indicated. Initially around half the number of regular seats will be available. Everyone over the age of 13 is obliged to wear a 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. The Visitor Information Centre at Amsterdam Central Station is open.
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.