The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisories to inform Dutch citizens who want to go abroad about the security situation at their intended destination. During the corona crisis, the travel advisories are no longer focused on the personal safety of individual travellers. The safety of Dutch society as a whole also plays an important role when drawing up a travel advisory. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the situation in a country or area in relation to the novel coronavirus. 

The travel advisory is determined in part by the number of new confirmed cases in the past two weeks and the average number of tests performed per day. If an area has many new infections or is not testing frequently, then we also look at other factors that affect the risk. For example: 
-    Are there international reports of outbreaks?
-    Is the number of infections increasing or decreasing?
-    Are there major regional differences in the available figures? And so on. 

RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment also looks at whether there is information available about the measures in force in a country and if people there are complying with the measures.

Not all available information is reliable or useful for an accurate assessment of the situation in a country. In some cases, RIVM requests additional information, e.g. through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from public health authorities in a country. The advice provided to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes all available information into consideration. 

The definitive travel advisory is provided online at NetherlandsWorldwide.nl.