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Amsterdam bans Red Light District tours
26 March 2019 (Edited 26 March 2019)

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Red Light District tours are commonly offered as shore excursions to cruise passengers during Amsterdam port calls.

But now the City of Amsterdam has announced that as of 1 April 2019 Red Light District tours must end by 7 PM (vs. current 11 PM), and that effective 1 January 2020 guided tours of the district will no longer be allowed.

Rationale is: these tours result in disturbances, and are disrespectful of sex workers.

Other changes as of 1 January 2020:

  • Offering free tours and recruiting participants: prohibited.
  • Tour participants will have to pay a tax.
  • Max tour group size to be 15 vs. current 20.
  • Tour guides must meet quality standards and be accredited.
  • Guides providing tours in the city center but outside the Red Light District will need a permit.
  • Violators will be fined up to 2500 euro.

Note that item about tours "in the city center but outside the Red Light District" - that's a direct blow for the livability of Amsterdam and against overtourism. (See Related Articles.)

David Boggs President/CEO ACRO Global|Publisher Tourism Marketer
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