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Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel FAQ

Ferry passengers in Amsterdam wearing face masks
When traveling by public transport in Amsterdam, face masks are still 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.

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Strict Lockdown effective Sunday, December 19, 2021 until at least January 14, 2022

Current Amsterdam Coronavirus Risk Level: Serious

As of September 25, 2021, risk levels are no longer determined per safety region, 1 but rather nationwide.

The current (January 22, 2022) coronavirus (COVID-19) risk level in the Netherlands is 3 (Serious). 2

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic The Netherlands has three risk levels:

  1. Caution
  2. Concern
  3. Serious

The current level — 3 (Serious) — is an indication of the “pressure on the healthcare system due to the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and ICUs.”

[Current Amsterdam Coronavirus Situation] | [Current Netherlands Coronavirus Statistics]. Travel restrictions may apply.

Netherlands coronavirus situation on the Re-Open EU map, weeks 46,47
Re-Open EU map for the Netherlands, Weeks 46-47
Color code used by the Re-open EU website
Re-open EU Color Code

EU countries have agreed on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a colour code for the classification of regions, based on the epidemiological situation there.The Netherlands is currently listed as ‘Red’ (C).

Current Basic Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules in Amsterdam

Last updated December 18, 2021

Strict Lockdown, effective Sunday, December 19, 2021 – until at least, January 14, 2022

In an effort to curb the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, the Dutch government has announced a strict lockdown.

All non-essential shops and services, including restaurants, bars, hairdressers (and other non-medical contact professions), museums and gyms are closed until at least January 14, 2022. All schools will be shut until at least January 9.

Restrictions that were in effect before the Strict Lockdown

These measures first went into effect on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

  • Keep 1,5 meters away from non-family members in places where no corona pass is required
  • Wear a face mask wherever no corona pass is required. Your mask must cover nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Receive no more than 4 guests at home per day
  • Catering businesses (Pubs, Restaurants, et cetera) and essential shops (such as supermarkets or drugstores) close at the latest at 20:00 (8 pm) and remain closed until at least 5:00 (5 am)
  • In cafes and restaurants the corona pass QR code – and “fixed seating” (no milling or standing around) – are mandatory
  • Non-essential shops and service providers (e.g. clothing stores, hairdressers, casinos, sexworkers) must close by 17:00 (5 pm), and remain closed until at least 5:00 (5 am)
  • Cinemas, theaters and concert halls remain open
  • No spectators at sporting events
  • Events – including weddings – are allowed with a corona pass and a maximum of 1250 guests per room, with fixed seating. Must finish by 18:00 (6 pm)
  • If a housemate is infected, he or she goes into isolation. All other (vaccinated and unvaccinated) housemates must be quarantined.

After this so-called ‘blow’ — that puts the brakes on evening activities — the government wants to offer entrepreneurs the option to work with a 2G protocol: only cured or vaccinated people will then gain access to an establishment.

In that case the Test Voor Toegang (Testing Voor Entry) option will then no longer exist.

Amsterdam coronavirus measures are the same as those that apply throughout the Netherlands. Currently the city does not have extra measures.

  • Keep a 1.5 meter distance from non-family members. (And do not hug or shake hands.)
  • The coronavirus entry pass applies to bars and restaurants, events, cinemas and theatres. Now also on outdoor terraces, in gyms, swimming pools and (after a change in the law) in ‘flow-through locations’ such as zoos and amusement parks. Everyone aged 13 and over will have to show a valid coronavirus entry pass to gain admission. Everyone aged 14 and over will also have to show their ID. [Get Tested]
  • Events held indoors without fixed seating can receive up to 75% of the maximum number of visitors and must be closed between midnight and 6 am.
  • Multi-day events may be held on condition that visitors present their coronavirus entry pass every 24 hours.
  • Nightclubs and discos are allowed to open until midnight. Visitors need a valid coronavirus entry pass.
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask at the airport, on aircraft, trains, trams, buses, metros, ferries, and in taxis. Wearing a mask is also mandatory on bus/tram stops, and inside stations. Now also in public indoor spaces such as shops, libraries and town halls. The mask must cover your nose, mouth, and chin.
  • 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

You Need A Coronavirus Entry Pass When Visiting:

  • Horeca (hotel, restaurant, and catering establishments. That includes pubs and cafes.)
  • Outdoor terraces
  • Museums
  • Monuments (inside)
  • Gyms
  • Swimming Pools
  • Cinemas
  • Concerts
  • Festivals
  • Sports (indoors and outdoors)
  • Theaters
  • Zoos (soon)
  • Amusement Parks (soon)

You Do Not Need A Coronavirus Entry Pass When Visiting:

  • Churches, and other religious gathering places
  • Fairs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Parks and other nature areas
  • Personal services (e.g. barbers, pedicures)
  • Shops

Netherlands COVID-19/Coronavirus Statistics

The majority of people in the country are now vaccinated at least once.

Amsterdam COVID-19/Coronavirus Current Situation

Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel FAQ

This section last updated Sunday, August 29, 2021 – 5:46 PM CET

Can I travel to Amsterdam?

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.
(Note: the United Kingdom is not part of the EU/Schengen area.) 

Are there exemptions to the EU entry ban?

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)

What are the rules to enter the Netherlands from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

See this checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from the EU/Schengen area during COVID-19

What are the rules to enter the Netherlands from OUTSIDE an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

Checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area. (Note: the United Kingdom is no longer part of the EU/Schengen area.) 

May I transit or transfer in the Netherlands?

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.

But may U.S. citizens travel to Amsterdam?

No. US citizens are not yet allowed to travel to the Netherlands.

As of September 4, 2021, the United States has been designated a very high-risk area. U.S. citizens are only able enter the Netherlands if they are fully vaccinated or fall under one of the exemption categories for the EU entry ban.

Exempted travellers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. They must also show a negative test result. Proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient.

What about travellers from the UK?

Citizens of the United Kingdom are not yet allowed to travel to the Netherlands.

Currently the UK is considered a very high risk area. That means you may only enter the Netherlands if the purpose of your trip falls under one of the exemption categories. [See this checklist].

If an exemption applies to you, you may still be subject to mandatory self-quarantaine. You must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result — even if you have been vaccinated or have a proof of recovery.

Must I carry a health declaration?


All travellers aged 13 or older who are flying to or from the Netherlands must carry a health declaration. The declaration states whether you have any symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19). You must complete the declaration before your flight. If you have no symptoms you may board the aircraft.

You can print the health declaration and fill it in on paper, or you can complete it digitally on your mobile phone or tablet.

When and where do I need to show a Coronavirus Entry Pass?

This list of basic coronavirus measures shows which activities and events require you to show coronavirus entry pass.

Whenever the Coronavirus Entry Pass must be shown, everyone aged 14 and over must also show ID (identity card, passport or driving licence).

I am visiting the Netherlands to attend an activity. Must I show a COVID certificate and/or negative test?

If you are visiting the Netherlands and would like to attend an activity, you can use your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for this purpose. For instance a DCC that is proof of vaccination or proof of recovery of COVID-19. If you don’t have a DCC, you will need a negative test result to attend. [More details]

Where can I get the Coronavirus test?

Here’s where to obtain a test outside the Netherlands.

Already in Amsterdam? Schedule a Coronavirus test or a vaccination.

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

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).

Note: As of September 25, 2021 the 1.5 meters (5 feet) distance rule was abandoned. However, on November 2, 2021 the government again urgently “urgently advices” maintaining distance from people outside your household.

On November 12, 2021, the social distance rule was re-introduced. It is currently (January 22, 2022) in effect.

Here are the current basic Coronavirus rules.

Amsterdam Coronavirus Testing (Free)

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

Where can I get a NAAT(PCR) or rapid test outside the Netherlands?

If you are travelling to the Netherlands, in many cases you need a negative NAAT (PCR) test result. Sometimes you also need a negative rapid test result. You pay the costs for these tests yourself. 

These tests must be take before you travel to the Netherlands. Netherlandsworldwide.nl, a website operated by the Dutch Government, maintains a list of testing locations in countries around the world.

There are some exceptions to the mandatory negative COVID-19 test result if you are travelling to or returning to the Netherlands. 

For instance, these travellers do not need to show a negative NAAT (PCR) or antigen test result:

  • People travelling within the EU who have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery (a Digital COVID Certificate, for example)
  • Non-EU travellers who have proof of vaccination. proof of recovery is not accepted for this category.

The exemption does not apply to travellers coming from a very high-risk area. These people must follow the rules on testing and self-quarantining. 

About this Article

This article about Amsterdam coronavirus measures was first published on August 24, 2020.

Last updated Wednesday, December 13, 2021. Some minor edits to update the current ending date fr the latest restrictions.

The information on this page is correct and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge. Additional restrictions may apply. Always double-check this information yourself.

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  1. The Netherlands is divided in 25 safety regions. A safety region is an area in which public services and boards cooperate. Disaster- and crisis management teams, fire brigades, medical services, et cetera, coordinate their response to public order and safety issues. Amsterdam is part of the safety region Amsterdam-Amstelland.
  2. This level applies as of November 2, 2021, and has last been redetermined on December 7, 2021
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