KLM will go on to fly to South Africa, suggests passengers need to comply with procedures

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Dutch flag provider KLM stated on Friday afternoon it will keep on to fly amongst the Netherlands and South Africa, even with the so-referred to as ban on flights imposed by the Netherlands.

The governing administration reported on Friday morning that it was banning flights from southern Africa in an effort to continue to keep out a new, probably much more harmful, variant of coronavirus, which South African experts have identified.

KLM explained in a statement that the conclusion to flag South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe as a pretty-substantial-hazard region usually means travellers traveling KLM from South Africa to the Netherlands will only be permitted to board if they comply with the entry constraints imposed by the Dutch authorities.

The entry ban does not apply for the repatriation of people today carrying Dutch passports, EU citizens, Schengen citizens, health care emergency staff members, ships’ crew, airline staff members and individuals travelling underneath outstanding conditions, these as spouse and children emergencies, the airline mentioned.

In addition, travellers who are allowed to board will have to have a detrimental PCR take a look at and go into quarantine on arrival. The 10 day quarantine can be reduced to five times if a adverse test is obtained just after 5 days by using a regional health board screening centre.

Two flights arrived from South Africa on Friday morning, and travellers were retained at the airport till they had all had a coronavirus check and the outcomes.

A single of people stuck at the airport was Stephanie Nolen, the New York Instances international health reporter. She mentioned on Twitter that passengers on her flight had been stuck on the plane for various hrs and the catering provider ended up not authorized to provide in any water.

Afterwards, the travellers were authorized to depart the planes to wait around for their take a look at results, with various getting to social media to complain about the deficiency of food items, drinking water and data.

‘It is a incredibly hard situation and a exceptional 1,’ a Schiphol spokesman informed broadcaster NOS. ‘We are doing all we can with our partners to deal with this in a very good and harmless way. We would phone on everybody to continue to keep their length from each other.’

The problem of the new coronavirus variant was not mentioned at Friday’s press conference.

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