From Tuesday 27 July, the Dutch travel advice for EU countries will be relaxed.

Almost two weeks later, on August 8, the return travel requirements are tightened.

The cabinet announced this on Monday.

All changes in a row below.

This will change on Tuesday (July 27)

From Tuesday, all EU countries will have the travel advice color code yellow or green.

This means that the EU countries that are still orange will change to yellow.

These are Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Andorra.

Each color represents a travel advice:

  • Red: "do not travel" (this was and does not apply to any EU country)

  • Orange: "only necessary trips"

  • Yellow: "you can travel but beware, there are risks"

  • Green: "you can travel"

You can find all travel advice here.

The travel advice is - the word says it all - advice, so no prohibition.

You can even travel to red countries if you wish.

Insurers do have strict requirements for travel to orange or red countries.

For example, they will not pay the hospital bill if you have to be admitted with corona, or if you have to be taken back to the Netherlands.

Anyway, for now all EU countries will be yellow or green.

Only when a new, dangerous mutation circulates in the EU will the travel advice turn orange again, the cabinet says.

It did not provide details on that.

Please note: these travel advice colors are completely separate from the European corona map of the European infectious diseases center ECDC.

That map shows in colors which countries have the most infections.

The Netherlands is currently (dark) red on that map.

See also: Large part of the Netherlands turns dark red on European corona map

Countries can choose to exclude tourists from (dark) red countries.

Take Norway, for example: that country has green travel advice from our ministry, so the Netherlands thinks it's fine that you go there.

But Norway is not exactly waiting for the Dutch.

You are only allowed to enter that country if you have been fully vaccinated, you are going to study or visit family.

In short: don't just look at the color codes of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also read the entry rules of the country you want to go to.

If you search for a specific country on, you will find them. has also listed them for the most common holiday countries, including the most important corona rules on site.

Via the link below you can sign up to receive a push notification if anything changes to the entry rules or main corona measures of your favorite holiday country:

See also: Get notified when the corona rules change for your holiday country

This will change on Sunday 8 August

On Sunday 8 August, the cabinet will introduce a new corona measure for all Dutch people returning from abroad.

From that day on, you must be able to show a corona certificate during the return journey.

You have to do this if you come from an EU country, but also from a non-EU country.

That corona evidence consists of (at least) one of these four things:

  • a full vaccination

  • or a recovery certificate of a maximum of 6 months old

  • or a PCR test of a maximum of 48 hours old (taken at your holiday destination)

  • or an antigen test of a maximum of 24 hours old (taken at your holiday destination)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs keeps track of where you can be tested abroad (in English).

The costs are for your own account.

In some countries the test is free.

Traveling back to the Netherlands is only allowed if the test result is negative.

The airline, shipping company or bus company with which you return to the Netherlands must check whether your corona certificate is in order.

If you travel back to the


by car on your own

, you can be checked at the border.

This will be done by the teams that so far check whether returnees are complying with the quarantine obligation.

If you do not have a valid corona certificate, you can be fined 95 euros.

In short: for those who have been fully vaccinated and people who have not recovered from corona (by far) six months ago, nothing will actually change on August 8.

Apart from the above new obligation, the cabinet still calls on all holidaymakers to be tested after their return.

This also applies to those who have not yet been fully vaccinated and who do not have a recovery certificate.

Take a corona test on the first full day after return and the fifth day after return, the cabinet advises.

This may be a free GGD test, but also a self-test.

It is an "urgent advice", but not an obligation.

And what if you go on holiday within the Netherlands?

Then none of the rules in this article apply.

You can go where you want.