KLM Cancels Long-Haul Flights As Netherlands Tightens Travel Restrictions

By Kurt Stolz on 22 January 2021
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Officials in the Netherlands announced new travel restrictions that are the strictest in the European Union.

The move prompted KLM to cancel all long-haul flights while the restrictions are in place.

The new regulations come one week after KLM, in conjunction with joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines, began to offer a testing program that would allow travelers to the Netherlands to bypass quarantine requirements entirely.

Among the new restrictions are a requirement to show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and a negative rapid test taken without four hours of departure.

The new rules apply to all passenger whether by air or by sea from “high-risk areas.”  It also applies to travelers departing from the Dutch Caribbean as well, including the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.

KLM had to cancel over 270 long-haul flights given the anticipated drop in demand.

“Since rapid test facilities are not available near all ports and airports, the government expects that the double-test requirement will reduce the amount of travel to the Netherlands,” the government said in its guidance. “The aim of the new measures is to reduce the current infection rate, delay the spread of the original and new coronavirus variants and prevent the new variants’ entry into the Netherlands as much as possible.”

Travelers entering the Netherlands must then also either self-quarantine for ten days or isolate for five days and obtain a negative result from another coronavirus test.

The new rules also bar travelers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom.

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