The Netherlands Embassy in Luxembourg has announced the regulations for foreign tourists in the Netherlands; from 15 June 2020, tourists from Luxembourg will be permitted to holiday in the Netherlands again.
Tourists from a number of EU countries, including Luxembourg, can holiday in the Netherlands from 15 June onwards. Foreign tourists must follow Dutch measures to combat COVID-19. Initially, borders will be open only to tourists from the following twelve countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Entry to the Netherlands for tourists from most other European countries will be authorised between 15 June and 5 July 2020. There are currently no plans to allow visitors to travel to the country from the United Kingdom, Denmark or Sweden.
Residents of those countries where travel is permitted and who are planning a holiday in the Netherlands must follow the rules in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules apply to everyone in the Netherlands, including tourists: keep a distance of 1.5 metres away from other people; wash your hands often; avoid shaking hands; cough and sneeze into your elbow; avoid busy places and leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres; use your own vehicle, rent a bicycle or take a taxi. Only use public transport for essential journeys. Non-medical face masks are obligatory on public transport and reservations are mandatory. Travellers must book acoommodation before arriving in the Netherlands. Without valid proof of reservation, they may be stopped at the border. It is vital to avoid busy places, so take this into account when choosing your destination, eg consider going to a different region or city instead of the major tourist hotspots.
In June, the Netherlands relaxed some of the measures introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result, establishments serving food and drink, cinemas and museums are now open for restricted numbers of people. In many cases, it is necessary to book in advance. Consequently, spaces may be limited, for instance cinemas can only host a maximum of 30 people at a time. Swimming pools are open, but showers are not. Shared shower and toilet blocks at campsites and holiday parks are also closed.
Individuals on holiday in the Netherlands who develop coronavirus-like symptoms should arrange to get tested and self-isolate in their holiday accommodation. To make an appointment for a test, call +31 800 1202. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they and any fellow travellers must spend two weeks in self-isolation (quarantine) in their holiday accommodation.
The Schengen area (which the Netherlands is part of) and the United Kingdom have closed their external borders to people from outside the EU except for essential travel. This travel ban applies up to and including 15 June 2020. Anyone coming from a country outside the EU cannot yet go on holiday in the Netherlands. Flights from several countries are also not allowed to land at airports on the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba). This ban also applies up to and including 15 June 2020.