Don’t pack your suitcase just yet. Outgoing Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, warns that the colour code for the Netherlands might change to red on the European coronavirus map — meaning more restrictions for travellers.
The map is published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) every Thursday and is based on the outcome of test results in the past 14 days. With the latest rise in infections, it’s not looking promising for Dutch travellers.
Could the Netherlands go to code red?
Currently, the Netherlands enjoys the freedom of a code orange (and even green in some regions) on the ECDC map for travel recommendations in Europe. 🙌 However, a colour change would mean increased travel restrictions when embarking on your trip abroad from the Netherlands.
The ECDC map is not binding advice but a guideline to create “a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Hence, it’s always up to individual countries to decide whether they welcome travellers from the Netherlands or not. A code red though will strongly suggest that they shouldn’t.
According to Nu.nl, De Jonge does not expect the coming ECDC update to have adverse effects on travel from the Netherlands, but he suspects the next one might — let’s hope the current infection trend changes before that. 🤞
De Jonge calls on the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) for advice
To mitigate a potential restriction of movement for people in the Netherlands, De Jonge has asked the OMT for urgent advice on the situation. This was encouraged by several parties in the government.
The hope is that the OMT can help to find out which measures are necessary to stabilise the recent outbreaks in the Netherlands.
Reluctant to increase measures
Despite the increased infection rates, De Jonge does not want to introduce new restrictions just yet. During a debate in the Parliament yesterday, he emphasised that he wants to respect the goals of the government coronavirus policy.
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