Below is a brief overview of current guidance on COVID restrictions in the Netherlands.
The original content below can be found on the Netherlands Government pages. It is recommended you keep a link to this site as a favorite to check for any changes during the Christmas period. – Coronavirus measures in brief | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl
Basic rules for everyone
- Wash your hands often and well.
- Stay 1.5 metres apart.
- If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.
- Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.
At home and at work
- Stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 metres apart.
- If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate. The people you live with must self-quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated or have had coronavirus before.
- If you had contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus and are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.
- Work from home. If this is impossible, stay 1.5 metres apart at work.
- Receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 and over per day. On 24, 25 and 26 December and on 31 December and 1 January the maximum number of visitors aged 13 and over is 4 per day.
- Limit visits to one a day.
- Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors.
- People aged 70 and over are advised to limit contact with others. Keep 1.5 metres apart from others, also from children.
Most locations closed
Most locations are closed, including:
- Food and drink venues such as restaurants and bars.
- Locations for artistic and cultural activities, such as cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
- Zoos and amusement parks.
- Indoor sporting locations, such as gyms and swimming pools.
- Non-essential shops such as clothing shops, department stores and hardware shops.
A few locations may remain open:
- Essential shops such as supermarkets, pet shops, chemists, opticians and wholesalers may open from 05:00 to 20:00.
- Service providers such as lawyers and notaries may be open for their regular opening hours.
Ban on events
There is a ban on events. Events are therefore not possible.
Education and childcare
- Daycare centres for children aged 0 to 4 are open.
- From Monday 20 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022 primary schools and schools for special primary education will be closed. Out-of-school care facilities (BSO) will also be closed.
- Schools will be open to provide emergency childcare for vulnerable children and the children of key workers in crucial sectors.
- BSO facilities are only open during this period to provide emergency childcare.
- Schools that are unable to put this emergency childcare into place in time must close no later than Tuesday 21 December 2021, as must out-of-school care facilities.
- Secondary schools will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.
- Secondary vocational institutions (MBO) will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.
- Higher education institutions (HBO and universities) will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.
- Accredited (further) education may take place in the evenings.
- All indoor sports venues are closed.
- Professional sports and swimming lessons for A, B and C level swimming certificates may take place.
- Outdoor sporting locations may open between 05:00 and 17:00.
- Within the Netherlands: stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 metres apart.
- Abroad: the Dutch government issues travel advice per country. If you have holiday plans, travel smart. Travelling is still a risk, and will remain a risk. Check the travel advice on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch).