Netherlands bans travel from India until May 1
The Dutch government has banned flights from India until at least May 1, after an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections recorded on the latter.
However, the ban will not include cargo flights as well as flights carrying medical personnel; a statement released by the Dutch government notes, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The decision was introduced by the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, on the recommendation of Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.
“The Dutch government wants to prevent the Netherlands from becoming the main point of entry for passengers traveling to the European Union from India. The decision was taken partly on the urgent advice of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) ”. the statement reads.
According to statistics published by Worldometer, India is the second most affected country in the world by the coronavirus. Since the start of the pandemic, the government has recorded a total of 18,147,200 confirmed cases of infection and more than 202,020 people have died.
The same source reveals that 14,905,982 people have fully recovered from the disease, while there are more than 3,039,190 active cases.
The rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 infections has prompted governments of other European countries to temporarily ban the entry of arrivals from India.
Since March of last year, when the coronavirus pandemic began to spread around the world, the Netherlands has recorded a total of 1,481,323 cases and 17,104 deaths, becoming the 21st most affected country by the disease.
Earlier this month, Germany and Italy announced they would not allow entry of arrivals from India in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
The German authorities have clarified that only German nationals and people holding a German residence permit from India will be allowed to enter Germany. Still, flights between the two countries will continue to operate, despite the COVID-19 situation in India.
The Italian government has also announced that it is barring entry to travelers who have visited India in the past two weeks after considering that the latter had recently been deeply affected by the disease.
Italian authorities have stressed that only Italian residents who are currently in India would be allowed to return. However, they must show a negative Coronavirus test result before departure and arrival and meet quarantine requirements.
Bangladesh and the Maldives have also banned the entry of arrivals from India due to the coronavirus situation.