Important information with regards to travelling during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Travelling abroad*

the government has issued a strict travel advisory: do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 31 March 2021.

The government is introducing extra measures to prevent new variants of the virus being imported via travellers and to further restrict the number of travel movements. A ban on flights from the United Kingdom and a docking ban for ferries from the United Kingdom is in force. A flight ban is also in force for passenger flights from the following other countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. At present the flight ban is expected to remain in force for one month, or until planned legislation on mandatory quarantine rules for travellers is in place.

In addition, all passengers travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea from high-risk areas (until March 2nd) must be able to produce a negative result of a rapid COVID-19 test performed shortly before their departure. The test must not have been performed more than four hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ship. This requirement is in addition to the existing mandatory negative test result for a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. These measures also apply to people travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands. What is more, travellers must self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. After five days they can get tested. If the result of this PCR test is negative they may end their self-quarantine. 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. As a result it may be difficult for some people to get home. Dutch nationals who have a compelling reason to travel to the Netherlands and cannot produce a negative PCR and rapid test result in time should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For travellers from countries outside the EU, a travel ban has been in force since March 2020. The government has decided to reduce the number of exemptions from this ban. As a result, business travellers, students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative sectors and people in long-distance romantic relationships wishing to travel to the Netherlands for a short period will no longer be granted entry.

These measures will take effect on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 00.01.

As per 3 March, a rapid test is no longer required. 

* This information is being actualised on a regular basis. However, no rights can be obtained from this. *Source: Netherlands Worldwide

Restrictions Schiphol Airport

Does your flight take off from Schiphol Airport? Your trip via Schiphol might be a little different than your are used to. 

Are you picking up someone of dropping off? Do not accompany travellers inside the building, only if there is no other option. Wear a face mask. 

Parking is available in P1, P3 or you can use Valet Parking Service. 

Also at Schiphol airport, 1.5m distance is required. However, whilst queing for check-in, security or boarding, 1.5m distance can be quite a challenge. Schiphol Airport has taken measures in order to secure social distancing but unfortunately, it is not always possible. Therefore, wearing a face mask in those areas is obligated. Also, every traveller is obligated to bring a completed health screening form. 

Are you in a waiting line? Place your suitcase in front of you to have more space. Ticket desks, check in desks, transfer desks etc. have protection screens and stickers reminding travellers of social distancing. Checking in online will avoid an extra contact moment. 

Following the government's measures, all eating and drinking facilities before security (such as Schiphol Plaza) will be closed. Take away services are still available. In the area after security, limited food and beverage outlets with seating will remain open. Take away services are still available here as well. All shops at Schiphol, before and after security, are closed, except for grocery stores, drugstores, the pharmacy, Service Point (Plaza), Seal & Go and financial service providers such as banks. Just like in the rest of the Netherlands, Schiphol has curfew hours. This means that all shops at the airport are closed between 21:00 and 4:30. Besides that there is an alcohol ban at Schiphol between 20:00 and 07:00: it is not allowed to buy and consume alcohol at the airport during these hours.

International trains

The Dutch Government advises to limit travelling to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the number of international trains has decreased. 

Per 1 december 2020 it is required to wear face masks in the station and at the platforms. 

Changing your travel plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Many airlines currently still have flight and/or capcityrestrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Changing your travel date or destination are in most cases allowed at no additional costs. However, a possible difference in ticket fare is still applicable.

Multiple airlines now offer the option for a refund of your ticket. It is also possible to opt for a voucher, as alternative for the cancelled flight due corona. The conditions of a voucher are as follows:  

  • Validity max. 12 months, some airlines have extended the validity to up to 24 months;
  • If unused within the validity date, the unused part must be refunded to the passenger;
  • The initiative for this is with the airline. 

Unfortunately, there is an inconsistency from airlines with regards to the conditions of vouchers. Also, vouchers are given out at the name of the passenger while the passenger, whose name is in the ticket, is not always the person who has paid for the ticket. In many cases, this is the company. 

Uniglobe Travel is 'open for business' so please do not hesitate to contact us for changing your ticket. We will inform you about the actual conditions applicable.

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