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. This will help prevent the virus from spreading.

COVID-19 symptoms? Stay home and get tested as soon as possible

If you have symptoms, avoid infecting other people.

  • Stay at home and make an appointment to get tested
  • Even if your symptoms are only mild, like a runny nose. 
  • Stay at home while you are waiting for your test results.

Rules that apply indoors and outdoors

All locations open

All indoor and outdoor public spaces are open. The basic rules to control the spread of coronavirus apply everywhere. Site managers must take hygiene precautions, for example providing disinfectant hand gel and handwashing facilities. Some restrictions still apply. 

  • Venues in certain sectors can only be open if they use the coronavirus entry pass system.
    • They are not allowed to opt for alternative measures like physical distancing instead. 
  • Opening hours for restaurants, bars and nightclubs are still restricted. They must be closed between midnight and 06.00. Takeaway is allowed between these times. 

Settings in which face masks are mandatory

Wearing a face mask is required by law in the following settings:

  • on trains, buses, trams and metros, in taxis and on commercial passenger transport; and
  • on aircraft and at airports (from the security checks onwards)

On aircraft and public transport you must keep your face mask on at all times, even while seated. You are not required to wear a face mask on platforms, at stops or in stations.

See also

Attending an event or activity

From 25 September 2021 everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass at certain locations, for example, to go to a bar or restaurant, an event, the cinema or theatre, or attend a professional sports match as a spectator. 

If you (EU traveler or non-EU traveler) don't have a valid EU-DCC (proof of vaccination, proof of recovery), get tested for entry. This is free of charge. 

Official guide for visiting the Netherlands