The Dutch government has issued a ban on passenger air travel coming from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, effective December 20th – lasting until at least January 1st, 2021.
As from Sunday 20 Dec 6:00 AM, there is a travel ban on passenger flights from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands. Flights are suspended until at least 1 January 00:00 AM. Travellers are advised to contact their airline or to visit https://t.co/deq33WSLKT for more information
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) December 20, 2020
This comes after a mutated variant of the Coronavirus, that was first discovered in the UK, was found in the Netherlands.
While air travel was already restricted, for example through the implementation of isolation after arrival, the Dutch borders remained open. Most European countries have followed a similar strategy, requiring negative Covid-19 tests or self-isolation in order to travel internationally, but not shutting down borders entirely.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.