Coronavirus measures in brief

These measures are in place in the Netherlands to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They are in place until at least Tuesday 25 January 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.

At home and at work

  • Stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate. The people you live with do not have to self-quarantine if they tested positive for coronavirus less than 8 weeks ago and have fully recovered, or if they received their booster vaccination at least 1 week ago.
  • If you are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.
  • Work from home. If this is impossible, stay 1.5 metres apart at work.
  • Receive no more than 4 visitors aged 13 and over per day. 
  • Visit no more than 1 household a day.
  • Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors.
  • People aged 70 and over are advised to limit contact with others, including children, and to stay 1.5 metres apart from others.
  • Outside homes, the advised maximum group size for people aged 13 and over is 4. There are allowed to be more than 4 people in a group if everyone in the group lives at the same address.

Most locations closed

Most locations are closed, including food and drink venues, theatres, cinemas and museums. Shops are open. 

  • Essential shops such as supermarkets, pet shops, chemists, opticians and wholesalers may open from 05.:00 to 20.:00.
  • Non-essential shops such as book shops and clothing shops may open from 05.00 to 17.00.
  • Contact-based industries such as hairdressers may open from 05.00 to 17.00.

Ban on events

There is a ban on events. Events are therefore not possible.

Education and childcare 

  • Daycare centres for children aged 0 to 4 are open.
  • Primary schools and secondary schools are open, and secondary vocational schools and institutions for higher education (HBOs and universities) may also reopen for in-person learning.


All sports venues, indoors and outdoors, are open. No time restrictions apply. Matches and competitions against teams from the same club are also allowed. Spectators are not yet permitted at amateur or professional matches. Everyone aged 18 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass for access to indoor facilities.

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.


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.


  • 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 (in Dutch).