The Ministry comes with the sharpened travel advice after extensive measures of the Italian government to prevent the further spread of the corona virus. Until at least April 3, people are only allowed in or out of Lombardy and fourteen other northern provinces if necessary. Milan and Venice, among others, are part of the quarantine area.
In that area, swimming pools, museums, cinemas, ski resorts and gyms close their doors. Restaurants and cafés are only open during the day, weddings and funerals do not take place and citizens are advised to keep at least one meter apart. The emergency measures affect around 16 million Italians, a quarter of the population.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Dutch tourists who are already in the quarantine areas to leave, “in line with instructions from the Italian authorities”. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, traffic may be delayed.
In general, tourists traveling to ‘code red areas’ may not be insured to be. This is reported by the Dutch Association of Insurers. The association listed here a number of questions that insurers received in recent days.
If you are unsure about your insurance, you are advised to contact the travel insurer. There are specialized insurers that offer coverage for risk areas under certain circumstances. Whoever was in the area before the travel advice was changed from orange to red is still insured, according to the union.
The travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is, by the way, non-binding . The ministry emphasizes that travelers and their possible travel organization decide for themselves whether a holiday will go ahead or not.
Holidaymakers can cancel their trip free of charge in the event of a negative (red) travel advice. With an ‘orange’ travel advice (only necessary journeys) that is a bit different, explains ANVR a >. It is best for travelers to contact their travel organization to see if the trip needs to be adjusted or canceled.