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Cycling in times of the coronavirus

Last updated: August 18th 2021

Thank you very much for choosing a holiday by bike, a great way to discover the Netherlands.
Of course we already knew cycling is healthy, but now experts are saying cycling can even protect you from coronavirus. You automatically keep your distance from other people and cycling strengthens the lungs. 

In times of corona things may go a little differently than you are used to during your holiday. We ask for your understanding. 

Please consider the following points of attention:

- Keep 1.5 meters apart from one another, also on the bicycle. An exception is made for persons who belong to the same household.

Bicycles are allowed on the train (NS trains) in the Netherlands, but you must reserve in advance through the website or NS app:
Bicycles on international trains are not always allowed, this differs per type of train. Please check this carefully ahead of your travel plans. 

- Face masks are mandatory in public transport, including ferries, train stations and airports. Also in other areas where 1,5 meter distance cannot be maintained, you might be asked to wear a mask. 
We advise you to take some face masks with you from home. 
In Belgium, face masks are also mandatory in all public areas. This can also be on markets and busy shopping streets

- If you are staying longer than 48 hours in Belgium or returning to Belgium after a holiday elsewhere, you need to fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival. 

Restaurants and cafes are open, with a limited capacity. Hotel restaurants are also open. The exact method for breakfast and/or dinner will differ per hotel and the hotel will inform you of the measures upon check-in. A time slot may apply to dinner due to the measures. We do not know this in advance. If you have booked dinner, please make sure to be at the hotel before 5pm or call if you are arriving later.

- Attractions and museums are open, but require advance reservation. A limited number of persons are allowed to avoid crowds. If you want to visit an attraction and/or museum, we recommend booking a ticket online in advance. Opening hours may differ from the standard opening hours. 

- Some hotel facilities (like swimming pool and wellness) might be closed. 

- Ferry services may have a different timetable than stated in our travel documents, especially in spring and fall. Some small ferries do not run at all. Keep this in mind and please check the current timetable on the internet if necessary.
A Teso boat ticket for Texel island must be purchased online in advance. It is not possible to buy a ticket on the spot with cash.

A ticket for the boat Enkhuizen to Stavoren also needs to be bought in advance: 

- Fines for violating corona measures in the Netherlands are €95,- per person.

- For information about the rules for entering the Netherlands from abroad, please check this website from the Dutch government. Be aware these rules can change depending on the situation in your own country, so please also check this website shortly before arrival to see if there any changes. Proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test might be necessary to enter the country.
For information about the rules for entering Belgium, please check this website from the Belgian government

Changes in the above points may arise in connection with new requirements and regulations imposed by governments, or with new insights. We try to keep this information as current as possible, but are not responsible for incorrect information.

We hope that this list of points does not put you off. The measures have been taken for your safety. We are positive that you can still enjoy a carefree holiday by bike in our beautiful country, but we think it is important that you are aware of the current measures to avoid any disappointments.

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