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What do the colour codes for government travel advice mean?
Before you go on holiday, always check the travel advice for your holiday destination to avoid any unpleasant surprises while travelling. The travel advice issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is marked with four colour codes. Below you can read what the colour codes mean for your holiday:
- Code green
Countries with code green currently have no corona measures that affect your holiday and travel enjoyment.
- Code yellow
Countries with code yellow currently have no corona measures that affect your holiday and travel enjoyment. Please note that there are safety risks, though.
- Code orange
Countries with code orange have implemented corona measures that disrupt daily life. These countries may also be subject to an entry ban. Travelling to these countries is not recommended. Are you going anyway? Then you will have to spend 14 days in home quarantine on your return.
- Code red
Countries or areas with code red are completely closed off. No date for lifting the entry and exit ban is known at this moment. Travelling to these countries is not recommended. Are you going anyway? Then you will have to spend 14 days in home quarantine on your return.
Can I go abroad again for the summer holidays?
From 15 June onward, you can go on holiday to most other countries in the EU again. The borders are open and travel advice is relaxed from code red or orange to code yellow. This does not apply to all European countries, nor to countries outside the EU. Check the website Netherlands Worldwide for the most up-to-date travel advice for your holiday destination. Please note: the travel advice can be changed at any time.
Can I travel to a country or area with a code orange or red travel advice?
Travelling to countries or areas with a code orange or red travel advice is strongly discouraged by the government. The coronavirus disrupts daily life here and the risk of infection is high. However, the travel advice is not binding. You can personally decide whether your trip will continue, unless an entry ban applies to your travel destination. If you go to a country or area where a negative travel advice applies (code orange or red), you will have to spend 14 days in home quarantine on your return.
What can I do if the travel advice is changed during the holiday?
The coronavirus may start spreading again at any time. Therefore, be alert when you travel abroad. In the event of a new outbreak, countries can quickly take strict measures, such as closing borders. You may also be quarantined during a lock-down.
Please frequently check the travel advice of your own government and reports from local authorities during your holiday. By going abroad this summer, you accept the possible risks. In principle, you have a personal responsibility to come home safely.
Do I have to go into home quarantine after my holiday?
Are you returning from an area or country for which a code orange or red travel advice has been issued? Then you will have to spend 14 days in home quarantine on your return. Do not leave your home or place of residence and avoid contact with others as much as possible. If you develop any symptoms, contact your doctor or the Municipal Health Service (GGD).
How can I keep myself informed of the latest travel advice?
Before you go on holiday, always check the travel advice for your holiday destination to avoid any unpleasant surprises while travelling. During your trip, make sure to keep yourself informed of the latest travel advice using the Travel App and the 24/7 information service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.