Netherlands lifts ban on passenger flights from India starting June 1

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Netherlands lifts ban on passenger flights from India starting June 1

Netherlands lifts ban on passenger flights from India starting June 1 : Travel Techies Exclusive India Travel News. The Netherlands on Tuesday lifted the ban on passenger flights from India. Netherlands becomes the first country to revoke the ban on Indian flights. The ban was imposed on April 26, 2021 amidst the rising COVID-19 cases in India.

“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 tweeted.

There is still an already existing European Union ban on non-EU travelers from countries including India where the coronavirus situation is considered very high risk. A number of people are exempted from this ban, including EU residents, their family members, students and business travelers. 

Netherlands has also imposed mandatory quarantine guidelines with effect from today (June 1, 2021 00:00 hours).

Mandatory quarantine is applicable for travellers arriving from countries marked as high-risk for coronavirus infection. Additionally, the Netherlands also lifted its last flight bans as the law regulating the quarantine has taken effect.

The new guidelines states that travelers need to quarantine at a hotel or location of their choice for 10 days after their arrival in the Netherlands. However, the quarantine period can be shortened to five days if the passenger tests negative in the COVID test for the coronavirus infection after five days.

Quarantine has been made mandatory for people arriving from these high-risk countries including India, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, South Africa.

Netherlands had earlier on April 26, banned Indian flights owing to the high rise in COVID cases in India. The Netherlands Embassy in India earlier tweeted that the ban on passenger flights from India has been extended until June 1, 2021.

According to the website of Netherlands government: “There is a ban on passenger flights from India, South Africa and countries in Central and South America. New, highly infectious variants of coronavirus are present in these countries. The purpose of the flight ban is to prevent the further spread of these variants in the Netherlands. The ban is due to remain in place until June 1, 2021…. Air freight transport is exempt from the flight ban.” 

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