Coronavirus measures in brief

On this page you can read about the coronavirus measures that currently apply until at least 8 March 2022.

Basic rules for everyone

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.

Advice

  • Work from home. If this is impossible: stay 1.5 metres apart at work.
  • Receive no more than 4 visitors a day (not including children under 13).
  • Visit no more than 1 household a day.
  • Do a self-test before visiting others or going to busy places.
  • Wear a face mask where this is required or advised.
  • People who test positive for coronavirus must self-isolate. Anyone who lives with, or is travelling with, someone who tests positive must self-quarantine, unless they received their booster vaccination at least one week ago and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or they tested positive less than 8 weeks ago and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.

All locations open under certain conditions

All indoor and outdoor public spaces can open to the public from 05.00 to 22.00. This applies to:

  • Food and drink venues such as restaurants, cafés and bars.
  • Shops such as supermarkets and clothing shops.
  • Recreational locations such as amusement parks, zoos, play and gaming venues, saunas, spas and tanning salons.
  • Contact-based industries such as hairdressers.
  • Cultural venues such as cinemas, theatres and museums.
  • Sports facilities.

At some locations visitors must show a coronavirus entry pass.

Events

Events are permitted between 05.00 and 22.00 under certain conditions.

  • Events with assigned seats and events with a constant flow of people are permitted under certain conditions. Indoors, the maximum number of people per space is 1,250.
  • Events without assigned seats, such as festivals, are not permitted.

Education and childcare 

  • Daycare centres for children aged 0 to 4 and out-of-school care are open.
  • Primary schools, secondary schools, secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education (HBO and universities) are open.

Travel

  • Within the Netherlands: avoid busy places.
  • Abroad: if you go on holiday abroad, make sure you meet the requirements for entering the country and follow the local rules. Check the travel advice (in Dutch).

Culture and the arts

Cultural activities (such as music and dance lessons) are permitted. No time restrictions apply. Performing for audiences is not allowed yet. Everyone aged 18 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass, indoors and outdoors.

Face masks

The face mask rules have been expanded. You are advised to wear a face mask wherever it is difficult to stay 1.5 metres from others. This includes busy outdoor locations, such as shopping streets, and busy indoor locations, such as at work. You are advised to wear disposable face masks, not fabric or homemade face masks.

Self-quarantine

After close contact with a person who has coronavirus you do not need to self-quarantine if you have no symptoms, and

  • you had a booster vaccination at least 1 week ago, or
  • you tested positive less than 8 weeks ago.

Travel

  • Within the Netherlands: stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Abroad: the Dutch government issues travel advice per country. If you have holiday plans, travel smart. Travelling is still a risk, and will remain a risk. Check the travel advice on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch).