After the almost complete reopening of society on 26 June, the Netherlands has faced a surge in Covid-19 infection cases. The Delta variant causes uncertainty. The government, therefore, has decided to impose extra measures during the summer holiday season to prevent the virus from further spreading.


The following measures will be in force from10 July until 13 August 2021:

  • The restaurants and bars can open if seats are provided with a 1.5-meter distance. However, from Midnight until 6:00 am, all restaurants and bars must be closed. In addition, discos and nightclubs must close.

  • Cultural venues may open if the 1.5-meter distance rule is in place. In addition, events cannot last more than 24 hours.

  • Keep parties small and manageable; keep the 1.5-meter distance. 


The government suggests that Dutch tourists check travel advice before going on holidays abroad and that they carefully follow the Covid-19 measures of the destination country. It is also recommendable to prepare the Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) in advance before traveling.


Current travel situation


The Netherlands has updated the very high-risk countries list. The following countries are very high-risk areas based on the Dutch government:


  • Costa Rica

  • Kuwait (from 8 July onwards)

  • Maldives

  • Mongolia (from 8 July onwards)

  • Namibia (from 8 July onwards)

  • Oman (from 8 July onwards)

  • Seychelles


Bahrain and Cabo Verde have been removed from the list since the last updates.