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Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel FAQ

Current Amsterdam Coronavirus Risk Level: Severe

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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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.

Chart by Re-open Europe showing coronavirus information for the Netherlands
The Re-open EU chart for the Netherlands, updated September 24, 2021

Current Basic Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules in Amsterdam

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

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.

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.

Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID 19) Measures

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).

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.

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?

Detailed information is available on the Netherlands page of the Re-open EU website.

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

Full details available on this Netherlands page of the Re-open EU website.

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. 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.

What about travellers from the UK?

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

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).

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

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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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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