Travel restrictions to Curacao, Malta, Portugal and 13 other destinations are relaxed
The Foreign Ministry changed the travel advice for 15 countries from orange to yellow or green with immediate effect. On May 19, Bonaire travel advice will also change from orange to yellow. This means that traveling to these places is no longer strongly advised against.
“Traveling is possible, but be careful,” the ministry wrote in a statement. “In many of these countries, measures still apply to travelers from the Netherlands. You may even need to quarantine yourself when you arrive. “
Below is a list of all countries for which travel restrictions have been relaxed.
Travel advice changed to yellow for:
- Aegean Islands – except Crete
- The Balearic Islands – including Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera
- Bonaire – from May 19
- the Canary Islands
- Ionian Islands
- Portugal – including Madeira and the Azores
Travel advice has gone green for:
Travelers to a country with the color code “ yellow ” should take into account that certain coronavirus measures, such as a curfew or face mask warrant, may still apply to their destination.
“If a country turns yellow you can in principle go there on vacation, but you have to abide by that country’s rules,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at Tuesday’s press conference when the government announced that some of the coronavirus measures will be relaxed on May 19.
It was only for Saba and Saint-Eustache that the travel advice was completely relaxed towards the green. This means that Covid-19 infection rates are very low in this area. Travelers returning to the Netherlands from a “green” zone do not have to show a negative Covid-19 test or go into quarantine.
The Foreign Office stressed that this does not mean that travelers are not at risk in those countries or regions given that Covid-19 infection rates can quickly rise again.
It is also possible that countries with a green or yellow travel advice have their own entry restrictions for travelers from the Netherlands, such as a negative coronavirus test or a quarantine requirement.
Code Orange still applies to other European countries for the time being, which means that traveling to these regions is strongly discouraged. Upon returning to the Netherlands from a country or area marked “ orange ”, travelers are strongly advised to self-quarantine for ten days.
“We are cautiously optimistic about this, especially in Europe. More and more countries can become a safe holiday destination,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said at Tuesday’s press conference.
As of May 15, there are no more negative travel tips regarding international travel. Travel restrictions apply based on the color code of each country or region.
Green does not represent a threat, yellow indicates certain restrictions and orange only relates to urgent or necessary travel. People are told not to go to an area marked in red under any circumstances.