What measures apply to a trip in an orange or red country? What if the travel advice changes during your trip, do you have to be quarantined when you return home? Those who go abroad this summer would rather be aware of the risks and what should be done if the coronavirus lives on.
Foreign Affairs informs Dutch people with color codes about the security situation at their travel destination. Green zones are safe, travel in a yellow zone can be advised if you are vigilant, holiday trips to an orange zone are not recommended and to a red zone all non-essential trips.
As the degree of contamination increases, travel advice changes locally or nationwide. Countries are also changing their requirements for tourists from abroad. For Greece, for example, you are now required to fill in a form in advance. If you are traveling or leaving, it is advisable to check regularly.
You can consult the government website yourself or follow the Twitter account @ 247BZ, but you can also register (free) to receive updates about a country via the government travel app.
Quarantine on return
The travel advice is not binding. You decide whether to leave and are responsible for your own safety. If you return from a country for which an orange or red travel advice applies because of the corona virus, you will receive urgent advice to go to home quarantine for two weeks, even if you do not have any health problems.
It is the travel advice that applies at the time of your return. If your holiday country was yellow when you arrived, but orange when you land in the Netherlands again, (also) you must stay at home for fourteen days, where you may not receive visitors and must also keep your distance from your housemates.
If your holiday country was yellow on arrival, but orange on return, then you probably have to be quarantined
Suddenly in lockdown
If a corona fire turns up, local authorities can quickly decide to lock an area. Those who are on holiday in that area will not be able to leave it and will be quarantined. Check with your ticket provider or tour operator about the flight you will miss: they are not always aware. Also inform your employer if you will not be able to return to work on time.
Who pays the extra costs?
Know that your travel insurance does not cover everything. Due to the exceptional situation, the rules on this are not strict. Some insurers apply a ceiling to the daily amount of extra costs due to quarantine, others do not reimburse anything.
The (transfer) costs for a new flight home are often at your expense. Tour operators sometimes pay for a few extra nights, but the extra meals already come from your travel budget.
Think mouth masks
It goes without saying that you also comply with the local and Dutch corona rules abroad – regardless of the color code of the travel advice. Carry enough reusable masks in your luggage: they are mandatory in more and more public places in Europe and that situation is also changing. Disinfect them at least daily by washing them with soap in hot tap water long enough.
Anyone who is admitted to hospital with a corona infection abroad must contact the emergency service of the travel insurer and travel organization. In an emergency, travelers can appeal to the Dutch embassy. You can call the emergency number of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24 hours a day: 0031 247 24 72 47.
The embassy or ministry can also contact your family in the Netherlands and ask you to transfer money if you do not have insurance that reimburses medical expenses abroad. Your family can also obtain information about your condition through the ministry.