Curfew

This page is based on the information available at rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok, with some additional information.


Curfew rules

As of Saturday January 23rd, a curfew applies in all of the Netherlands. Between 21.00h and 04.30h (9pm-4.30am), everyone should remain inside.
As of Wednesday March 31st, this curfew applies between 22.00h and 04.30h (10pm-4.30am).
It is prohibited to be out on the streets during these times unless you have a valid reason. Not having a valid reason, or not having filled out the required form will result in a €95 fine.

Valid reasons to be outside during curfew

There are a few exceptions to the curfew. You can still go outside:

  • In case of a calamity or emergency situation.
  • If you need urgent (medical) care or if you provide urgent (medical) care.
  • If you have to go outside for your work at night.
  • If you are traveling abroad, or return from abroad.
  • If you are walking a dog, on a leash. Do this alone.
  • If you are on your way to/from a funeral and have proof of this
  • If you are on your way due to a court call, or judiciary procedure, and have proof of this.
  • If you are on your way to/from an exam at a recognized educational institution and have proof of this. Educational institutions include post-secondary vocational education, universities of applied sciences, and universities.
  • If you are on your way to a talk show that is broadcasted on live television. As proof, you would need a formal invitation from the producer of this talk show.

To prove that it is necessary for you to be outside past curfew, you have to fill out a form, to be found here (direct download). Having this form digitally does suffice, but on paper is preferred.
If you are outside because of a calamity, emergency situation, or walking a dog that is on a leash, you do not need a form.

If you are outside for work purposes you need both the form mentioned above and a werkgeversverklaring, a declaration from your employer. They should provide you with this form, as they have to sign it for you. It can be found here (direct download).

Falsifying either of these documents is a criminal offense and will be regarded as forgery and will see consequences as such.

These forms are also available in Dutch and Frisian, and will also be available in Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Bulgarian, Papiamentu, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
For a (non-official) translation and guide on how to fill out the form to be outside, please see below.


Why a curfew?

The curfew measure was imposed to reduce everyone’s number of guests and to prevent groups of people from getting together.
This strongly correlates with new, more contagious strains of the Coronavirus. As these are more contagious, it is important to further slow down the spread of the virus and to limit the number of new infections.

This is done now, in order to prevent enormous pressure on hospitals and care institutions and to give them the opportunity to still provide other care. Additionally, slowing down infection rates now also better prepares us for a potential third wave of the virus, expected to hit us in late February.

Relatively many new infections now come from get-togethers with friends and family, and this is worrisome. By no longer being allowed outside at night, fewer people will visit others and fewer people will meet others. This is expected to reduce the infection rate by between 8 and 13%, providing a significant reduction. Unnecessary movements are now easier to restrict, as this can now be fined. This fine is €95.


Guide on the form

It is possible to fill out the form digitally. The blue-gray-ish boxes on the right side of the form are clickable, after which you can provide the required information per box.

Dutch termTranslation/explanation
IkFormal statement that it is you who fills out
the form. Has no box, requires no actions.
Voorletter(s) en achternaamInitials and surname (complete as in passport)
Adres en woonplaatsFirst line, your street address
Second line, postal code and city
GeboortedatumDate of birth
Verklaar hierbij dat ik van (datum)(I) declare that I have to be outside from (date)
tot en met (datum)until (date)
tussen 21.00 en 04.30 uur buiten moet zijn.have to be outside between 21.00h and 04.30h (has no box, requires no action).
(Page 2)
Geef aan waarom u tussen 21.00 en 04.30 uur buiten bentPlease indicate why you are outside between 21.00h and 04.30h.
( O indicates tickbox. Mark one of the tick boxes only)
O Ik moet werken en heb de Werkgeversverklaring Avondklok bij me.I have to work and have a filled out and signed employer’s declaration accompanying this form.
O Ik heb dringend medische hulp nodig of een dier heeft dringend medische hulp nodig. Toelichting:I need urgent medical help or an animal (pet) needs urgent medical help. Explanation: (use the box for an explanation)
O Iemand anders heeft dringend mijn hulp nodig. Toelichting: Somebody else needs my help urgently. Explanation: (use the box for an explanation)
O Ik reis naar het buitenland en kan met (reis)documenten aantonen dat ik daarom tussen 21.00 en 04.30 uur buiten ben.I am travelling abroad and my travel documents show that I need to be outside between 21.00h and 04.30h. (eg. ticket indicating early flight/train)
O Ik ben onderweg van of naar een uitvaart en kan dit aantonen.I am on my way to or from a funeral and can prove this (eg. by invitation to a funeral)
O Ik ben onderweg in verband met een oproep van een rechter, officier van justitie of bezwaar- of beroepschriftencommissie en kan dit aantonenI am on my way due to a court call, or judiciary procedure, and have proof of this. (eg. by showing the official judiciary documents)
O Ik ben onderweg van of naar een live-programma en kan dit aantonen met een uitnodiging van de omroep die dit programma uitzendt.I am on my way to or from a live television broadcast and I have an invite from the broadcaster to prove this.
O Ik ben onderweg van of naar een examen of tentamen dat ik moet afleggen voor mijn opleiding op het mbo, hbo of wo en kan dit aantonenI am on my way from or to an exam at a recognized educational institution and have proof of this. (eg. university schedule indicating exam)
3. Naar waarheid ingevuldForm filled out truthfully
O Ik verklaar dat ik dit formulier naar waarheid heb ingevuldI declare if filled out this form truthfully. (Tick the tick box here)
4. OndertekeningSignature
Plaats (altijd invullen):Location in which the form was filled out (mandatory):
Datum (altijd invullen):The date on which the form was filled out (mandatory):
Handtekening (alleen nodig als u dit formulier uitprint):Signature (only required if you print the form):