Because of the current pandemic situation, travel companies in the Netherlands have informed that the summer holidays will be more expensive and it will have a shortage of supplies.
The government of the Netherlands has decided to continue with the idea of not traveling abroad unless it’s urgency until May 15, considering the fact that many countries have increased numbers of infections.
Additionally, since only some countries are in the low-risk level list, travel companies have stated that the requests for holiday trips will be huge, despite the fact that the non-traveling abroad advice will no longer be valid by the end of May.
According to the Chief Executive of travel company Corendo, Steven van der Heijden, the average holiday package per person is estimated to be over Є200. Furthermore, he stated that: ”In addition, popular destinations such as the Canary Islands, Crete, Corfu, and mainland Spain are still not open to Dutch tourists, and it will take even longer before destinations like Turkey and Egypt are cleared.”
The Netherlands’ Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) has come with a proposal to help travel with its neighboring countries. They called for a ‘travel bubble’ in which the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany can keep their borders open to each other, allowing people to travel if the vaccination passports are delayed.
While we’re at the issue of vaccination documents, it is important to mention that this remains an unsorted issue still. However, the EU is planning on coming out with an app that will act as proof to show whether people have been vaccinated or not.
The Netherlands’ Board of Tourism and Conventions also conducted a survey where it shows that almost half of the Dutch plan to stay in the Netherlands and spend their vacations there. Despite the fact that most people really want to go on a summer holiday, around 45% will not travel abroad.
According to the statistics in the Netherlands, 1,571,398 people have been tested positive, 17,380 reported deaths, and currently more than 220,730 active cases.