The Netherlands in Lockdown
On Monday, 14 December, Dutch Prime-Minister Rutte announced that The Netherlands will go into its strictest lockdown yet from 15 December until at least Tuesday 19 January. Restaurants and cafes have been closed since October. The lockdown means that venues such as museums, theatres, amusement parks, zoos, casinos, saunas, indoor sporting venues, and establishments serving food and drink (including in hotels) will be closed throughout this period. Shops such as clothing stores, shoe shops, jewellery shops and shops selling craft supplies will also be closed. The government's aim in this regard is to limit contact between people as much as possible. Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers and other shops where food is sold can remain open, as can establishments such as pharmacies, chemists and petrol stations. The Dutch Government urges everyone to stay at home as much as possible, including during the festive season. People should also continue to work from home, unless it is absolutely necessary that they go into work. The government is also advising people to receive no more than 2 people aged 13 or over at home per day. There is an exception to this on 24, 25 and 26 December: then, up to 3 people can visit, excluding children under 13. Outside, the maximum group size is 2 people, including during the festive period. The Dutch government advises its citizens not to book any trips until mid-March, unless strictly necessary.
Overview of measures
From Tuesday 15 December to 19 January inclusive:
- Only go outdoors alone, with members of your household or in a group of no more than 2 people.
- You should receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 or over to your home per day.
- A number of locations will be closed:
- Shops (except those selling essentials like foods)
- Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.
- Zoos, amusement parks, etc.
- Indoor sporting venues such as gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas, etc.
- Restaurants, bars and cafés
- Hotels will be open, but hotel restaurants will be closed and room service will be unavailable.
- You are strongly advised to work from home.
- Adults may take part in sports activities on their own or with one other person, but only outdoors. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outdoors.
- Public transport is for essential travel only.
- Do not book any foreign travel until mid-March at the earliest and do not travel abroad.
- The only contact-based professions that can continue are those of a medical and paramedical nature.
Read the full press-release here: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/news/2020/12/14/lockdown-in-order-to-minimise-contact-between-people
Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad
You are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless it is strictly necessary. Please note that Norwegian government also advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. If you do travel to the Netherlands, the Dutch government strongly advises you to self-quarantine for 10 days. Per 15.12 travellers from the City of Oslo and the counties of Vestland and Viken will need to the self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. In certain circumstances entry restrictions to the Netherlands are being eased and exemptions to the travel ban apply. Whether you can travel to the Netherlands depends on your situation. Upon return to Norway, anyone returning from red countries or areas (this includes per 15.12 the Netherlands) must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway.
Embassy closed during the lockdown
During the lockdown, the Norwegian Embassy in The Hague will remain closed for visitors until further notice. During normal weekdays, the Embassy will be available by email: email@example.com or by phone (between 10AM and 12PM): Tel: +31 (0) 70 311 7611 (From Norway: Tel. 23 95 80 00). Please note that the Embassy will be closed on 24 & 25 December and 1 January.