IMPORTANT: Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Amsterdam
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 11:49 PM CET

At present 15.723 people in the Netherlands are infected with the Corona virus. In the Amsterdam region 931 people are infected.

Authorities have issued a number of progressively stricter measures. In the evening of March 23, it was announced that meetings of more than 3 people are banned until June 1. Mayors have been given the power to fine people who break the rules. That includes those who do not keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 foot) from others.

Among other things, this means that King's Day (April 27) will not be celebrated. National Remembrance Day (May 4) and Liberation Day (May 5) will have no public events either.

At the start of the crisis, events including more than 100 people had already been canceled throughout the Netherlands. That measure was to last until April 6. This resulted in the closure of

As of 6 p.m. on March 16, the following businesses and services were also closed:

  • Schools and childcare services
  • restaurants
  • bars and pubs
  • saunas
  • sports- and fitness clubs
  • canal cruises

Coffeeshops (the kind that primarily sell cannabis) initially were closed as well, but the government later allowed them to sell their wares from a take-away window. (This to forego illegal street- and online trade).

By now most Hotels have closed.

Public Transport operates on a greatly reduced 'holiday weekend' schedule since most Amsterdammers stay at home.

Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol may be subject to delays, and is also greatly reduced.

Many flights into and out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are affected by travel restrictions. Due to the greatly reduced number of flights in- and out of the airport, Schiphol has closed down 5 of its 7 piers.

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Anne Frank House is closed until at least June 1, 2020. You can pay a virtual visit instead. Also: What if Anne Frank had a camera instead of a diary?

The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

The popularity of the small museum has made it necessary to introduce a new, online tickets only system, complete with timed entry slots.

While it can be quite a challenge to secure tickets online, there are benefits as well. Earlier, waiting times in the line to the box office easily topped 2+ hours.

Also: after two years of remodeling work the Anne Frank House has been renewed. See what’s new, and why you may want to re-visit.

Keukenhof 2020: seven million tulips and other flowers

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Keukenhof will not open at all in 2020. Pay a virtual visit instead.

Keukenhof, the world’s second largest flower garden, is open just eight weeks a year.

Yet it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions outside Amsterdam, and one of the top excursions in the Netherlands.

Learn when the tulips are at their best, the best days and times to visit, and what the name Keukenhof means.

Van Gogh Museum — Plan Your Visit

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Van Gogh Museum is closed through at least June 1, 2020. Visit the museum online. Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

With 2.16 million visitors in 2018, it is second most-visited museum not just in Amsterdam — but in the entire country of the Netherlands.

We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art.

NOTE: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.

Where is Amsterdam?

Everyone has heard of it, but where is Amsterdam?

And is Amsterdam in Holland or in the Netherlands? Yes.

Plus: we’ll tell you why the Dutch government has ditched the ‘Holland’ moniker and rebranded the country as ‘Netherlands.’

Amsterdam street food delicacy: Herring

Without a doubt, the Dutch street food most frowned upon by tourists, expats, and immigrants, is herring. Squeamish tourists often assume the fish is eaten raw, but that is not the case.

Herring is the Netherland’s national snack: If you’ve never tasted fresh herring you don’t know what you’re missing.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat this Amsterdam street food delicacy. The 2019 Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season starts in June, but herring is enjoyed all year long.