During the recent Dutch press conference, it was announced that some travel restrictions are now being lifted. Does this mean we can slowly start to plan our travels again?
The strict advise not to travel anywhere unless absolutely necessary, will expire and will be replaced from mid-May by a travel advice that is individually set per country. This means we must carefully check which Covid rules apply in which country.
Coloured Covid Map
This all depends on the colour code. Yellow means you can visit but you must always follow the rules the country makes. If a country has an orange code, rules are much more strict, flight may be cancelled and you probably need to go into quarantine before entering. Also important to remember is that when you are planning a roadtrip, you may need to cross a country that has an orange or red colour code. This means you need to carefully plan your trip and things may change at the last moment.
Besides all the fuss, the travel industry is happy about the positive change, even though its just the beginning. At the first of July, a new press conference is planned with hopefully more positive news!
So which countries can we travel to?
Currently, most countries in Europe are still coloured orange but more than 12 countries have changed to yellow after the 15th of May. Here are some of our favourite holiday destinations you should be able to visit this summer;
Greece: You should be able to visit Greece with a negative test result but there is no more need to go into quarantine upon arrival. Find out more about the latest rules. As for the Greek islands; the Ionian Islands are now safe enough to travel to!
Spain: All travellers arriving from high-risk areas by air or sea transport are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test. The same requirement is required from travellers crossing the land border between France and Spain. From June, Spain is hoping to welcome back holidaymakers. For the Dutch and most European countries, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera are currently coloured yellow and are safe to visit.
Italy: Even though most of Italy has returned to code yellow, rules apply if you are coming from another EU country. All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier. However, Italy is looking forward to welcome back tourists with the basic rules such as wearing a mask, sanitising your hands and keeping distanced from others.
Switzerland: Right now Swiss is still orange. All travellers arriving by air, as well as all travellers entering by bus/rail/car who have stayed in a country with an increased risk of infection in the 10 days before entering Switzerland, are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. That being said, Switzerland is currently being very strict with people coming from high risk countries, The Netherlands being one of them. For more info, check this website.
France: Right now, strict rules apply for people coming from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Besides a negative test result, you must also go into quarantine.
Portugal: For travellers, Portugal isn’t a very attractive holiday destination at the moment due to the 14-days quarantine rule after your entree. This rule might change after the 16th of May.
Germany: You can only enter Germany with a negative test result no older than 48 hours. Rules apply and the Covid passport will most likely help your entree.
Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire: During the pandemic we travelled to Curaçao to check what it was like, what the rules were and if it was relaxed. We can say it is! Here’s our full Curaçao Guide!
Thailand: Holy Moly, this is such great news for the Dutch! We personally Love Asia so we can’t wait. However, you must go into quarantine after entering so this would only be good if you have at least 3 to 4 weeks.
Mexico: Strangely enough, we can visit Mexico without many restrictions. You must have some documents but that’s it. Tulum anyone?
Add the approval of the European Parliament and the Commission to achieve an ‘EU Covid-19 certificate’ for travellers. In this so called certificate, it’s shown if you have been vaccinated or had a recent negative test result. It is being said that this will most likely be finalised in June or latest in August. Visit this website to stay updated about current developments about travelling during Covid.
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