Pack your bags: travellers from the Netherlands now considered less risky than before

Taking a holiday from the Netherlands just became a whole lot easier, after the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDP) reclassified the Netherlands travel advisory to orange.

Every week, the ECDP publishes a map of Europe indicating the coronavirus situation in each country. It works as a sort of policy recommendation for EU countries so that Europe can have a common approach to travel restrictions.

Since yesterday, the Netherlands is no longer one of the few red spots on the map — hoera! 🥳

Fewer travel restrictions

Going from red to orange (and in Friesland and Groningen even green) means that there’ll most likely be fewer travel restrictions for people embarking on holiday from the Netherlands (yay!).

The colour change is great news if you’ve been itching to travel but have held off on your trip — perhaps restrictions wouldn’t allow travelling or maybe the prospect of quarantining for half the vacay was enough to make you think twice about the costs of those plane tickets. 😬

Outgoing Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, is also happy about the Dutch colour change. He says a greener map means less restrictions when traveling within Europe.

Orientate yourself before traveling

The ECDC map is not binding advice, so just because the Netherlands is now orange doesn’t mean that other countries have to welcome tourists without any restrictions. While EU countries have agreed to follow the ECDC guidelines as much as possible, it’s still up to each country’s government to decide which restrictions, if any, they want in place.

So, before you pack your sunhat and rush to the airport, make sure to check which travel restrictions apply to your destination.

Will you be traveling this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: halfpoint/Depositphotos

Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafés (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).


  1. Why is Denmark still labelled as orange by the Dutch government? They have lower cases per 10,000 than other countries labelled as yellow two weeks ago.

  2. Thanks for the regular updates on this! Planning to travel to Denmark in mid July and these posts are really keeping me well informed (through IG stories of course) xx


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