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Friday, September 24, 2021

The Netherlands cancels the ban for flights from South Africa

The six-month travel ban for South Africa flights has now been cancelled by the Netherlands.

However, the ease of restrictions means that the Dutch residents who want to come back, and in-bound tourists are the only ones who can enter the Netherlands. Additionally, the majority of South Africans cannot enter the Netherlands because of the imposed suspension of flights by the European Union (EU).

Ever since the new concerns about the 501Y.V2 virus variant, the Netherlands has put a travel ban for the South Africans. There have been limited flights only from South Africa, with departures of Dutch and EU residents into Amsterdam.

The travel ban was extended many times ever since January, however, on Tuesday, the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs came out with a statement that the flights from South Africa can be re-established.

Despite the fact that the EU Commission advised its member states to allow only fully vaccinated people to travel to their countries, this policy is yet to be accepted by every European nation. A Digital Covid Certificate alongs with the negative test and a certification of vaccination has been put to test in EU and by the end of July, it is estimated to take place in every member state.

Until this policy gets fully adopted, the majority of South Africans cannot travel to the Netherlands or other countries in the EU. But there are some exceptions such as students, key workers and people with strong family reasons who are allowed to enter in the EU.

Travelers who are not from the EU, or who come from ”high-risk” countries are obliged to have their negative test result within 24 hours before flying off to the Netherlands.

Students from South Africa who need to travel to the Netherlands for less than 3 months – with the necessary proof, will be allowed to travel.

 

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