Brits won’t face flight ban to NL, but double testing and quarantine are in place

Photo: Odi Busman
Photo: Odi Busman

The Netherlands does not plan to ban British nationals from travelling to the Netherlands and visa versa despite the rise in Delta variant coronavirus infections in Britain, a transport ministry spokesman has told news website

Hong Kong has banned passenger flights from the UK and German chancellor Angela Merkel is also said to want further restrictions across the EU because of the surge in cases. Portugal and the Spanish islands are also introducing new restrictions on people from the UK.

‘We have introduced compulsory quarantine and a double test requirement for people from countries where the Delta variant is dominant,’ the spokesman said. ‘That replaces the flight ban.’

The Delta variant will account for half of all infections in the Netherlands within a few few weeks, public health institute RIVM said earlier in June.

However, the RIVM does not expect the variant to have a significant impact in the short term and says hospital admissions will continue to decline. This is due to both the vaccination programme and seasonal factors.

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