COVID-19 and tourism and recreation in the Netherlands

Dutch tourists and foreign travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands can holiday in the Netherlands. Everyone must follow the Dutch advice and rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Before travelling to the Netherlands 

If you wish to enter the Netherlands, check these points before you travel. 

Follow the basic rules

Follow the basic rules during your stay in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • If you have symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, remain inside wherever you are staying and arrange to be tested. Call 0800-1202 or +31 850 659 063 to arrange an appointment. 

These basis rules also applies even if you have been vaccinated.

Rules that apply indoors and outdoors

Almost all locations are open

Almost all locations, such as shops, restaurants, leisure locations and cultural venues normally open to the public are open. 

Face masks 

In the Netherlands, face masks must be worn in public transport and other passenger transport, at train stations and bus stops, on aircraft, at airports. This applies to everone aged 13 and over. 

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Attending an event or activity

If you would like to attend an event or activity in the Netherlands such as a bar, cultural event or sports activity, the owner of the premises or event organiser will ask to see a DCC (Digital COVID Certificate) and your ID (mandatory from 25 September). This can be shown with the international QR code on your phone. If you (EU traveler) don't have a valid DCC (proof of vaccination, proof of recovery), get tested for entry. This is free of charge. 

Official guide for visiting the Netherlands