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Isolation duty for travelers from the United States, including those who have been vaccinated

Following the recent announcement of travel relaxation, KLM has decided to offer additional space in the United States this winter. Photo: Robin Utrecht

All travelers to the Netherlands from the United States must be isolated from December 30. This isolation duty also applies to vaccinated individuals

The State Department has tightened its travel advice on the advice of the RIVM: The United States is moving from a ‘high risk area’ to a ‘high risk area’. Travelers to the Netherlands must also show a negative on the corona test. The isolation period is set at ten days. Five days after arrival in the Netherlands, passengers will be allowed to leave the house early only if the test is negative.

Like the Netherlands, the omigran variant of the corona virus now dominates the United States. The U.S. media reported earlier this week that the peak of omigran infections in the United States was already higher than the previous delta variant. The number of hospital admissions is still low.

1.6 million tourists from the United States

Travel to the United States is important for both the airline KLM and Schiphol and the Dutch travel industry. Each year, approximately 720,000 Dutch tourists visit the United States, and we receive more than 1.6 million tourists from the country. Also, many Dutch people live as families in the United States.

Twenty months later when the US borders reopened in November many travelers were not without reason to raise their flag. At Schiphol, travelers rejoiced because they could finally meet loved ones again.

At the same time, the United States is also an important trade route to KLM and Schiphol Airport. After all, business travelers are filling up on more expensive seats. Prior to Corona, the airline generated 20 percent of its turnover from routes to the United States. KLM’s US partner Delta has a large base in Schiphol.

KLM CEO Peter Elbers saw the reopening of the United States as a key point for the airline, but now sees that recovery as rising in smoke. On Tuesday morning, the airline reiterated the importance of the United States to KLM. “The effect of bookings is yet to be determined, but passengers will benefit from consistent and clear travel restrictions. KLM invites you to strive internationally for clear and consistent agreements on this.

‘Extended hysteria’

Many U.S. airlines canceled thousands of flights last weekend because many were affected by the corona. The Department of Aviation is critical of this decision because it is believed to have a dual status.

“This is an exaggerated hysteria that focuses unilaterally on anything flying in the air. We’re all fine on the train or car going to Antwerp for shopping, but vaccinated passengers from the United States should be isolated in the Netherlands. Says Marnix Frootma Foreman.

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