The Netherlands will most likely turn even redder on the map of corona cases in Europe from Thursday.

The province of Groningen is currently the only province that is dark red, the highest possible level.

Given the number of positive tests in the past week, there is a good chance that other provinces will also go to dark red.

This can have consequences for Dutch people who want to go on holiday in Europe.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) adjusts the corona card weekly.

The organization looks at the number of positive tests in the past two weeks and the percentage of positive tests.

The number of new cases in the Netherlands is still high, even if it was less rapid last week than the week before.

Last week, ECDC designated the Netherlands as a high-risk area (red) and the province of Groningen even as a very high-risk area (dark red).

The week before, Friesland, Drenthe, Flevoland and Limburg were still green and the rest of the country orange.

In addition to the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Luxembourg are also completely red.

The rest of Europe is green, with some orange areas here and there.

This means that the corona outbreak is currently reasonably under control.

Dutch tourists can be a danger for those countries, because they can introduce the highly contagious delta variant of the corona virus.

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.

This is what the European corona map has looked like since 15 July.

That will most likely change after today.

This is what the European corona map has looked like since 15 July.

That will most likely change after today.

Photo: NU/nl

Rules for Dutch travelers may be stricter

The new corona card may be a reason for those countries to tighten up the access rules for Dutch citizens.

For example, the Netherlands has been regarded as a risk area for Germany since last week.

The eastern neighbors could take the Netherlands a step higher this week in the group of high-risk areas.

If the Netherlands receives that status, holidaymakers must already show proof of a negative result of a corona test or a vaccination certificate at the border with Germany before they even enter the country.

According to outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) and RIVM, the number of positive tests has stabilized in the last few days and could start to decline in the coming week.

If so, the Netherlands could go back to orange or green on the European corona map in three or four weeks.

Then the rules for holidaymakers may also be relaxed.

See also: Stay informed of the corona measures in your European holiday country

See also: This is how travel advice in Europe is determined