15/09/21 Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry passes

As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. This is a big step forwards. It means restaurants and bars can open to maximum capacity, and all events will again be allowed.

Vaccination coverage is high enough that we can lift the rule to stay 1.5 metres from others. But it’s not yet high enough to do this without putting other conditions in place. Only maximum vaccination coverage will allow us to lift all the measures, protect people with chronic health conditions, and ensure everyone has access to healthcare when they need it.

In November the government will reassess the measures remaining in place for now.

What will change as of 25 September?

  • the coronavirus entry pass system will apply to bars and restaurants, events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sports matches), and cultural venues (such as cinemas and theatres). 
  • Face masks are still mandatory in airports, on aircraft, trains, buses, trams and metros, in taxis and on other commercial passenger transport. Face masks no longer need to be worn in train stations and at bus, tram and metro stops.
  • Education: many measures will be lifted.
  • Work from home if you can, and go to the office if you must.
  • Vaccinated travellers from the United States, the United Kingdom and other very high-risk areas no longer have to self-quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands.

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