The Netherlands has decided to implement a ban on passenger flights from India. The infrastructure ministry has made this new ruling, which was taken by the urgent advice from public health institute RIVM, due to the high number of coronavirus new cases that are being reported in India.
India has reported over 300,000 new cases a day, and in order to prevent the third wave of coronavirus and its new variant, the cabinet banned India’s flights, the infrastructure ministry stated in a statement.
Not all flights have been banned
Moreover, passenger flights are barred, but cargo flights still have the permission to land at the Netherlands airports, and this ruling will remain up until 1 May.
Other countries are not allowed
Since January, passenger flights from South Africa and some other countries in South America have been barred from going to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has also banned non-EU residents, but with some expectations such as students, businesses, people who have long-distance relationships with someone who lives in the Netherlands or other EU countries, and people who work under migrant schemes. Even these expectations are obligated to have a negative coronavirus test.
Aid for India
The Minister for Development Cooperation has pledged €2.5 million to the Red Cross, and €1 million will go to India for its coronavirus emergency.
In addition, the Netherlands has donated €40 million to the international Covax program. This program, which has already been aiding India, will regulate vaccines for certain developing countries.