Visit Alkmaar

From 15 June 2020 it is possible for tourists from a number of countries to visit Alkmaar again. You must adhere to Dutch measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus during your trip. Check this page for all measures.

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Basic Rules for everyone

We can only take the next step forward if everyone follows these rules. During a trip to The Netherlands you must adhere to Dutch measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid busy places.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and self-isolate in your accommodation.
  • Avoid using public transport. (If you have no other option but to use public transport, you must wear a non-medical face mask.)

Check the government's step-by-step plan here.

Restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces

From 12.00 on 1 June restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces will be open again under certain conditions:

  • There's a maximum of 30 guests inside
  • Guests must make a reservation beforehand
  • Possible health risks must be assessed beforehand
  • All guests must sit at tables
  • Guests must stay 1.5 metres apart (except people from the same household)
  • There is no maximum number of people for outdoor seating areas, but all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart

If the situation allows, the maximum number of people could be raised to 100 as of 1 July.

Nightclubs and similar venues will remain closed until 1 September.


Most shops in Alkmaar are open. Shops have taken measures to ensure that people can observe physical distancing, for instance by limiting the number of shoppers.

If you want to go to one specific store, check their opening hours online. All supermarkets in Alkmaar are open at regular times.


All events which require a permit are banned until 1 September. This also includes the cheese market, which will not take place until at least 1 September.



Museums and heritage sites may reopen. Visitors must make reservations and the health risks must be assessed beforehand together with the visitor.

The maximum number of visitors depends on the size of the building.

Public spaces

  • Libraries are open and have taken measures to ensure that library users can keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can admit up to 30 people per auditorium (not counting staff). Visitors must make reservations and possible health risks must be assessed beforehand together with the visitor. Everyone must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
  • VVV Alkmaar Tourist Information is open again.


Hotels are allowed to welcome guests. Hotels may serve food and drink to overnight guests, even if this means serving more than 30 people. Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart unless they are members of the same household.

If there are fewer than 30 overnight guests, hotels can serve other guests up to a total of 30 people.

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