The coronavirus, while not as serious as at the onset, continues to infect people in the Netherlands. Here’s up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Holland, as it happens.

The Dutch government is making cautious steps toward restoring society in the Netherlands to its pre-pandemic condition.

However, the limitations and precautions in the Netherlands are always changing. Keep up to date on coronavirus news in the Netherlands by reading further.

The Netherlands’ coronavirus restrictions

At home, work, and outside

  • Workers may work full-time in the office again.
  • There are no longer any limits to the number of individuals you may bring into your house.
  • There are no limits on the number of people who may attend group activities outside.


  • Starting on February 18, non-essential shops can remain open till 1 AM.

Cafés, bars, and restaurants

  • Cafés, pubs, and eateries can now operate until 1 AM beginning February 18. From February 25, HORECA will no longer be limited in when it may open.
  • Clubs and nightlife will resume operating on February 18th.

Non-medical contact workers (hairdressers, etc.)

  • Other non-medical contact experts, such as physical therapists, nail salons, hairdressers, and other unlicensed practitioners are permitted to operate.
  • Clients of these businesses must wear a mask until the regulation expires on February 25.


  • Theaters, cinemas, and theme parks are all open.
  • Drama and music lessons are permissible.


  • Gyms are permitted to open.
  • Outdoor and indoor sports clubs are accessible.


  • Students in schools at all levels (primary, secondary, trade, and university) are allowed to go back to school.
  • Restrictions concerning in-person teaching are all lifted.


  • People in public places (airports and transports) should use masks from February 18.

General measures

  • In public transportation and airports, everyone older than 13 years should use a face mask.
  • Following a positive coronavirus test, isolation time is reduced to five days if you’ve gone 25 hours without symptoms.
  • The QR code (coronavirus toegangsbewijs, or entrance permit certificate) will be removed on February 25.
  • The Dutch government has announced that, effective March 23, all coronavirus procedures will be discontinued and only regarded as “advice”.

Municipal measures

In addition to the nation’s regulations, local authorities can pass their own rules.

How do I schedule my vaccinations in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, any person aged 12 or older is eligible to be immunized.

The vaccinations are given at the municipal health service walk-in clinics or by calling 0800 7070.

How to get a booster jab in the Netherlands

Booster shots are available to everyone who is aged 12 and older who had their last vaccination at least three months ago.

You can schedule a booster jab appointment online using your DigiD. You may also phone 0800 7070 or go to a walk-in clinic near you if you don’t have access to the internet.

Getting tested for coronavirus in the Netherlands

The Dutch approach to coronavirus testing is critical. There are a plethora of tests accessible.

Test for those that show symptoms

PCR testing is recommended for people who have signs and symptoms of coronavirus. This service is cost-free.

If you want to have a PCR test done, there are plenty of options.:

Until your test results are returned, you’ll need to isolate at home to minimize the chance of infecting others. Then, bring your identification, a face mask, and confirmation of your appointment with you.

It might take up to 48 hours for your test results to arrive.

How to get tested if you have had a close-contact with a coronavirus case

If you have been informed that someone with whom you had contact has coronavirus, you should get yourself tested.

You can have a self-test or a PCR test done at the GGD (Municipal Health Service). If you get a positive test result with the self-test, you should get further testing with a PCR for confirmation.

How to use rapid self-tests in the Netherlands

You can readily get self-tests from Dutch supermarkets and pharmacies. They’re inexpensive, costing less than €5 each.

Student at a Dutch university may be eligible for free self-tests orders.

Visiting the Netherlands during coronavirus pandemic

The Netherlands is accessible to visitors. However, owing to large amounts of coronavirus restrictions, regular travel is practically impossible.

The Dutch government’s website has a detailed information on visiting the Netherlands during coronavirus. 

What measures can I take to control the transmission of coronavirus in the Netherlands?

It’s not solely up to the government to stop the coronavirus epidemic; we all have a role to play in keeping the disease at bay. Here are some suggestions on how you might help:

  • get the CoronaMelder app to aid in contact tracking.
  • stay away from crowded areas,
  • When outside, give at least 5 meters distance from others,
  • don’t touch your eyes, nose, and face, 
  • sneeze and cough in your elbows,
  • put the brakes on the practice of kissing the cheeks three times and handshakes.

Where else can I get more information about COVID-19 from the authorities?

RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) remains the official coronavirus information source in the Netherlands.

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