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Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures

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Ferry passengers in Amsterdam wearing face masks
When traveling by public transport in Amsterdam, face masks are mandatory. People who do not wear one, or who wear their mask incorrectly, risk a €95 fine. Shown in this photo by Rinke Dohmen are people traveling on one of Amsterdam’s free ferries across the river IJ.

Amsterdam coronavirus measures are the same as those that apply throughout the Netherlands. Currently there are no additional measures.

Basic COVID-19 Rules in Amsterdam

These coronavirus measures apply in Amsterdam, as in the rest of the Netherlands.

  • Avoid crowds
  • Work from home if at all possible
  • Keep a distance of 1,5 metres (5 feet) between yourself and others (except if they are members of your household)
  • If you have any health issues, such as a cold or flu, stay at home. If you are short of breath and/or have a fever other members of your household must also stay at home.
  • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Use paper tissues and toss them into a bin right-away.
  • Wash your hands

Additional rules:

  • Don’t shake hands, hug, or kiss with non-family members
  • When traveling on public transport, wearing a non-medical face mask is mandatory. The mask must cover your nose, mouth, and chin.

Amsterdam in Partial Lockdown

The Netherlands has been in a Partial Lockdown since October 14, 2020.

The lockdown is an effort to stem the sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the Netherlands [World Health Organization (WHO) statistics]. [See also: Statistics provided by the Netherland’s National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), or the more readable and clearer Coronavirus Dashboard (Netherlands Central Government (Rijksoverheid)]

Partial Lockdown Rules

These lockdown rules apply in Amsterdam, as in the rest of the Netherlands.

Among the Amsterdam coronavirus measures:

  • Curfew:curfew [Government of the Netherlands] applies from 22.00 to 4.30. During curfew hours you cannot go outdoors without a valid reason. 
  • Shops: Non-essential shops are closed.
    • Currently shops can offer a ‘click online and collect at the store’ service. Order online or by phone. There is a minimum of 4 hours between ordering and collecting (in order to prevent ‘fun shopping’)
    • Shopping by appointment is allowed for a limited number of people at a time (depending on floor space); and for a specific, limited time slot. Appointments must be made at least 4 hours in advance.
  • Bars, cafes, coffeeshops, and restaurants are closed. Take-away and delivery sales are allowed, though.
  • Alcohol, Soft Drugs: No alcohol or soft drugs will be sold or delivered between 8 pm-6am
  • Work from home unless there is no other option
  • At home you should receive no more than 1 visitor aged 13 or over to your home per day
  • Outdoors: go alone, with members of your household, or in a group of no more than 2 people
  • Public Transport: use only when strictly necessary. Facemasks mandatory.
  • Facemasks: The use of facemasks is mandatory in public indoor spaces (such as shops, train stations, offices, medical facilities, et cetera) for anyone over the age of 12
  • Hotels are open, but hotel bars and restaurants remain closed

There are other measures as well, governing anything from indoor- and outdoor meetings and sports, to education and child care.

These measures are in effect until further notice.

Social Distancing: One and a Half Meter Society

Social distancing in Amsterdam: the one and a half metre society
Practicing the ‘anderhalvemetersamenleving‘ (one and a half meter society) social distancing rule in Amsterdam.
A view across the river IJ toward Amsterdam Central Station. © Photo Copyright: DutchAmsterdam

We’d better get used to the one and a half meter society as soon as possible, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in April, 2020.

He was referring to the basic rule that people keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) away from non-family members.

The Dutch term is anderhalvemetersamenleving. (By the way, the Dutch find this rule very ongezellig).

Amsterdam Coronavirus Testing (Free)

Are you experiencing mild symptoms consistent with those associated with the coronavirus? You can get tested free of charge by GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service of Amsterdam)

Mild symptoms can include a head cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or fever. In addition, sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

If you have any of these symptoms, remain inside. In addition to observing the basic Amsterdam coronavirus measures, do not leave your home or hotel room.

Make sure you get tested.

For details, visit coronatest.nl. The site is operated by the Dutch government.

You need a DigiD [What is DigiD?] to log in and make an appointment. If you do not have a DigiD call 0800-1202 to make a test appointment. You can do this every day from 08:00 to 20:00.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus test, call the Dutch public information number: 0800-1351


This article about Amsterdam coronavirus measures was first published on August 24, 2020. It was last updated on March 19, 2021.


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