Measures announced

Most of the new rules are based on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. These rules can enter into force 7 days after the press conference. In the meantime they will be discussed in the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives. Here you can find out more about these rules and about the changes being made as of 31 March.

Find out which measures apply at present

Most announced

Testing in education

Coronavirus self-test kits will probably be available from mid-April. They can be used in education for risk-based and preventive testing.

  • The government wants higher education students to be able to attend in-person classes again without delay. This will be possible from 26 April at the earliest, and only if the number of infections allows and if educational institutions can offer their students self-test kits.

Pre-admission tests

Pre-admission testing will also provide more opportunities in other sectors. People who want to take part in an event or activity will have to get tested beforehand and will be admitted if they can show a negative test result. This can be done using an app. Depending on how the pandemic develops, this will be tested at small-scale events and activities in the period ahead.

Measures announced and approved

Here you can find out more about the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

Experiments on how to hold events safely

Since mid-January there have been controlled experiments (Fieldlabs) involving attendance at sports matches, theatre performances and business conferences. The goal is to find out how these events can be organised as safely as possible once the situation allows. Read more about the details of the current measures related to events.


From Wednesday 31 March, the curfew will start at 22.00 instead of 21.00. This means that people will not be allowed to go outdoors between 22.00 and 04.30 without a valid reason.