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The Netherlands is divided into 25 safety regions. 1 Amsterdam is part of the Amsterdam-Amstelland safety region.
The current (September 27, 2021) coronavirus (COVID-19) risk level in the Amsterdam-Amstelland safety region is Severe. The risk level was last updated on Friday, 24 September. NOTE: From September 25, 2021, one risk level will apply for the entire country. We will provide updated information when it becomes available.
At this time the Amsterdam-Amstelland region remains one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the Netherlands. [Current Amsterdam Coronavirus Situation] [Current Netherlands Coronavirus Statistics]. Travel restrictions may apply.
Table of contents
- Current Amsterdam Coronavirus Risk Level: Severe
- Current Basic Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules in Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID 19) Measures
- Netherlands COVID-19/Coronavirus Statistics
- Amsterdam COVID-19/Coronavirus Current Situation
- Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel FAQ
- Social Distancing: One and a Half Meter Society
- Amsterdam Coronavirus Testing (Free)
- Read Next: Amsterdam Tourism and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Amsterdam coronavirus measures are the same as those that apply throughout the Netherlands. Currently the city does not have extra measures.
- 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. Schedule a coronavirus test
- Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Use paper tissues and toss them into a bin right-away
- Wash your hands frequently
- 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.
Next Evaluation: Mid-September
September 27, 2021 — These basic rules continue to apply. The Dutch government will on September 17, 2021, decide how and when the final step of the reopening plan can be taken. This will involve lifting the 1.5 meter rule and the other basic rules.
Note that the central Government can and does re-introduce specific measure in areas of the country where coronavirus infections are on the rise.
Updated Sunday, August 29, 2021: Amsterdam Risk Level
The current Amsterdam Risk Level remains Severe. NOTE: From September 25, 2021, one risk level will apply for the entire country. We will provide updated information when it becomes available.
Cafes, bars, and restaurants close at midnight. In the catering industry, a fixed seat remains mandatory.
Nightclubs and discotheques remain closed.
The ‘Test for Access‘ (Testen voor Toegang) system 2 is valid for 24 hours.
The ‘Test for Access’ system is suspended for clubs and concert halls — but not for venues with seating (e.g. theaters and sports stadiums).
The majority of people in the country are now vaccinated at least once.
- Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands – Source: World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.
- Current information about COVID-19 – Source: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu)
- Coronavirus Dashboard – Source: Netherlands Central Government (Rijksoverheid)
- Current Coronavirus Situation in the Municipality of Amsterdam – Source: Netherlands Central Government (Rijksoverheid)
- Current Risk Level in Safety Region Amsterdam-Amstelland – Source: Netherlands Central Government (Rijksoverheid). See also: Risk levels for all safety regions in the Netherlands.
This section last updated Sunday, August 29, 2021 – 5:46 PM CET
Currently travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands can enter the country.
Keep in mind that an EU entry ban is still in effect for travellers from countries outside the European Union. This ban also covers the Schengen area.
Yes, there are a number of EU entry ban exemptions. For instance, you are a key worker, need to visit a terminally ill family member, or you are a non-Dutch national who falls under the arrangement for partners in a long-distance relationship.
In addition, if you are travelling from a non-EU country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country), you may travel to the Netherlands. The EU entry ban does not apply to you. See the list of safe countries outside the EU.
See also Frequently Asked Questions about entering the Netherlands (EU Travel Ban)
Detailed information is available on the Netherlands page of the Re-open EU website.
Full details available on this Netherlands page of the Re-open EU website.
Consult this checklist for transit or short stay in the Netherlands. Short stay in this context refers to travelling by car or motorcycle and staying in the Netherlands for a short period of time (less than 12 hours). It does not allow for tourist-type activities.
No. As of June 24, 2021 US citizens were permitted to enter the Netherland.
However, as of September 4, 2021, the United States has been designated a very high-risk area. U.S. citizens will now only be able enter the Netherlands if they are fully vaccinated or fall under one of the exemption categories for the EU entry ban. They are also required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival as of 4 september 9:00 am. As of 6 September, they must also show a negative test result. Proof of recovery or vaccination will no longer be sufficient.
Citizens of the United Kingdom are not yet allowed to travel to the Netherlands.
Social Distancing: One and a Half Meter Society
Get used to the one-and-a-half-meter society as soon as possible. That was the warning Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave 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. (And yes, the Dutch find this rule very ongezellig).
Are you experiencing mild symptoms consistent with those associated with the coronavirus? 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 a coronavirus test.
For details, visit coronatest.nl. (Website 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. Last updated Sunday, August 29, 2021 to include the current Re-open EU map, updated Amsterdam severity level, and some minor edits.
- A safety region (veiligheidsregio) in the Netherlands is an area in which various public services and tasks are coordinated by a number of municipalities. This includes public order and safety, disaster and crisis management, as well as fire and medical assistance. Organizations include police, justice department, Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), et cetera. ↩
- You need to complete the Test For Access (Testen voor Toegang) test if you are going to a cultural, social, or sporting activity or event for which you need a valid corona admission ticket. ↩
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