The Cabinet decided not to add the advice of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) to discourage travel to the list of Covid-19 measures announced on Saturday.
“Going on vacation is allowed, but follow the rules applicable in the country you are going to,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told Saturday’s press conference.
The UNWTO urged the government to issue an urgent notice not to travel for the holidays. “The advice is to apply the same restrictions as in December 2020 and January 2021,” UNWTO said. In December 2020, the government issued a strong advice to stay home as much as possible and not to make unnecessary travel.
The UNWTO said the government should strongly discourage travel until researchers learn more about the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus. The variant is expected to be the dominant variant in the Netherlands by the new year. “The OMT is concerned about the Omicron variant, which still represents only a small part of infections, but this share will increase very quickly,” RIVM director Jaap Van Dissel said at the press conference on Saturday.
From Wednesday, all travelers outside the Schengen area will be required to show proof of a PCR test that is less than 48 hours old. “The double-test obligation now only applies to very high-risk countries; we want this to apply to all countries outside of Europe. The Netherlands will put it into effect from next Wednesday “said De Jonge.