👋 Goodbye and good riddance! While COVID-19 still exists, cases in the Netherlands have dropped significantly. On June 16, 2023, the Dutch government downgraded COVID-19 from A-Status. This removed the obligation to report infections and stops the possibility of introducing legal restrictions to control the spread. As a result, as of June 22, 2023, this article is no longer updated daily, weekly, or monthly — and we couldn’t be happier. Stay vaccinated, kids!
Coronavirus, while milder than before, continues its presence in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government has taken huge steps toward returning society in the Netherlands to its pre-pandemic state.
However, the restrictions and measures in the Netherlands are constantly changing. Stay up to date with the latest information on coronavirus in the Netherlands below.
- ⛔️ Current coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands
- 💉 Vaccinations & booster shots against coronavirus in the Netherlands
- 🧪 How to get a coronavirus test in the Netherlands
- 🛫 Travelling to the Netherlands during the coronavirus
- 🧼 What can I do to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands?
- ❓ Where can I find more information about COVID-19 from the officials?
⛔️ Current coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands
🏡 At home, work, and outside
- Workers can return to work in the office full-time.
- There are no longer restrictions on how many people you can invite into your home.
- Outside, there are no restrictions on group sizes.
- Non-essential stores are allowed to be open, and no longer face any restrictions on opening times.
☕️ Cafés, bars, and restaurants
- HORECA (cafés, bars, and restaurants) will no longer face any restrictions on opening times.
- Clubs and nightlife have been allowed to open again.
💇♂️ Non-medical contact workers (hairdressers, etc.)
- Hairdressers, nail salons, physiotherapists, and other non-medical contact professionals are allowed to operate.
- There is no official requirement to wear a mask, but individual establishments may have their own rules.
- Cinemas, theatres, and theme parks are open.
- Music and drama lessons are allowed.
- Gyms are open.
- Indoor and outdoor sports clubs are open.
- All schools (primary, secondary, trade, and university) are allowed to reopen.
- There are no longer any restrictions regarding in-person teaching.
- As of December 21 2021, wearing a face mask isn’t required in the Netherlands, even on public transport.
🙌 General measures
- Face masks are no longer required on public transport.
- The isolation advice after a positive coronavirus test is shortened to five days, given that you’ve gone 25 hours without symptoms.
- The QR code (coronavirus toegangsbewijs) has disappeared from February 25, 2022.
- Since March 23, 2022, all coronavirus measures have been abandoned by the Dutch government and are only considered “advice”.
👩⚖️ Municipal measures
- In addition to the national measures in place, municipalities can also implement their own measures.
💉 Vaccinations & booster shots against coronavirus in the Netherlands
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How to get vaccinated in the Netherlands
Everyone over the age of 12 is allowed to be vaccinated in the Netherlands.
Vaccinations are given at the GGD (Municipal Health Service) walk-in centres or by calling 0800 7070.
How to get a booster shot in the Netherlands
Booster shots are available to everyone who is aged 12 and older who had their last vaccination or tested positive for coronavirus at least three months ago.
You can make a booster appointment online using your DigiD. Alternatively, you can call 0800 7070 or see if there is a walk-in clinic near you.
🧪 How to get a coronavirus test in the Netherlands
Testing is an important aspect of the Dutch approach to coronavirus.
Testing if you have symptoms
In March of 2023, the Dutch government decided to close down all GGD testing facilities.
From March 17, people who need a test or proof of recovery (to travel to countries that require one, for example) will have to go to private testing facilities in order to do so.
All costs will have to be covered by yourself.
TIP: If you’re on holiday in the Netherlands and develop symptoms, you can also receive a test. You can find a commercial test centre online.
It typically takes up to 48 hours to receive your test results.
Testing if you have been a close-contact of someone with coronavirus
In March 2023, the Cabinet decided that self-tests are no longer required and you no longer need to stay at home if you have any symptoms.
If you still wish to take a PCR test after having been in contact with someone with coronavirus, you can visit a private testing facility.
Using rapid self-tests in the Netherlands
Though self-tests are no longer required, they remain available from Dutch pharmacies and supermarkets. They’re affordable, at less than €5 each.
If you’re a student at a Dutch university, you may also be able to order free self-tests.
In most testing kits, there are printed English instructions available.
🛫 Travelling to the Netherlands during the coronavirus
Travelling to the Netherlands is open for most people, with few restrictions in place.
For full information on travelling to the Netherlands during the coronavirus, refer to the Dutch government website.
🧼 What can I do to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands?
It’s not just up to the government: we all need to do our share to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. Here are some tips for how you can help out:
- download the CoronaMelder app to assist in contact tracing.
- avoid crowded areas,
- keep a safe distance from other people and when outside,
- avoid touching your face, especially the T-area where your nose and eyes are.
- if coughing or sneezing, do so in your elbows,
- avoid handshakes and kissing people three times on the cheeks.
❓ Where can I find more information about COVID-19 from the officials?
The official source for information on coronavirus in the Netherlands is RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
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