Dutch government tightens travel advice for Italy and Greece

Dutch government tightens travel advice for Italy and Greece

The Dutch government may have adopted a new system for their travel restrictions, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to issue advice for countries around the world depending on the coronavirus infection rate. The latest news from the Ministry is that a handful of European destinations have gone from green to yellow. 

Latest travel advice from Dutch government 

Last week, the government switched to a new system for its travel restrictions that means travellers arriving from yellow areas have to present either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or proof of a recent negative test on return to the Netherlands. The new system also means that all countries in the EU are labelled as either green (no security risks) or yellow (caution, safety risks) depending on their infection rates. 

Even with the new system, the Ministry of Health continues to advise members of the public in regards to their travel plans, adjusting the colour codes of EU countries depending on the local coronavirus situation. 

Coronavirus situation in Italy, Greece and Croatia

Due to rising infection rates in certain parts of the continent, the latest advice sees six destinations in Europe change from green to yellow:

  • Italy
  • North Aegean Islands (Greece)
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

Up until now, any travellers arriving in the Netherlands from the above destinations weren't required to present proof of vaccination, proof of recent recovery or a negative test. The new advice means that, from August 8, everyone over the age of 12 must present one of the above three documents (either digitally via the CoronaCheck app or as a physical QR code).

There was good news for one popular European holiday destination; due to a low number of coronavirus cases in the area, Croatia will change from yellow to green on Sunday.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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