Covid-19 Corona Safety Protocol Netherlands

Safe Travel in the Netherlands

Safe travel to the Netherlands is possible again! The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has affected everyone, worldwide. The Dutch government has put vigilant safety measures in place at the beginning of the pandemic. Now the Netherlands is a safe place again, for tourists to visit and enjoy their holiday. This post provides up-to-date information on the safety measures we take for our guests and the social distancing protocol regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Netherlands. 

Latest update: 01 July, 2020. 

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Your Health & Safety are our #1 Priority!

Our first priority has always been our guests, whom we receive from all over the world. Since the start of our tour business in 2008 our mission  has been to make our guests -you- feel relaxed, safe, and comfortable. We welcome you as our guests and we say goodbye as friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and regulations to fight it, we quickly made the decision to cancel our tours. In March the Corona-virus found its way to the Netherlands. Although not easy to make – as the busy tulip season was just about to start – cancelling the booked tours was the only right decision. Your safety and the safety of our guides is always our top priority.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Netherlands?

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands peaked in The Netherlands during the first two weeks of April 2020. Since April 24th, 2020, the number of infections have dropped dramatically and remained consistently low since May 4th, 2020. As of March 16th, 2020 the reproduction number has been lower than one. Since May 6th, 2020, step-by-step lockdown regulations have been lifted, without negative consequences.

More in-depth information about the current COVID-19 situation in the Netherlands can be found from these trusted sources:

Is it safe to travel the Netherlands?

As of July 1st, 2020, the Dutch government has lifted many lock-down restrictions. This was possible because the number of infected people has been consistently low for over eight weeks, and previous lifted restrictions didn’t have a negative impact on the pandemic in the Netherlands.

To read more about safe travel in Amsterdam and the Netherlands we recommend the following links:

YES, it is safe to travel in the Netherlands

High Quality Medical Care in the Netherlands

Dutch medical care is of high quality. The Netherlands has one of the best and most sophisticated medical systems in the world. Diagnostic laboratories and specialists are widely available in all fields, and prescription and over-the-counter medication are accessible at most pharmacies. Hospitals are well-equipped, and maternity hospitals and other specialized clinics are easily and quickly accessible. Most doctors and dentists speak English.

The Netherlands offers easy access to public health units for a COVID-19 test. Anyone with symptoms can be tested for free.

As always we advise our guests to purchase travel insurance with medical coverage in the Netherlands in case of a medical emergency.

Why Private Tours are Safer

  • It is only your party and the local guide/driver. No one else.
  • You can avoid crowds at busy tourist locations and travel off-the-beaten-path.
  • You will receive a discounted upgrade to a larger vehicle to ensure a safe distance.
  • Your tour is easy to customize, even during the tour!
  • A private vehicle is used, which is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly each day and for every tour.

To ensure the safety of our guests and our guides, we ask everyone to follow simple, but key, safety measures on our private tours.

Avoid crowds with a Holland Private Tour

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

  • We keep 1.5 meters/6 feet distance from each other.
  • Our guests and guides need to be free from COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
  • Our guests and guides cannot have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Temperature checks for guests and guide upon arrival.
  • We ask that you protect yourself and others by:
    • regularly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, regularly (if soap is not available, use hand sanitizer)
    • avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth
    • cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow
    • wear a face mask when it is not possible to keep 1.5 meters/6 feet distance from others (in the vehicle for example)
  • Our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day, before and after each tour with new guests.
  • Our standard vehicle is a 5-seater. We ask you to use the back seats as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer and face masks are available for guides and guests.

With these guidelines in place, it is Safe to Travel in the Netherlands – COVID-19 (Corona).

Smart Guidelines for your Protection Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Discounted Vehicle Upgrade

In order to create more space between people in the vehicles, we offer discounted upgrades on vehicles:
– For groups of 1-4 people, we offer a discounted upgrade to a minivan 9-seater for € 100 (instead of € 200)
– For groups of 5-8 people, we offer a discounted upgrade to a coach 20-seater for € 300 (instead of € 450)

Discounted Vehicle Upgrade Helps to Maintain Social Distance.

Cancellation & Booking Conditions

At Holland Private Tour, we will always put your health and safety first. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to take consistent, careful, and deliberate actions to ensure the safest possibe travel environment for all. This includes a flexible cancellation policy to financially protect guests, so that you can safely and confidently plan a tour with us in the Netherlands.

  • Private tours booked before October 31, 2020, have free cancellation up to 12 hours prior to the departure of your tour. Therefore, you are financially protected if you are suddenly unwell. You also have the option to reschedule or take a travel credit for the full value.
  • For all tours booked between November 1st, 2020 and March 31st, 2021, you may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your tour departure for a full refund minus unrecoverable costs. For cancellations within 48 hours of departure, you will receive a travel credit minus unrecoverable costs.

If you booked through a travel agent or travel advisor, please contact them directly to discuss your options based on their current policy.

If you wish to make any changes to your booking, please contact [email protected], and we will be more than happy to assist you.

If we must cancel a tour due to government-issued COVID-19 restrictions, we will notify you immediately and offer two options for your booking:

  • Transfer the full amount paid to a credit, which you may use for any future bookings, with no expiry date; or
  • Receive a full refund minus any unrecoverable costs.

Note that the above conditions apply only to your Holland Private Tour bookings, and do not include visas, vaccinations, travel insurance or flights. 

Flexible Cancellation Offers Financial Protection.

Note that the above conditions apply only to your Holland Private Tour bookings, and do not include visas, vaccinations, travel insurance or flights.

How about Museums, Restaurants, Hotels and Transportation?

  • Museums and monuments are open. The maximum number of visitors depends on the size of the building. Visitors might be asked about any cold-like symptoms or a fever. Reservations are usually required. Check the museum’s website before your visit.
  • Restaurants, cafés, and outdoor seating areas are open in the Netherlands. Reservations are often required, and all customers will be seated. At all times, you must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from anyone who is not part of your own household
  • Hotels are open. Contact your booked hotel to ask if any COVID-19 regulations apply and if all facilities are available.
  • Transportation
    • Public transportation (train, bus, tram, metro) runs with normal scheduling. Wearing a face mask is mandatory.
    • Taxis are regularly cleaned and sanitized. Drivers are tested for symptoms and fever. Driver and passengers have to wear a face mask. Often, separation screens are in place. Uber drivers have been asked not to work with symptoms, wear a face mask, and regularly clean their vehicle.

Have Questions? Get in touch with us about your travel to Amsterdam and the Netherlands.