Journey organisations scrap all vacation flights, extra measures on the playing cards
The travel organizations TUI and Corendon have canceled all holiday flights for the foreseeable future. Popular sun and ski areas are now receiving an orange travel label that effectively prohibits all but essential trips, reports the broadcaster Nos.
There are no “safe” yellow destinations from the Netherlands now, a short list that included the Caribbean island of Bonaire and the Canary Islands. People who have already left can end their vacation and get a flight back, TUI said. Travelers whose vacation is canceled are entitled to their money back or can accept vouchers.
Infrastructure Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen said Wednesday she was “disappointed and angry” at the sight of long queues at Schiphol Airport over the weekend, which means that many have ignored the urgent government advice not to travel.
Van Nieuwenhuizen is currently considering additional measures, such as requiring travelers to make a statement about the urgency of their trip, she told MPs in a briefing. The minister is expected to report back early next year.
Schiphol Director Dick Benschop and the Minister on Wednesday urged people not to fly unless absolutely necessary. “We are in a difficult situation that we have to overcome together. (..) “There was a clear advice not to travel unless it is necessary, and I support that,” said Benschop.
The Schiphol boss said he was in talks with the minister to discuss transfers of travelers flying through the airport from other countries to other destinations.
The official advice of the government is to book international travel no earlier than mid-March and not to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary.
Since Tuesday, many travelers arriving at a Dutch airport or ferry port from a non-EU country have had to prove that they have a negative coronavirus test result (a standard PCR test, not a rapid test) that is no older than 72 Hours is upon arrival and carry a signed health declaration.
The test requirement does not apply to Dutch and EU citizens, people from countries considered safe, border workers, transit passengers, people traveling by bus, car or train, and people with a Dutch residence permit.
UK nationals will be treated as third country nationals and will therefore be subject to the same restrictions as of January 1st as those outside the EU, EEA and safe countries unless they have a valid residence permit.
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