BREAKING: Dutch cabinet changes holiday rules from tomorrow

It’s good news for those thinking of jetting off to Spain. The Dutch government announced that no more EU countries are categorised as code red — the highest level of risk.

As of tomorrow, all EU countries will be labelled yellow, orange, or green which means it will be easier to travel to them from the Netherlands. This change will bring the Dutch colour codes in line with the majority of other EU countries.

According to the NOS, a country can be categorised as orange even if there’s an outbreak of a new variant of coronavirus.

Testing, testing

From now on, there will also be stricter rules for those reentering the country. Anyone over the age of 12 returning from a yellow country has to provide a Coronavirus Certificate — either via the CoronaCheck App or on paper.

READ MORE | Most of Netherlands now DARK-red on EU COVID-19 map: holidays and trips home at risk

You must prove that you are fully vaccinated, or have completed a PCR test in the country you’re returning from. Anyone entering the country by plane, train, boat, or bus will have this checked upon entry into the Netherlands.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, it is advised that you still do a PCR test. However, this is not mandatory.

No more overnight festivals

The Dutch cabinet also announced that no more multi-day festivals will take place until September 1. Many of the Netherlands’ most popular festivals, such as Lowlands or Mysteryland, had already been put on hold until mid-August.

READ MORE | Where can I holiday? Current travel advice from the Netherlands

The festival industry is not happy, to say the least. They were hoping for a more timely warning, but it looks like we might go another year without mainstage performances.

How do you feel about this updated travel advice? Will it change your travel plans over the summer? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


    • It is not in the line of expectations this event will take place. The restrictions are until September, they wait for artists to cancel so they can use the money the government has made available for cancelled events. Because the festival is just days after the restrictions , and possibility on continuation of restrictions, they will wait a couple of weeks before they cancel the event.


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