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Flights from UK to Netherlands banned, as of 20 December

Old Dec 20th 2020, 10:33 am
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Exclamation Flights from UK to Netherlands banned, as of 20 December

If anyone has, or knows anyone who has, plans to travel to the Netherlands for the next 10 days, please make them aware that flights between our two countries have been cancelled as of this morning, and that other modes of transport are being considered also.

Link to announcement on Government.nl


On the basis of reports on the situation in the UK, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has reviewed the travel advisories for people arriving in the Netherlands from the United Kingdom. Pending further details and greater clarity on the situation in the United Kingdom, RIVM has advised that the risk of the new virus strain being introduced to the Netherlands should be minimised as much as possible by restricting or regulating travel from the UK. As a result, the Dutch government decided this evening to take the following precaution:

  • ​​​​​​​At 06.00 local time on 20 December a ban on flights carrying passengers from the United Kingdom will enter into force. This ban will remain in place until 1 January 2021 at the latest.

The government is closely monitoring developments abroad with regard to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is considering additional measures regarding other modes of transport. Over the next few days, together with other EU member states, it will explore the scope for further limiting the risk of the new strain of the virus being brought over from the UK. The government wishes to emphasise once again that travelling abroad carries a substantial risk of spreading coronavirus. Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential.

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Old Dec 20th 2020, 11:15 am
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Belgium will follow suit as of midnight tonight, initially for 24 hours. This includes Eurostar rail services to Brussels.

The decision is a “precautionary measure” in response to the flight ban that was imposed by the Netherlands, to prevent the spread of a more infectious mutation of the coronavirus, which has seen the UK return to strict lockdown measures for the holiday period.

For the time being, the Belgian measure only applies for 24 hours, as scientific consultations on this virus mutation are still ongoing. “However, it could be extended, if that proves necessary,” he added.
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Indeed. Italy has now joined the flight ban. According to the Guardian, both Germany and France may follow suit (but nothing official yet as far as I can see).
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Link to www.government.nl (In English)

Travel restrictions for flights, ferries, trains, coaches and cars


Is there still a flight ban and a docking ban for ferries?

No. The flight ban and the docking ban for ferries carrying passengers which were introduced on 20 December were lifted on 23 December.

What travel restrictions apply if I want to travel to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom by air or sea?

To travel to the Netherlands by air or sea you will need to have a negative PCR test result and present it before boarding.The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. If you do not have a negative test result and a negative test declaration you will not be allowed to board. You must self-quarantine for 10 days immediately on arriving in the Netherlands.

Are international trains and coaches still running between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands?

Yes. From 23 December trains and coaches between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are running again through the Eurotunnel/Channel Tunnel. Because these trains and coaches pass through France, passengers must be able to show a negative COVID‑19 test result. This is an extra requirement imposed by the French government. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before you arrive in the Netherlands.

Can I travel through the Eurotunnel by car?

Yes. Because you will be travelling through France on your journey, you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are arriving from the United Kingdom. This is an extra requirement imposed by the French government. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. You must self-quarantine for 10 days immediately on arriving in the Netherlands.

I am a lorry driver. Can I travel between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands?

The travel restrictions and the requirement to show a negative COVID-19 test result do not apply to lorry drivers using ferry services to and from the Netherlands. If you travel via the Channel Tunnel the French rules apply. This means you must have a negative COVID‑19 test result to travel via the Channel Tunnel. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before you arrive in the Netherlands.
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