Rules for tourism businesses and events

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

Due to the partial lockdown, most events are banned. Exceptions are in place. Read the rules per sector.

Lockdown in the Netherlands

The lockdown in the Netherlands is still in place, and so is the curfew. Check The coronavirus and your company to see what this entails.

Events

Most events are banned until further notice. Exceptions are:
  • demonstrations, meetings and gatherings as defined under the Public manifestations Act (Wet openbare manifestaties in Dutch)
  • foodstuffs markets

Subsidy for cancelled events per 1 July 2021

From 1 July 2021, events organisers will be able to organise events such as festivals and concerts again. If the event then has to be cancelled due to new coronavirus restrictions, the government will refund any costs incurred in the planning and organising of the event: 80% will be a gift, the rest a loan. Thie scheme applies to events scheduled between 1 July and 31 December 2021. For further details of the scheme see Subsidy scheme for events cancelled due to corona measures.

Access to events pilot

Cultural, sports and events organisers will be staging a number of pilot access events in April. A limited amount of registered visitors, who can show a negative test result for covid-19, may visit a zoo, museum, or other cultural or tourist venue, practice sports, or attend a business meeting. To read more about the initiative (in Dutch), go to the Rijksoverheid website.

Hospitality businesses

  • Hotels are allowed to be open for guests who come to spend the night. Hotels are not allowed to serve food until further notice. No alcoholic drinks may be served after 20:00 hours. Guests must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other.
  • Other hospitality businesses, like cafes and restaurants, including terraces, must remain closed. They may offer takeaway food.
  • Discotheques and nightclubs are to remain closed.

Holiday camps and campsites: conditionally opened

Holiday camps and campsites are allowed to be open, under certain conditions. Visitors must be able to observe the RIVM guidelines on keeping 1.5 metres distance and hygiene, also at the common toilets, washing rooms and shower facilities.

Coaches and other recreational vehicles

Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all public transport. On holiday coaches, taxis or recreational vans, a health check must be performed, and if there is more than one passenger, face masks are also required. It is strongly recommended to work with reservations.

Tourism businesses

Tourists must check with their country's administration before travelling to the Netherlands. Tourism businesses may offer vouchers to visitors who decide not to come.
For travelling outside the Netherlands: read the Government.nl advice.
Tourism insde the Netherlands is possible, but restricted. See the Government.nl FAQs.

Fixed costs reimbursement for event organisers and suppliers

Entrepreneurs in the events sector and their suppliers who have received TVL for the summer months (June through September 2020) but cannot reach the turnover threshold for Q4 2020 and Q1 2021, will be eligible for a reimbursement (Vaste Lasten Evenementenbranche (VLE), in Dutch). You can apply for VLE Q1 2021 from 26 April through 26 May 2021. Read more on the TVL page.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK