IDFA puts health and safety first. In order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and hold a physical edition of the festival, we will stringently adjust to the present situation in a way that enables audiences and professionals to safely experience IDFA 2020. Our main priority is the health of our visitors, guests, and staff, so for everyone to enjoy the festival and stay safe, we have adopted the measures outlined below. We kindly ask you to follow them so that this extraordinary edition of IDFA goes as smoothly and securely as possible.
On this page, you can find the following information:
Like in previous years, IDFA takes place at various locations. The staff of those locations and our festival staff on site will follow the applicable protocol so that all visitors can have a safe and pleasant festival experience. In addition to the below measures, all cinemas in the Netherlands follow the Protocol verantwoord bioscoop en filmtheaterbezoek van NVBF (only available in Dutch).
You can also find specific protocols for each venue via the links below (only available in Dutch).
If you develop symptoms while being in the Netherlands there are two things to do: stay home/in your accommodation and get tested. If you feel better and have not had any symptoms for 24 hours, you can no longer infect others and it’s safe to go out again.
The main symptoms that often occur with COVID-19 and should be a trigger to get tested are:
An appointment to get tested can be made by calling the toll-free number 0800-1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from a foreign phone). Getting tested is handled by the municipal health services (GGD) and is free of charge. They will explain the process, give you a date, timeslot and location to get tested. Afterwards you will be called back as soon as possible with the result, usually within 48h. If positive you will have to self-quarantine for at least 10 days and someone from the GGD will contact you for contact tracing.
For the safety of all, we discourage international guests from traveling to Amsterdam this year. All activities for industry professionals will be held online. If you decide to come at your own discretion, we must emphasize that we expect you to check yourself whether any travel restrictions are in place, either by your own government or by the Dutch government, and whether self-quarantine is mandatory when arriving in the Netherlands or returning home. We advise you to check before booking a flight and accommodation, and before travelling.
For most countries outside of the EU and for certain countries/regions inside the EU there is a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine period upon arrival. Please check our government’s website on self-quarantine when planning your trip and before departure as measures often change.
There is no official list by the Dutch government which lists all the countries where there are travel restrictions for people traveling from the Netherlands. Please make sure you are aware what regulations are in effect when coming from the Netherlands back to your home country.
Guests traveling from countries/areas listed by the Dutch government as high risk, will have to self-quarantine for 10 days before taking part of the festival. This will be actively checked. IDFA cannot be held responsible for any costs or delay in attendance if such measures by the government are put into effect (last minute).
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) - information about the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Netherlands: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Government of the Netherlands - Information about measures, testing and traveling: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands
City of Amsterdam - Information about local measures: https://www.amsterdam.nl/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-(covid-19)-amsterdam/