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This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and from there, the holiday slowly spread across the country as a regional event. While presidents recognized it on and off, there was never an official, permanent proclamation about the holiday’s future until 1972, when President Richard Nixon declared that the federal government would recognize Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June from there on out (though it’s still not technically a federal holiday.) Initially established as a response to Mother’s Day, and skirting a movement that sought to combine both holidays into a single “Parents’ Day,” Father’s Day has become a day to be celebrated all on its own.

Fathers, grandfathers, and uncles all deserve to be honored on this special day, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of thoughtful gifts to help you say “thank you” to every dad in your life. Whether he’s a grill master, a tech wizard, or a lover of the great outdoors, your dad will love any one of these gifts.

1. Beard Care Kit; $27

This beard care kit will keep your dad looking—and feeling—fresh all year long. This set features beard shampoo for cleansing and conditioning, balm for moisturizing and styling, and oil for softening and nourishing. The kit also comes with a comb, brush, scissors, and an eBook on beard care so he can style and maintain his signature look to his heart’s content.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set; $44

Let dad embrace his inner barbecue master with this 14-piece grill set from Cuisinart. Including a chef’s spatula, grill tongs, basting brush, and more, he’ll never have to stress about flipping a burger or cooking the perfect steak ever again. And since the spatula touts a built-in bottle opener, he can enjoy a much-deserved cold one while he gets dinner ready. All the tools fit neatly inside a sturdy carrying case, allowing your dad to bring his tools on the go and be heralded as the king of outdoor cooking wherever he travels.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Wireless Charging Station; $28

Tech dads will rejoice with this wireless charging station designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches, and Airpods all at the same time. The dock can get all three devices to 100 percent in only three hours, and the phone stand and Apple Watch/Airpods dock can be connected or kept separate for a more streamlined look. The dock can even charge through most cases.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Garmin Running Watch; $230

This unique running watch from Garmin will help your dad stay fit, track his miles, and train for that 5K he’s always dreamed of. The watch uses a wrist-based heart monitor to track not just miles, but also stride length, ground contact, balance, and more. And with the built-in, contactless payment chip, your dad can buy a water bottle or protein shake on the road and leave credit cards at home. He can even sync the watch with his phone to receive and respond to text messages, emails, and social media updates while he’s (literally) on the run.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Growlerwerks Growler Keg; $99

If you’ve got a craft beer lover in the family, look no further than this portable growler keg. This growler can store 64 ounces of beer (or kombucha, hard cider, and soda), and all it needs to keep the suds from going flat is a CO2 charger (sold separately). Your dad simply has to fill the growler at his favorite local brewery; select high or low carbonation, depending on what he’s drinking; and pull the tap to pour the perfect pint. The keg will keep beverages cold for seven to nine hours, so whether he’s going for a hike or a long day at the golf course, he’ll be able to serve up brewery-fresh beverages all day long.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Constitution Tie; $30

History buffs will love this stylish tie inspired by one of the United States’s most important documents: the Constitution. Featuring a screen print of the nation’s founding document with “We the People” featured front and center, this tie will help your dad start up conversations about his favorite Founding Father at social gatherings, rather than going through his well-worn joke book yet again. Each tie is printed on imported silk and hand-finished to give him that personalized touch that he deserves.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Outdoor Tumbler; $30

For dads who love nothing more than a morning walk—whether that’s around the block or on a hike at the state park—this outdoor tumbler will help him stay hydrated and feeling good until he’s back home. Made with an internal copper lining to keep hot and cold beverages at a consistent temperature, this to-go drinkware will quickly become one of his favorite accessories. It fits most cup holders, so it can travel easily from his favorite lawn chair to the car and back again.

Buy it: Otterbox

8. National Geographic Parks Guide; $19

Fathers with a sense of adventure will be ready for a road trip by the time they’re through with this travel guide from National Geographic. Containing “5000 ideas for the ultimate vacation,” this book includes a comprehensive overview of both the United States and Canada’s best national parks. Including travel tips, planning advice, maps, activity options, and fun facts about wildlife, this book will help your dad embark upon the journey of a lifetime (or simply envision one from the comfort of his back porch).

Buy it: Amazon

9. RCA Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones; $44

Capable of 30 hours of Bluetooth playtime in a single charge, these wireless RCA headphones will let your dad listen to his favorite podcasts, oldies bands, and TV shows all while staying hands-free. With the ability to easily turn the noise-canceling mode on and off, adjust the volume, skip tracks, and answer calls directly from the right ear cup, these headphones make for a great (and easy) listening experience. And at only $44, they’re a fraction of what other wireless headphones cost—but he doesn’t have to know that.

Buy it: Amazon

10. New Balance Trail Running Shoes; Price Varies

New Balance sneakers are a signature look for many dads—and for good reason! This 481V3 Trail Running Shoe is designed for both smooth tracks and rough trails, making it a great choice for gym rats and cross-country runners alike. Made from 100-percent leather and textile with cushioned rubber soles, it’s built to pad your dad’s heels while also offering the stability he needs to do the things he does best. With five different colors to choose from, he’ll be able to show off his acute fashion sense for many Father’s Days to come.

Buy it: Amazon

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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10 Great Father’s Day Gifts to Celebrate Every Kind of Dad

10 Great Father’s Day Gifts to Celebrate Every Kind of Dad

The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and from there, the holiday slowly spread across the country as a regional event. While presidents recognized it on and off, there was never an official, permanent proclamation about the holiday’s future until 1972, when President Richard Nixon declared that the federal government would recognize Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June from there on out (though it’s still not technically a federal holiday.) Initially established as a response to Mother’s Day, and skirting a movement that sought to combine both holidays into a single “Parents’ Day,” Father’s Day has become a day to be celebrated all on its own.

Fathers, grandfathers, and uncles all deserve to be honored on this special day, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of thoughtful gifts to help you say “thank you” to every dad in your life. Whether he’s a grill master, a tech wizard, or a lover of the great outdoors, your dad will love any one of these gifts.

1. Beard Care Kit; $27

This beard care kit will keep your dad looking—and feeling—fresh all year long. This set features beard shampoo for cleansing and conditioning, balm for moisturizing and styling, and oil for softening and nourishing. The kit also comes with a comb, brush, scissors, and an eBook on beard care so he can style and maintain his signature look to his heart’s content.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set; $44

Let dad embrace his inner barbecue master with this 14-piece grill set from Cuisinart. Including a chef’s spatula, grill tongs, basting brush, and more, he’ll never have to stress about flipping a burger or cooking the perfect steak ever again. And since the spatula touts a built-in bottle opener, he can enjoy a much-deserved cold one while he gets dinner ready. All the tools fit neatly inside a sturdy carrying case, allowing your dad to bring his tools on the go and be heralded as the king of outdoor cooking wherever he travels.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Wireless Charging Station; $28

Tech dads will rejoice with this wireless charging station designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches, and Airpods all at the same time. The dock can get all three devices to 100 percent in only three hours, and the phone stand and Apple Watch/Airpods dock can be connected or kept separate for a more streamlined look. The dock can even charge through most cases.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Garmin Running Watch; $230

This unique running watch from Garmin will help your dad stay fit, track his miles, and train for that 5K he’s always dreamed of. The watch uses a wrist-based heart monitor to track not just miles, but also stride length, ground contact, balance, and more. And with the built-in, contactless payment chip, your dad can buy a water bottle or protein shake on the road and leave credit cards at home. He can even sync the watch with his phone to receive and respond to text messages, emails, and social media updates while he’s (literally) on the run.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Growlerwerks Growler Keg; $99

If you’ve got a craft beer lover in the family, look no further than this portable growler keg. This growler can store 64 ounces of beer (or kombucha, hard cider, and soda), and all it needs to keep the suds from going flat is a CO2 charger (sold separately). Your dad simply has to fill the growler at his favorite local brewery; select high or low carbonation, depending on what he’s drinking; and pull the tap to pour the perfect pint. The keg will keep beverages cold for seven to nine hours, so whether he’s going for a hike or a long day at the golf course, he’ll be able to serve up brewery-fresh beverages all day long.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Constitution Tie; $30

History buffs will love this stylish tie inspired by one of the United States’s most important documents: the Constitution. Featuring a screen print of the nation’s founding document with “We the People” featured front and center, this tie will help your dad start up conversations about his favorite Founding Father at social gatherings, rather than going through his well-worn joke book yet again. Each tie is printed on imported silk and hand-finished to give him that personalized touch that he deserves.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Outdoor Tumbler; $30

For dads who love nothing more than a morning walk—whether that’s around the block or on a hike at the state park—this outdoor tumbler will help him stay hydrated and feeling good until he’s back home. Made with an internal copper lining to keep hot and cold beverages at a consistent temperature, this to-go drinkware will quickly become one of his favorite accessories. It fits most cup holders, so it can travel easily from his favorite lawn chair to the car and back again.

Buy it: Otterbox

8. National Geographic Parks Guide; $19

Fathers with a sense of adventure will be ready for a road trip by the time they’re through with this travel guide from National Geographic. Containing “5000 ideas for the ultimate vacation,” this book includes a comprehensive overview of both the United States and Canada’s best national parks. Including travel tips, planning advice, maps, activity options, and fun facts about wildlife, this book will help your dad embark upon the journey of a lifetime (or simply envision one from the comfort of his back porch).

Buy it: Amazon

9. RCA Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones; $44

Capable of 30 hours of Bluetooth playtime in a single charge, these wireless RCA headphones will let your dad listen to his favorite podcasts, oldies bands, and TV shows all while staying hands-free. With the ability to easily turn the noise-canceling mode on and off, adjust the volume, skip tracks, and answer calls directly from the right ear cup, these headphones make for a great (and easy) listening experience. And at only $44, they’re a fraction of what other wireless headphones cost—but he doesn’t have to know that.

Buy it: Amazon

10. New Balance Trail Running Shoes; Price Varies

New Balance sneakers are a signature look for many dads—and for good reason! This 481V3 Trail Running Shoe is designed for both smooth tracks and rough trails, making it a great choice for gym rats and cross-country runners alike. Made from 100-percent leather and textile with cushioned rubber soles, it’s built to pad your dad’s heels while also offering the stability he needs to do the things he does best. With five different colors to choose from, he’ll be able to show off his acute fashion sense for many Father’s Days to come.

Buy it: Amazon

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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Going to Disney World in April? Here’s What You Need to Know!

We’ve got the info you need to make your April trip to Disney World awesome!

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

A Disney World vacation can be magical at any time of year — as long as you plan accordingly! Between weather patterns, special events, holidays, and crowds, the prep work for your trip can vary A LOT depending on what time of year you’re traveling. Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed to Disney World in April!

Crowds at Disney World in April

Between Spring Break and Easter travel, the parks tend to see pretty heavy crowds during the first half of the month. But since the majority of Spring Breaks are scheduled in March and early April, the second half of the month generally has more moderate crowds.

Mr. Easter Bunny and Mrs. Easter Bunny

So, if you have some leniency in your travel dates, you may want to aim for closer to the end of the month to avoid the rush. And if you are traveling in early April, be sure to make your Advance Dining Reservations early to increase your odds of getting in your must-dos!

Check out three tips for mastering the Disney World FastPass+ tiers!

Park Hours at Disney World in April

While the park hours can vary by day and park, the most common opening time for parks in April is 9AM. But the closure times tend to be a little more varied! Magic Kingdom usually closes between 10PM and midnight depending on the day, while the other parks typically close between 8PM and 9PM.

Happily Ever After

So, if you’re more of a night owl, you should have some opportunities for late nights in the parks on your April trip — especially at Magic Kingdom!

Looking for even more late-night fun?? Check out our ultimate guide to the Villains After Hours events in Magic Kingdom!

Weather at Disney World in April

In April, the average high temperature in Orlando is 84 degrees and the average low is 63 degrees. And here’s something that might surprise you — there are an average of four rainy days in April, which actually makes it one of the least rainy months in Disney World.

Slinky Dog Dash

Yup, despite the common “April showers” phrase, this is one of the best months to travel to Disney World if you’re looking to avoid the rain!

Here are some tips to help you choose the right Disney World hotel for your family!

How to Pack for Disney World in April

Despite the generally warm afternoons, you could still experience a chilly morning on your trip. So, be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater that you can wear in the morning and then store in your park bag when it starts to heat up.

And it will probably be a comfortable enough temperature for most people to swim, so bring your swimsuit if you plan to take advantage of the hotel pools!

Luna Park Pool at Disney’s Boardwalk

Don’t forget to prepare for those sunny days! Make sure you have sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen (which you should take whenever you travel!) to avoid a painful and dangerous sunburn.

Check out our ultimate Disney World packing list!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot festival fans rejoice — the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs during the entire month of April. Flower and Garden has been been a yearly highlight since it first kicked off in 1994, and there’s plenty to enjoy!

Topiaries

As you might have guessed from the name, there are plenty of gorgeous gardens to experience! There are over twenty topiary displays throughout the park, and guests can even spot some of their favorite characters in flower-form!

2020 Flower and Garden Festival

And the topiaries are just the beginning! There are intricate displays throughout the park including a bamboo garden, butterfly garden, floating gardens, and more!

Miniature Garden Display in the Germany Pavilion

And, of course, you can get your eat (and drink) on at the Outdoor Kitchens set up around the Promenade and World Showcase! Each year we see a mixture of both fan-favorite returning menu items and some brand-new additions. A few items that we’re still dreaming about from previous festivals are the Violet Lemonade, Canard Confit à l’Orange, and Fried Green Tomatoes!

Violet Lemonade

If you’re really interested in getting in the Flower and Garden spirit, you can check out one of the extra-ticketed special events or tours! In the past, offerings have included the Royal Tea Garden Tour, Gardens of the World Tour, Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Huntand more!

Royal Tea Garden Tour

But you don’t have to spend extra to have a good time — the Garden Rocks Concert Series features three nightly performances that are totally FREE! Well, they’re included in the cost of park admission, at least.

Just keep in mind, these events are super popular, so you’ll need to get there early to ensure you get a spot! Or, to bypass the wait, you can opt for the Garden Rocks Dining Packagewhich includes dinner and guaranteed seating at the concert!

Garden Rocks!

Whether you’re going all-out at the food booths and extra-ticketed events, or just enjoying the topiaries and atmosphere, there’s plenty to love about the Flower and Garden Festival. If you’re visiting Disney World in April, we’d say this festival is a must-do!

Want to learn more about our favorite festival food? Click here to check out our “Best of the Fest” list from the 2020 Flower and Garden Festival!

Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Earth Day might not be the first holiday that comes to mind when thinking of Disney World, but it does have a close connection to one of the parks. Animal Kingdom held its grand opening on Earth Day (April 22nd), and since the park focuses heavily on conservation, they celebrate the holiday in style.

Tree of Life

The Earth Day celebration in Animal Kingdom is known as the Party for the Planetand there are all kinds of special activities to enjoy! In previous years, we’ve seen special character interactions, unique dining experiences, meet-and-greets with animal care specialists and conservation experts, themed merchandise, unique snacks, and more! 

“Up” Cake Push Pop

So, if Earth Day happens to fall during your Disney World trip, be sure to check the dates for the Party for the Planet (it usually runs three days in total) and plan a visit to Animal Kingdom to celebrate!

Click here to learn more about the Party for the Planet celebration!

There are plenty of awesome experiences to enjoy at Disney World during the month of April! Guests are treated to warm and (relatively) dry weather, the Flower and Garden Festival, and Earth Day celebrations at Animal Kingdom. Just make sure to plan accordingly (don’t forget about those Spring Break and Easter crowds!) and you’ll be in for a magical vacation!

Planning a Disney World vacation? Here are seven things you’re probably forgetting!

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Have you traveled to Disney World in April? Share your tips and must-dos in the comments!

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7 Outstanding Private Luxury Villas For Post-Lockdown Travel

7 Outstanding Private Luxury Villas For Post-Lockdown Travel

Mediterranean villa

The sea-front at Villa Mirasol in Croatia


Losinj Hotels & Resorts

Renting a villa has always been a good idea, but it is now more than ever: You only have to interact with the friends and family you’ve chosen for your vacation bubble. With these villas, there’s space to connect with loved ones inside; some spectacular, wide-open nature outside; and often a wellness element baked in. While it’s still too early for many of us to travel, it’s not too early to dream. Keep these in mind for when you can venture out of town.

sailboat and villa on the Mediterranean

Villa Hortensia in Losinj


Losinj Hotels & Villas

Losinj Hotels & Villas, Croatia

The namesake, beachfront villas at this luxury property on the “wellness island” of Losinj are elegant places to hole up. (Why “wellness island”? A 19th-century botanist determined that it had the healthiest climate in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it had its first heyday as a haven for people with respiratory problems.) The historic Villa Augusta, the Art Nouveau Villa Mirasol (eight bedrooms) and the contemporary Villa Hortensia (ten bedrooms) are all isolated from the main hotel, and each comes with its own pool, sauna, gym, dedicated butler and private chef.

Alentejo villa

A villa at Sublime Comporta


Nelson Garrido

Sublime Comporta, Portugal

When this chic hideaway opened earlier this week, it was with a new Family and Friends Villa option. The program includes a large villa (two to five bedrooms) with a private pool and large outdoor areas, in-villa check-in and check-out (on request), a lavish welcome basket of goodies from the surrounding Alentejo region, in-villa dining with “family comfort food” at no extra charge and grocery delivery. Throughout, the hotel is adhering to the guidelines of Portugal’s Clean & Safe initiative. And since it’s a small property on a 42-acre estate that’s surrounded by undulating umbrella pines, cork trees, sand dunes, vineyards, rice fields and more than 37 miles of white sand beaches. 

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One of Dunton River Camp’s luxury tents


Dunton River Camp

Dunton River Camp, Colorado

Normally, this tented property operates as eight individually booked tents. This year, it’s available to single groups who want to have the ultimate family camping holiday. Cresto Ranch was a cattle ranch in the late 19th century, and its original farmhouse sits about 20 feet from the Dolores River and on approximately 500 acres of fields, meadow and forest. The tents, such as they are, span 640 square feet each, and come with six-foot soaker tubs for relaxing inside and two mountain bikes apiece for playing outside.

Greek villa bedroom

The Leoncini suite at Euphoria


George Sfakianakis

Euphoria Retreat, Greece

With Greece one of the first countries to have announced plans to welcome tourists, this luxury destination spa has launched new Sanctuary Stays with three customizable options. There’s the 1830 Leoncini Mansion, whose original wood beams and stone walls blend into the landscape at the base of Mt. Taygetus and its ancient forest on the Peloponnesian peninsula. Its six bedrooms can be booked for exclusive use, including spa time for the family or small group. Then there’s a 72-foot Pershing yacht for groups who want to get away from it all at sea. And larger groups can buy out the full 45 rooms. 

villa and pool in Costa Rica

Villa Manzu in Costa Rica


Villa Manzu

Villa Manzu, Costa Rica

This clifftop, 30,000-square-foot luxury villa at the tip of Peninsula Papagayo accommodates up to 22 people and includes a private chef, an adventure concierge, use of vehicles and drivers, its own full-service spa, two heated pools, a yoga platform and—perhaps best of all these days—its own private beach. The style is lavish and exuberant, with colorful fabrics and artworks, beaded chandeliers and a careful attention to detail.

villa in Iceland

Deplar Farm


Eleven Experience

Deplar Farm, Iceland

Iceland has announced a plan to test arriving tourists for the coronavirus when it reopens this month, saving them from having to quarantine. The 11-room Deplar Farm—part of the Eleven Experience collection—is a fine base for a personalized program of adventure-until-sunset. It’s in the north of the country, far from the usual tourist circuit, with outdoor space galore. The Eleven Life option emphasizes physical and mental health and wellness.

Akko Israel villa

The Efendi Hotel


Assaf Pinchuk

Efendi Hotel, Israel

Now available for exclusive use, the 12-room hotel lies on one of the narrow lanes of Acre. Its rooms and terraces overlooks the historic city walls and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. And there is much to admire inside: The structure combines two ancient houses, which were meticulously reconstructed under the supervision of the Antiquities Authority. Each room has a unique style and character designed to elicit a different emotion.

Italian villa

Prati Palai


Giampietro Rinaldi – studio Athesis

Prati Palai, Italy

While Italy is full of dreamy castles and palaces that can be rented, Prati Palai, on Lake Garda, offers another, perhaps even more delightful glimpse of Italian heritage. Amid about 50 acres of woods, green fields and olive groves, with a lovely view over the lake, it’s a carefully restored 16th-century farmhouse. Normally a boutique hotel with eight large suites and one smaller room, it is now available for a single group at a time. It comes with daily housekeeping and garden maintenance, with other staff on request.

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Netherlands Begins Welcoming Tourists From June 15, 2020

Netherlands Begins Welcoming Tourists From June 15, 2020

The Netherlands on Wednesday published a list of countries where it will welcome tourists this summer and where Dutch should vacation themselves.

Twelve nationals are welcomed from June 15, sixteen between June 15 and July 5, and British, Swedes, and Danes will have to wait for their turn at some later point. The country stays closed for non-European arrivals, including those from the UK. Dutch should only vacation within the EU.

You can access the Netherlands’ page for tourists here.

Here’s the announcement:

Tourists from a number of EU countries can holiday in the Netherlands from 15 June onwards. Foreign tourists must follow Dutch measures to combat COVID-19.

The Netherlands’ policies to control coronavirus have led to encouraging results, which is why the country is carefully moving to re-open its borders. Initially, borders will be open only to tourists from 12 EU countries.

Follow coronavirus prevention measures

If you live in one of these EU countries and are planning to holiday in the Netherlands, you must follow the rules in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. These rules apply to everyone in the Netherlands, including tourists:

  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Use your own vehicle, rent a bike or take a taxi. Only use public transport for essential journeys. Holiday travel is not an essential journey. You must wear a non-medical face mask on public transport.

Reservations are mandatory

You must book a place to stay before coming to the Netherlands. Without valid proof of reservation you may be stopped at the border. It is vital to avoid busy places, so take this into account when choosing your destination. Consider going to a different region or city instead of the major tourist hotspots.

Going out and about

In June, the Netherlands relaxed some of the measures introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result, establishments serving food and drink, cinemas and museums are now open for restricted numbers of people. In many cases, it is necessary to book in advance. So be aware that spaces may be limited. Cinemas can only host a maximum of 30 people at a time, for example. Swimming pools are open, but showers are not. Shared shower and toilet blocks at campsites and holiday parks are also closed.

Find out more about what restrictions are in place for tourism and recreation in the Netherlands.

COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed infection

If you develop coronavirus-like symptoms, arrange to get tested and self-isolate in your holiday accommodation. To make an appointment for a test, call +31 800 1202. If you test positive for COVID-19, you and your fellow travellers must spend two weeks in self-isolation (quarantine) in your holiday accommodation.

Tourists from outside the EU

The Schengen area (which the Netherlands is part of) and the United Kingdom have closed their external borders to people from outside the EU except for essential travel. This travel ban applies up to and including 15 June 2020. If you are coming from a country outside the EU, you cannot travel to the Netherlands on holiday. Flights from several countries are also not allowed to land at airports on the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba). This ban also applies up to and including 15 June 2020.

Here’s an excerpt from the NL Times (access their piece here):

Some holiday options will be available to residents of the Netherlands this summer, Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed during a press conference on Wednesday. However trips to countries outside of the European Union and the Schengen Area will remain restricted to residents. Any vacationmaker who gets stuck abroad because of new restrictions over the pandemic will not be repatriated.

Restrictions will be reduced from orange to yellow for travel to Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, and the six Carribean islands in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. That will begin on June 15, and later will be expanded to include Austria, France, Spain and Switzerland. This forms part of a wider European effort to lift tourism restrictions on the same date. Outside Europe, the travel restrictions will remain in place.

“From June 15, we want to turn as many countries as possible back to yellow. The most important thing is whether the health risks are comparable, and this will be the case across Europe, except in the United Kingdom and Sweden,” Rutte said. Tourists from the EU and Schengen Area will also be allowed in the Netherlands from that date, except those from Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Here’s the list of countries by the Kingdom of Netherlands:

Conclusion

The list of countries above is confusing because the Netherlands is one of the few European countries that never closed its borders from Schengen/European Union arrivals and still hasn’t. I believe that the list above is merely a suggestion.

Also, not sure if anything is preventing Dutch going outside of the European Union beyond possible quarantine upon arrival to the Netherlands, and no help with repatriation in case of future waves of Covid-19?

Many European countries are in the process of opening their borders in anticipation of the holiday travel this summer. I would assume that most of the travel will be ok within the European Union/Schengen by July, but there are likely restrictions in place for outside arrivals.

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