On Tuesday, June 1st 2021, the Netherlands lifted the ban which was imposed on passenger flights from India.
Given rising COVID-19 cases in India, the Netherlands had imposed a ban on Indian passenger flights on April 26, 2021.
The Netherlands had on April 26 decided to suspend India flights as “the epidemiological situation on the ground (in India) is very serious…” The Netherlands Embassy in India tweeted in April 2021 that the “ban on passenger flights from India has been extended until June 1, 2021.”
“As per the Dutch Government ban on passenger flights from India that had come into force on April 26, 2021, has been lifted w.e.f 01 June 2021,” the India embassy here tweeted.
All travellers from India, South Africa and South America will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. They will be required to present a quarantine statement and a recent negative coronavirus test upon arrival in the Netherlands.
They can choose to get tested for coronavirus after only five days in isolation. If the test is negative, they can come out of quarantine. The rule applies to all travellers, regardless of their mode of transport.
However, the European Union ban on non-EU travellers from countries where the coronavirus situation is considered very high risk, still exists.
While the government’s flight ban has been lifted from Tuesday, the EU entry ban remains in effect. Therefore, only travellers who are exempt from the EU’s travel restrictions will be allowed to enter the country. Of course, a handful of exceptions to the mandatory quarantine rule are there for example, if the travellers are visiting a sick relative or are attending a funeral in the Netherlands.
However, all travellers will have to present a quarantine statement even if they are not expected to quarantine. A 435 euro fine will be imposed on those failing to comply with the government’s quarantine rule.