Foreign visitors to Amsterdam and corona
Tourists and visitors are welcome in Amsterdam. However, it is important that everyone adheres to the rules that apply in the Netherlands. This is the only way that we can stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These basic rules apply to everyone:
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others (2 arms lengths). This is not necessary if you belong to the same household.
- Avoid busy places: leave an area if it becomes difficult to socially distance.
- Do not shake hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
- Do you have symptoms or mild symptoms? Stay home and get tested.
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
- Use paper tissues to blow your nose and put them in the bin straight after use.
- Non-surgical face masks are mandatory on public transport.
What you should do if you become ill
What if you develop symptoms during your stay in Amsterdam that could be a sign of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Stay in your hotel and follow one of the steps below.
1. Mild symptoms? Get tested at the GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service of Amsterdam)
Mild symptoms of coronavirus include: runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever. Sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19.
You can make an appointment by:
- Calling: 0800 – 1202 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm; also speak English). Please note: you cannot call the 0800 number using a foreign mobile phone. In that case, call +31850659063.
- You will usually be able to get a test done at one of the testing stations in Amsterdam within 48 hours.
- Stay in your hotel and keep a distance from others until you receive your test results.
Negative coronavirus test result
Negative means: you are NOT infected with coronavirus at the time of the test. You no longer need to self-isolate in your hotel. However, keep an eye on your health and adhere to the rules that apply in the Netherlands.
Positive coronavirus test result
Positive means: at the time of the test you ARE unfortunately infected with coronavirus. A staff member of the GGD Amsterdam will contact you to discuss what you need to do.
These are the rules that apply in the Netherlands:
- You may not travel or return to your country of residence. You will need to self-isolate in the Netherlands.
- People who have been in close contact with you here (family, friends) will need to go into quarantine in the Netherlands.
- The GGD Amsterdam will undertake contact tracing, whereby they investigate where you could have contracted the infection (the source) and who you could have infected (your contacts).
- The GGD Amsterdam will inform all your contacts living or staying in the Netherlands that you have COVID-19. They must comply with measures put in place by the Dutch government.
- Were you contagious during your trip to the Netherlands? If so, the GGD Amsterdam will inform the appropriate authority in your country accordingly. They will then inform your contacts.
- You are responsible for arranging appropriate accommodation for self-isolation or quarantine. You will have to bear the costs. If you are unable to arrange this yourself, a suitable location will be sought in consultation with the GGD Amsterdam.
2. Serious symptoms: phone a GP or surgery
Are your symptoms getting worse, are you short of breath and do you have a fever (38°C or above)? Then phone a GP or surgery.