De Jong: Now there are no additional travel procedures for travelers to South Africa
There will be no stricter measures for Dutch travelers from South Africa yet. For now, planes from this area will continue to land at Schiphol, so far it has been confirmed that at least thirteen passengers have brought the infectious omikron variant from South Africa.
Minister De Jonge first wants to consult with the RIVM and other European countries on the best approach. “Everyone is different and this is going to be a mess,” he said in an additional interview.
The minister confirmed that the procedures for examining travelers were already tightened on Friday afternoon. KLM travelers from South Africa are required to take a rapid test and PCR test prior to departure, in the Netherlands this will be followed by a PCR test and quarantine obligation. Municipalities also check whether travelers are already at home, and if not, a fine of 339 euros will be imposed.
It means the Dutch from South Africa and neighboring countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
A flight ban has been imposed on flights from South Africa to the Netherlands, but this only applies to travelers from countries outside the European Union. An exception will be made for Dutch and EU citizens on their way home. “It is a matter of returning home and that must continue,” the minister said.
Watch De Jonge’s statement here:
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