Colour the Netherlands red but hopeful! The updated travel advice is…ambiguous?

Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) forecasted that the Netherlands will remain red on the EU’s coronavirus map for the coming week  — yet news of Dutch travel relaxations are reported. 😵

The ECDC’s decision to keep the Netherlands within the red status comes in light of recent coronavirus testing which reported more than 5% of tests performed in the Netherlands are positive — not sounding so good. 👎

Additionally, last week, all 12 Dutch provinces were red on the ECDC’s map, which is updated every Thursday.

Plans of optimism

Despite the ECDC’s grim outlook on coronavirus in the Netherlands, a separate report brought news of optimistic plans from the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs regarding travel relaxations for trips heading outside Europe.

“The virus is not going anywhere. You can’t keep the world locked up and we recognize the importance of travel.” A spokesman from the ministry of foreign affairs told the Telegraaf.

The discussed relaxations could be of great impact to the current travel insurance policy coverage which is limited for travellers heading to code orange areas. And what if you got any Coronavirus-related expenses while stranded on a holiday in an orange cursed destination? No reimbursement for you — says the current travel insurance policy. 💔

What do you think of relaxing current Dutch travel restrictions with the latest ECDC report? Tell us in the comments below!

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Farah Al Mazouni
Farah believes she's been on many adventures during her millennial life, each for a different (sometimes invisible) purpose. The latest adventure whisked her away to Amsterdam for love, and what a magical surprise she found in this city. Armed with imaginary confetti in her pocket, and ready to celebrate all wins, big and small, Farah says "ahla w sahla" or “welcome” to her latest adventure in this wonderland.


  1. Leave the place open. Covid is here to stay. Get vaccinated and allow vaxed people freedom to travel anywhere. Lockout the non vaxed.

  2. Is it far for the ones that can’t get vaccinated? I think testing should just be consistent for people leaving and coming and that’s okay. Leave it open but also be cautious.

  3. “which reported more than 5% of tests performed in the Netherlands are positive”. Why do you consider that bad news? Only people who have good reason to believe they are infected or people who want to travel get tested. It does not mean 5% of the population is testing positive.

  4. I live in the Netherlands and I’m sick and tired of the quarantine rule in place for people traveling from the UK to the Netherlands. I haven’t been able to see parents in nearly a year, yet traveling to anywhere in Europe from the Netherlands no quarantine is necessary it’s time to scrap the whole quarantine rule in the Netherlands

  5. Typical selfishness of Europeans. Why should they be allowed to come and make everyone else sick? Just because the US and EU hoarded all the vaccines doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t deserve to be safe.


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