Coronavirus and tourism in the Netherlands

The Dutch approach has worked well in bringing coronavirus under control. The risk has certainly not disappeared, but if we continue to follow the main rules, we can gradually allow ourselves more freedom.

  • Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Only use public transport if there is no alternative. From 1 June it will be compulsory to wear a non-medical face mask on public transport.
  • Public venues such as museums, concert halls and theatres are closed.
  • The heads of the Dutch safety regions are authorised to close sites (such as holiday parks, campsites, beaches, shops and parks) and to introduce local emergency legislation. Communal toilets, washing facilities and shower facilities at campsites and holiday parks are being closed.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
    • This applies when you are outside, in shops and at work. It does not apply to family members or other people that you live with.
    • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres reduces the chance of people infecting each other.
  • All bars, cafés and restaurants have been closed.

Frequently asked questions about tourism in the Netherlands

Can foreigners still visit the Netherlands on a holiday?

The Dutch government is discouraging travel of any kind and calling on everyone to stay at home as much as possible.

What are the conditions for day trips? Am I still allowed to travel to the Netherlands from Germany for a day out?

The Dutch government is discouraging travel of any kind and calling on everyone to stay at home as much as possible.

Can I still visit national parks and beaches in the Netherlands?

The Dutch government is discouraging travel of any kind and calling on everyone to stay at home as much as possible.

Are campsites, hotels and holiday parks in the Netherlands closed?

Holiday parks and other recreational sites in the Netherlands must take steps to ensure people stay at least 1.5 metres apart. If this cannot be enforced, the local authorities may close the site. It was decided on 31 March 2020 that communal toilets, washing facilities and shower facilities at holiday parks and recreational sites must be closed.

The owner of the accommodation I have booked says I cannot cancel free of charge. Am I entitled a refund if I follow the government’s advice not to travel? Has the Dutch government introduced a free cancellation scheme?

The Dutch government is discouraging travel of any kind and calling on everyone to stay at home as much as possible.

The Dutch government has not introduced a cancellation scheme. You may be able to arrange a refund through your travel insurer or travel agent.

If your holiday accommodation offers you a voucher, the government encourages you to accept it. But always check the conditions. ACM ConsuWijzer offers consumer advice (in Dutch) on what to consider before accepting a voucher. 

Where can I check what measures have been implemented by the various safety regions?

The Netherlands is divided into 25 safety regions. Each safety region is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of its inhabitants and visitors. The safety regions provide up-to-date information (in Dutch) on their websites:

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