Corona measures in the Netherlands

‘Permanent’ corona measures

The more ore less permanent anti corona measures in the Netherlands are:

– wash your hands often, 20 seconds per time.
– keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters to all people that do not belong to your household. This rule is no longer applicable (yet still advised) as from September 25th 2021!
– sneeze/cough in your elbow and wash your hands afterwards.
avoid crowds.
– stay at home if your feeling flu-ish. Your relatives should also stay at home if you have fever.
– wear a face mask in public transport;
– work from home if you can, and go to the office if you must.

Entry passes

From 25 September, everyone aged 13 and over will need to show a coronavirus entry pass at bars and restaurants (except takeaways), at events (such as festivals and watching professional sports matches) and cultural performances and showings (such as at cinemas and theatres). This will apply both indoors and outdoors, with and without assigned seats. Everyone aged 14 and over will also have to show their ID along with their coronavirus entry pass.

All food and drink venues must be closed between midnight and 06.00.

All events can now take place with coronavirus entry passes. For events held outdoors, or indoors with assigned seats, there is no maximum number of visitors and no mandatory closing time. For indoor events without assigned seats a 75% capacity maximum applies and the venue must be closed between midnight and 06.00.

Changing corona measures

Other corona measures differ per the phase of the disease and per region. You will find a complete overview of the current measures on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) or on

The Dutch borders are open for travellers from EU and Schengen area countries and, with residence permit or approval letter, travellers from non EU countries. However, if you travel from a high risk area you and your possible relatives aged 12 and above will need to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result upon arrival in the Netherlands, The Dutch government provides information on the requirements for this test. If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration (only when aged 13 or above) and carry it with you.

Moreover, 10 days of self-quarantine are mandatory in a number of cases. You can check if this is the case for you with this quarantine travelcheck. The period of 10 days may be shortened if you do a PCR test on day 5 and the result is negative. From 22 September 2021 onwards fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to self-quarantine upon travelling from a very high risk area.

If you are travelling by air you must fill in a health declaration (only when aged 13 or above) and carry it with you.

Corona tests

Everybody with covid-19 symptoms can be tested. You can even get a test if you think that you have been in contact with a covid-19 patient. Just plan an appointment at or call 0800-1202. Have your BSN ready as this will be asked.

You are expected to stay at home until it’s time to do your test and also stay at home after the test has been done, at least until you know the (negative) result. If you have tested positive you and your possible family members will have to stay at home.

Find more information in the government’s information.

Corona tracking app

If you download the Coronamelder app on your phone and have your Bluetooth on this app will warn you if you have been in contact with a person who was infected. If you receive such a warning you should stay at home for 10 days (or shorter with a negative test on day 5), even if you don’t experience any symptoms.

Do you think you are infected?

Stay at home and make an appointment for a test. After the test, stay at home and wait for the result. The result will be communicated online, you can login with your DigiD. Don’t you have a DigiD yet? We can assist you to obtain one.

You order your groceries online or ask a Settle Service virtual PA to help you. 

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