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

Travelling abroad*

Travel advice has been amended from orange (only essential travel) to yellow (travel possible but health risks) for the countries listed below:

Belgium (except city of Antwerp and Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest; the Belgian government does not allow non-essential travelling to and from the Dutch provinces Zuid-Holland and Noord-Holland (code red) from 18 September 16:00 hrs. Persons  travelling from Zuid-Holland and Noord-Holland who travel to Belgium for essential reasons need to have themselves tested upon arrival in one of the Belgian testing centres and have to self-quarantine for 14 days obligatory. The Belgian govenment also require people travelling from Groningen to have themselves tested and self-quarantined for 14 days in Belgium), Curacao, Denmark (except cities of Copenhagen, Odense and surroundings) Germany, France (except Paris and the following departments: l'Ain, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Haute-Marne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre et Loire, Isère, Landes, Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe et Moselle, Pas de Calais, Puy de Dôme, Pyrénées Atlantiques, Pyrénées Orientales, Tarn-et-Garonne, la Côte-d’Or, la Seine-Maritime, le Nord, la Corse-du-Sud en la Haute Corse, les Alpes Maritimes, les Bouches-du-Rhône, l’Essonne, le Gard, la Gironde, la Haute-Garonne, les Hauts-de-Seine, le Hérault, le Loiret, le Rhône, la Sarthe, la Seine-et-Marne, la Seine-Saint-Denis, le Val-de-Marne, le Val-d’Oise, le Var, le Vauclus, les Yvelines, Seine Maritime en Tarn en Vienne), Greece (only mainland and Peloponnesos; for the Greek Isles the orange traveladvice is applicable), Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria (except Vienna and Innsbruck), Poland, Portugal (except Areo Metropolitana de Lisboa and Leziria do Tejo), Sweden and Switzerland. You can travel to these countries but take note of certain health & safety risks. It is required to have a health screening form, you will receive this from the airline you travel with. 

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

*Source: Nederland Wereldwijd

Actual situation Schiphol Airport

Currently, already many flights to European destinations have resumed and the expectation is that this will further expand in the upcoming months. Priority is that first as many destinations as possible will be resumed followed by an increase of capacity and/or frequency. 

Wearing a face covering at the airport and on board is required, as well as bringing a completed health screening form which you will receive from your airline. Passengers need to bring their own facial protection. Qatar Airways obligates passengers in economy class to wear a face screen. These are being provided on board. 

Travel restrictions can cary per country and can change every minute. Contact your Uniglobe Travel Professional for the actual situation. 

Restrictions Schiphol Airport

Does your flight take off from Schiphok 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. 

A limited number of bar/restaurants at the airport is open with limited seating capacity. 

International trains

Also international trains like Thalys, IC and Eurostar have resumed their services. When you travel by train, wearing a face mask is required and their will be a revised seating option. Full catering services is resumed as per 7 September. 

Health Screening Form

You will receive a Health Screening Form from your airline. The form is made by the GGD and RIVM and needs to be completed before boarding. You need to keep the form with you until you completed all your travel. 

At Schiphol Airport, you might be requested to show the form. You will also receive information about the current measures in The Netherlands upon arrival 

EU travel restrictions

The Netherlands have lifted the travelrestrictions for travellers originating from the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georga, Japan, Maroc, New-Zealand, Rwanda, South-Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, Uruguay. For travellers originating from China, travel restrictions will be lifted as soon as China lifts the travelrestrictions for EU-citizens. For travellers coming from high risk areas the following restrictions are applicable: 

  •  Health Screening Form required
  • Travellers are advised to self-quarentine during 14 days 
  • A EU-travel restriction for all non-essential travel by travellers from third countries to Europe (all EU members, Schengen countries and the UK).  

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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