Amsterdam travel advice: Can I travel to Amsterdam? Is Amsterdam on lockdown?

Amsterdam is a destination visited by around one million Brits each year, with picturesque canals, popular museums and quaint cafes. Just a short flight or ferry from the UK, the Netherlands is easily accessible, but with the spread of coronavirus travel has been complicated of late.

So called travel corridors have been instated between the UK and other countries, in a bid to get the travel industry back on track.

However the list of countries Brits can visit can be reduced at a moments notice, if data shows a spike in COVID-19 infections.

The British Government has been unafraid to impose quarantine measures for countries which have an increase in cases.

Once a country has been removed from the travel corridor list, any Britons returning to the UK must isolate for 14-days upon their arrival.

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Can I travel to Amsterdam? Is Amsterdam on lockdown?

Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands.

The FCO says this due to the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The number of coronavirus cases declared in the Netherlands in the past week were 3,588.

However, this is on the decline, as the figure above is 425 fewer confirmed cases than the week before this.

The R number across the Netherlands currently stands at one, which means for every one person infected, another person will catch the virus.

The FCO advises any travellers to the Netherlands to follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures they bring in to control the virus.

If you still opt to travel, there are some entry requirements travellers should be aware of.

Most of those arriving into the Netherlands from the UK will not be advised to self-isolate upon arrival in the Netherlands.

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The exception to this is travellers from Aberdeen, who are advised by the Dutch Government to self-isolate for 10-days on arrival.

If you are travelling to or from the Netherlands by air you must complete a health screening form and have it ready to show on request during your journey, whether you are at the departure airport, on the aircraft or at the arrival airport.

When in the Netherlands, there are rules in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This includes the wearing of non-medical face masks on public transport if you are aged 13 and over.

If you do not wear a face mask on public transport you can be fined €95 (£84.72).

In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but you must stay 1.5 metres away from others.

In Amsterdam, from August 5, all people aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in certain places in Amsterdam where it can be particularly busy.

For eating out in the Netherlands, reservations must be made (either in advance or at the door) for restaurants, cafés and bars.

All places must carry out pre-entry health checks and have assigned seating for customers (at either a table or the bar).

This applies both outdoors and indoors and regardless of the size of the establishment.

Returning to the UK after visiting the Netherlands, Britons will be asked to isolate for 14 days.

On arrival into the UK you must provide your journey and contact details, and if you don’t you could face a fine of up to £100.

You must fill out the form online, and when you arrive at the UK border you’ll need to show either:

  • a printed copy of the document attached to your confirmation email
  • the document attached to the confirmation email on your phone

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