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The provinces of North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, North Brabant, Gelderland and Overijssel are colored dark red on the corona map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Last week, only the province of Groningen had the highest risk level.

Zeeland, Limburg, Drenthe, Friesland and Flevoland remain on the red.

Exactly one week ago, the whole of the Netherlands was classified as a high-risk area.

The number of positive tests and the percentage of people who test positive in the municipality of Groningen were even so large that that province was the only one that turned dark red.

Based on the color codes of the European corona map, countries can decide to adjust the rules for, among other things, incoming tourists.

For example, countries may require a quarantine period for unvaccinated people.

Last week, Germany and France, among others, adjusted the rules for Dutch tourists.

For example, Dutch travelers must show a negative test result or vaccination certificate upon arrival in Germany.

If they cannot do this, they must be quarantined.

This is also the case in France, where unvaccinated tourists are only welcome if they can present a negative test taken within 24 hours of departure.

How ECDC's color codes work

  • The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) determines whether a European region is colored green, orange, red or dark red.

  • In the Netherlands, each province is given a different color.

  • Which color each province gets depends on two things: the number of positive tests and the percentage of people who test positive.

  • ECDC does not determine the impact of a color change on holidaymakers and other travellers.

    The EU Member States themselves do this.


When will the Netherlands turn red and will your holiday be in danger?