COVID-19 Regulations

COVID-19 Regulations

This page will be updated regularly in accordance with the most current information regarding COVID-19

The basic rules:

  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms: stay at home and get tested by the municipal health service (GGD), even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • If you test positive, stay at home and avoid contact with others, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • 1.5 metres is a safe distance. Protect yourself and others.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.

Face masks mandatory in more places

From 6 November, face masks will be mandatory again at more locations. You must wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces where coronavirus entry passes are not required. This includes:

  • inside all buildings accessible to the public and in covered areas where coronavirus entry passes are not required, such as:
    • supermarkets, shops, libraries, play and gaming venues, amusement parks, etc.; 
  • on public transport, at stations (including shops at stations), on platforms and at bus and tram stops;
  • at airports and on aircraft;
  • when moving around secondary vocational schools (MBO) and higher education institutions (HBO and universities). You can take your face mask off when seated;
  • where necessary, in the case of contact-based professions. This applies to both the client and the service provider.

You must wear a face mask in these places. If you do not, you risked being fined €95.

Coronavirus entry pass required at more places

From 6 November, coronavirus entry passes will be required at more locations. Using the entry pass system reduces the likelihood of the virus circulating at these locations. Only admitting people who have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated or have tested negative considerably lowers the risk of infection for all visitors. Although the system cannot rule out the possibility of becoming infected, it does ensure that people can come together as safely as possible. It also helps to keep most locations open at full capacity.

It is important that all locations where a coronavirus entry pass is required scan the pass and check the person’s ID. All visitors must show their personal QR code and a valid form of ID.

Coronavirus entry passes are required from 6 November: 

  • at establishments serving food and drinks, both indoors and in outdoor seating areas, except for takeaway;
  • at casinos;
  • at cultural locations such as theatres, music venues and cinemas;
  • at locations where there is a continuous flow of visitors in sectors where coronavirus entry passes are already required. This includes museums and historic buildings;
  • at events with a continuous flow of visitors who do not have an assigned seat, such as fun fairs and certain sports events;
  • at events such as festivals and live performances, whether or not visitors have an assigned seat;
  • at business events, such as trade fairs and conferences;
  • for spectators at professional and amateur sports matches and competitions. Spectators under the age of 18 at amateur sports matches and competitions are exempt from this requirement;
  • when taking part in organised sports activities from the age of 18. This includes gyms, group lessons, football and swimming. This applies to participants and spectators at all indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including sports canteens and clubhouses;
  • when taking part in artistic and cultural activities from the age of 18, such as music and painting lessons and singing, dance and theatre rehearsals.

Organised activities for children aged under 18 are exempt from the coronavirus entry pass requirement.

You can get a coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry. For people without proof of vaccination or recovery, getting tested for entry will remain free of charge.

Before the Conference

General Corona requirements (based on the Dutch COVID-19 law for events held in the Netherlands)

  1. Participants were fully vaccinated 14 days or more ago; or
  2. They can prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months, or;
  3. Participants who are NOT vaccinated need a negative PCR (max. 48h before departure) or antigen test (max. 24h before departure)not older than 24 hours before the entrance to the event.
  4. Everyone needs to fill in the health declaration before leaving the country here.
  5. We strongly advise you to check the corona measurement here before your departure, as the law could change at any time.
  6. You can check your trip in detail depending on the country you are coming in from here.

Corona requirements for participants from the United Kingdom (based on the Dutch COVID-19 law for events held in the Netherlands)

  1. The UK is currently listed as “very high risk area” in the Dutch Government list.
  2. If you come from the United Kingdom, you must submit a NAAT/PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old before departure to the Netherlands or an antigen test that is no more than 24 hours old before departure. Even if you have been vaccinated or recovered.
  3. If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to go into quarantine
  4. You must always carry a quarantine certificate with you, even if you fall under the exception of the mandatory quarantine. Here is the link to fill in the quarantine certificate/form.
  5. You need to fill in the health declaration before leaving the UK.
  6. Please check this link for more information.
  7. You can check and plan your trip in detail here.

After arrival/during the Conference

  1. Corona tests can be arranged for free in the Netherlands. The link to book a test is https://www.testenvoortoegang.org/ (the website is also accessible in English if you want to have more information about it). The results will be sent to the registered email address within 15 minutes after the test has been made. If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact us l.fiedler@efdn.org or s.slaats@efdn.org.
  2. At the entrance of the venue, each participant will need to show the Corona QR-code before entering the venue.

After the Conference

For travellers with a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate, the urgent advice is to take a self-test before meeting others or going back to work.


Please be aware, in case a participant needs to do a test here in the Netherlands and will be tested positive here and needs to go into quarantine, EFDN will NOT cover the extra costs (extra nights at the Hotel due to quarantine and a new flight to travel back home ). These extra costs will be on the participating organisation.