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Coronavirus and fishing in the Netherlands

Coronavirus and fishing in the Netherlands

The situation related to the coronavirus can change at any time. In the event of a new outbreak, the Netherlands may take strict control measures, such as closing off areas of the country or even closing the national borders to travellers. International anglers travelling to the Netherlands should therefore understand that it is their responsibility to decide if they wish to accept that risk.

If any important changes are made to the travel advisory for the Netherlands, we will communicate them via the website, so remember to check our website on a regular basis. At the moment, anglers from most of the surrounding countries are allowed to travel to the Netherlands to fish. Travellers from countries with a level of coronavirus-related risk comparable to that in the Netherlands are welcome to visit the country (except for the provinces Utrecht, North and South Holland for some countries). However, the borders are closed to unnecessary travel from outside Europe. Check for the most up-to-date travel advisory information before departure. People travelling from countries designated as code Green or Yellow are permitted to enter the Netherlands. 
Here are a few rules for preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the Netherlands. 

Update 24 September

Germany put Utrecht, North and South Holland on the list of risk areas 

The German Robert Koch Institute has added the Dutch provinces of Utrecht, North and South Holland to its list of coronavirus risk areas. German people travelling from North and South Holland must report to the Health Department on their return to Germany and must remain in quarantine for up to two weeks or until they can provide a recent negative coronavirus test result. The quarantine measure does not apply to people who have only transited through North or South Holland and have not stayed there.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against unnecessary and tourism-related travel to these two provinces. In short, if you wish to go fishing in the Netherlands, you should avoid North Holland and South Holland, and consider other provinces instead.

We also advise you to carefully follow the official reports from the German government and use these to assess whether it is currently possible for you to come to the Netherlands on a fishing trip. When in doubt, do not visit the Netherlands.


1.5 meters social distancing

Everyone in the country, including tourists, are expected to comply with the following basic rule: keep at least 1.5 meters distance (two arm lengths) distance from others, even at the water’s edge. All persons aged 13 and older are required to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport. Pay attention to local rules that apply to shops, supermarkets, the hospitality industry and accommodations.

Fishing from a boat

You are permitted to fish from a boat, as long as you keep 1.5 meters distance from people who do not live in your household. Children aged 18 and under are not required to maintain 1.5 meters distance. There is no maximum number of occupants per boat. The number of people allowed on a single boat depends on the composition of the households and the ages of the people on board, as well as the size and layout of the boat itself.

Finally, we recommend that you always check official government announcements when planning a trip.

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