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Traveling to safe countries is possible again from 15 May, but is and will remain a risk

The cabinet has decided that from 15 May travelling to countries with a low contamination level will be possible again. Holiday trips to these countries are no longer discouraged from that date. Safe countries are color coded green or yellow in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Countries that are a COVID high-risk area will retain a negative travel advice and therefore color code orange. All unnecessary travel to these countries is still discouraged. 

Summer

At the moment, few countries are eligible for a green or yellow travel advice from 15 May. The government hopes that in the run-up to the summer more and more countries can be considered safe, making a holiday abroad a realistic option this summer. The government would point out, however, that countries with green or yellow travel advice can themselves decide to impose travel restrictions for travelers from the Netherlands. Think of a corona test or quarantine obligation upon arrival. 

The fact that the number of vaccinees is growing across Europe is encouraging, and will be reflected in lower infection levels. However, the situation regarding the coronavirus with possible mutants remains uncertain and it is therefore not possible to predict exactly what the summer months will look like. 

The government emphasizes that even where holiday travel is no longer advised against, a holiday or trip is not the same as it was before the pandemic. Travel remains a risk because the situation can change quickly in any country, for example because the corona virus flares up somewhere. 

Corona measures apply in most countries and tourists must also adhere to them. The cabinet calls on holidaymakers abroad to at least observe the Dutch basic measures, namely washing their hands regularly, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters, staying indoors in the event of complaints and then having themselves tested. Adhere to the corona measures en route, at your vacation destination and when you return home. Even if you have already been vaccinated. Incidentally, travelers from green and yellow countries or regions are welcome back in the Netherlands from 15 May.

Check vooraf het reisadvies

Het kabinet adviseert Nederlanders met reisplannen vooraf het reisadvies van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken te checken om te bepalen of het land van bestemming veilig is, en of er inreisbeperkingen gelden, zoals quarantaine of een testverplichting. De travel advice can be found on the website wijopreis.nl and travel app of the ministery

Het kabinet benadrukt dat het belangrijk is om het reisadvies niet alleen te raadplegen bij het boeken van een reis, maar ook kort voor vertrek, tijdens de reis en bij terugkeer. De situatie in een land of regio snel kan immers snel veranderen. Ook is het belangrijk dat reizigers goed checken welke maatregelen onderweg gelden, zoals op de luchthaven, het station of in de landen waar mensen met de auto doorheen reizen op weg naar bestemming. Download de reisapp op www.wijsopreis.nl en ontvang automatisch bericht als het reisadvies verandert. 

Safe countries

RIVM assesses for which countries an increased risk applies. RIVM looks at various factors, namely the degree of infection, the number of tests taken, the percentage of positive tests, the number of travelers who test positive in the Netherlands and have recently been to a certain country and the trend of the incidence figures (how often corona occurs). In addition, RIVM is also looking at the presence of mutants and variants. 

High risk 

Countries or areas designated by RIVM as high-risk countries have the color code orange in the travel advice. Travelers from high-risk countries must receive a negative test result and are urgently advised 10 days to quarantineAfter 5 days, the quarantine can be ended with a negative test.

People from a very high risk area will soon be required to go into quarantine for 10 days. The moment at which this last measure takes effect depends on when the law that should make this possible enters into force. This will most likely happen soon. 

However, a country or territory can also have an orange color for security reasons not related to corona. A country that is colored red in the travel advice is very unsafe, all trips to this country are not recommended. In the travel advice is information about the color codes.

Digital Green Certificate

Vaccination ultimately helps us out of the pandemic and gives us back more and more freedom, also to travel. In the EU, decision-making runs ahead Digital Green Certificate which allows people to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative for Covid-19, or have built up immunity after a recent infection. 

June 21 is the target date of the European Commission on which the European legislation regulating the Digital Green Certificate must come into effect. Member States will in all likelihood then have another six weeks to make everything technically ready. In the Netherlands, we want to be technically ready as quickly as possible and we therefore strive to keep this transition period as short as possible. 

Negative PCR test statement mandatory for all international air travel to the Netherlands

Source: Central government - Negative test statement mandatory for all international air travel to the Netherlands

From December 29, 2020, 00.01 a.m. the additional obligation applies to all passengers, including Dutch citizens, that they must have a recent negative PCR test statement in order to board a plane to the Netherlands. Upon return to the Netherlands, the urgent advice applies for a home quarantine of 10 days; the test for boarding does not replace this quarantine. The cabinet decided to do so on 23 December.

Via a designation, airlines flying to the Netherlands from a high-risk area are obliged to check passengers before boarding for the possession of a negative PCR test result. This must be taken up to 72 hours before the planned arrival in the Netherlands. If someone is not in possession of the negative test result, he or she is not allowed to come along. Airlines provide their passengers with information stating which measures apply upon arrival in the Netherlands.

If you are departing from a country within the European Union / Schengen country? Read the here factsheet from the authorities. If you are leaving from a country buiten the European Union / not Schengen country? Read the here factsheet from the authorities. Pay attention! In addition to a negative PCR test, you also need a signed statement. This must be a physical document.

Source:NU.NL

What is the travel advisory applies to a little country and what is the meaning of the codes?

However, travel advice can often change during this time. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore recommends that you also visit the website nederlandwereldreed.nl for the current state of affairs.

Travel advice Europe
Source: Nederlandwereldwijd.nl– © NU.nl/LocalFocus
What is travel advice anyway?

What do these color codes actually mean? The colors represent the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for traveling abroad. The travel advice is classified with the colors green, yellow, orange and red. The recommendations are drawn up on the basis of, among other things, the Dutch embassy in the area, other ministries, intelligence services and local authorities.

However, the travel advice is not binding: it remains the responsibility of the traveler and the travel organizations involved whether or not a trip continues.

Normally, the color codes of the travel advice refer to the safety situation in the country. During the current pandemic, the color codes mainly relate to the extent to which countries have taken measures against the corona virus. The other security risks in countries are still mentioned on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but are not indicated by a color code.

Code green: no special security risks
If a country code is green, then there are no known security risks and travel is simply possible. The situation in the country is comparable to the situation in the Netherlands.

Yellow code: caution, safety risks
Code yellow means that measures have been taken in that country or region against the corona virus that have a limited impact on daily life.

Normally, color code yellow means that travelers in this country must be alert. There are safety risks in the country or region that deviate from what we are used to in the Netherlands. Prepare for that and pay extra attention.

Orange code: only necessary trips
Daily life has been disrupted in countries with the orange color code due to the corona crisis. A travel advice remains orange if the country does not yet have enough control over the coronavirus, no Dutch tourists are allowed to come yet or a mandatory quarantine is imposed on arrival.

If a country code is orange, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends traveling to the area only if this is really necessary. A holiday trip, for example, is not.

Code red: travel is not recommended
In an area with code red, the situation is not only dangerous, but even life-threatening. Travel to this area is therefore not recommended.

The country may also be completely closed off because of the corona virus. There is then no insight into entry and exit, as is currently the case with Montenegro. The Dutch are now only allowed to enter that country in very exceptional circumstances. All commercial air traffic in Montenegro has also been shut down, according to a spokesman for Foreign Affairs.

Source:NU.NL

Google Maps users can now see at a glance which corona measures apply in the place they are traveling to, which could potentially influence the journey, Google parent company Alphabet reported Monday in a blogpost.

Maps now shows how busy a train or bus station is that someone wants to use and where travelers can be checked for the corona virus during the journey.

Additional measures, such as places where it is mandatory to wear mouth masks, are also visible.

Google is rolling out the update in the Netherlands, France, Argentina, India, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others. In the previous months, the company analyzed location data of billions of users in 131 countries to map population mobility during the corona crisis.

Important sites to monitor, so that you are aware of the latest developments:

What steps can you take yourself if you need to travel:

  • Shall at all times keep the required 1.5 metres distance to other people.
  • There are empty seats on the plane? Take advantage of this to stimulate sit apart.
  • Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands with other travelers / people.
  • Bring along disinfectant gel or soap in your hand luggage to disinfect your hands properly.
  • Wash your hands frequently if you've been in contact with door handles or other people's possessions.
  • Wear a face mask if you have one. If you don't, use a scarf or cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
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