January 2021

Fleet Notice – travel information COVID-19 – 24.01.2021

Please note, that the Government of The Netherlands implement more severe travelling restrictions being in force from 23/01/2021. One of the most important for us is a requirement of additional rapid covid test to be performed not earlier than 4 hrs prior departure. This short notice announcement created difficulties and chaos in travels to The Netherlands for people travelling from small airports, where rapid tests were not available in the terminal. For example people travelling from Gdansk to Amsterdam at 06:30 on Sunday 24/01 were obliged to submit result of the test done on this Sunday between 02:30 and 06:00 LT.

In addition to this KLM announced planned cancellation of many intercontinental flights and some of European ones in connection with imposed restrictions. Unfortunately KLM has been recently main airline and Amsterdam a main hub for SMT Travelers. We had to change urgently already booked flights and find another routes and the airlines to perform the crew changes as planned.

Dutch Government announcement

Extra travel restrictions

Every journey a person makes increases the chance of causing more infections or of bringing new variants of coronavirus into the Netherlands. For this reason, the government has issued a strict travel advisory: do not travel abroad and do not book any trips abroad in the period up to and including 31 March 2021.

The government is introducing extra measures to prevent new variants of the virus being imported via travellers and to further restrict the number of travel movements. A ban on flights from the United Kingdom and a docking ban for ferries from the United Kingdom is in force. A flight ban is also in force for passenger flights from the following other countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. At present the flight ban is expected to remain in force for one month, or until planned legislation on mandatory quarantine rules for travelers is in place.

In addition, all passengers travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea from high-risk areas must be able to produce a negative result of a rapid COVID-19 test performed shortly before their departure. The test must not have been performed more than four hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ship. This requirement is in addition to the existing mandatory negative test result for a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. These measures also apply to people travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands. What is more, travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. After five days they can get tested. If the result of this PCR test is negative they may end their self-quarantine. Since rapid test facilities are not available near all ports and airports, the government expects that the double-test requirement will reduce the amount of travel to the Netherlands. As a result it may be difficult for some people to get home. Dutch nationals who have a compelling reason to travel to the Netherlands and cannot produce a negative PCR and rapid test result in time should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For travelers from countries outside the EU, a travel ban has been in force since March 2020. The government has decided to reduce the number of exemptions from this ban. As a result, business travellers, students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative sectors and people in long-distance romantic relationships wishing to travel to the Netherlands for a short period will no longer be granted entry.

These measures will take effect on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 00.01.

https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2021/01/20/lockdown-measures-tightened-in-response-to-concerns-about-new-variants-of-virus

 

KLM notice

You need to have a recent negative rapid test result of one of the following rapid tests: antigen test, RT-LAMP test, molecular test, NAAT test, TMA test, or ID NOW test. This test must be taken within 4 hours before departure. You can bring digital proof.

 

GDN Airport  notice (latest update on Sunday 24/02/2021)

We urgently established cooperation with a laboratory that will perform commercial antigen tests at the Gdańsk airport. They will be launched by HMS-Assistance. Its team will start work on Monday, January 25, at 3:00 a.m., in order to be able to test passengers on KLM's morning flights to Amsterdam. The airline's planes take off from Monday to Sunday at 6.30 am.

Those traveling to the Netherlands from Gdańsk by KLM planes at 18.00 and Wizz Air airlines to Eindhoven twice a week at 10.15 can take antigen tests at the HMS-Assistance clinic and laboratory in Gdynia, at 6 Pułaskiego Street in the city center. It is open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.

All passengers who want to perform quick antigen tests at the airport and in the laboratory in Gdynia must register in advance by e-mail to the following address: rejestracja@hms-assistance24.com. You can also contact the clinic by phone from Monday to Friday from 7.00-19.00 tel. +48 798 731 731, and on weekends on the mobile number + 48 519 073 753.

The cost of the coronavirus test will range from PLN 160 to PLN 200, depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. You will have to pay PLN 110 to PLN 200 for the test result certificate.

Collection point at the airport:

The swabs will be collected and the results will be issued in the infirmary, located in the T2 passenger terminal, next to Check-in No. 1. Information boards will be set up in the terminal. This place will also be indicated by the employees of the 24/7 Tourist and Airport Information Center and other airport employees. Passengers should receive test results just 20 minutes after the test is performed.

E-mail to which passengers should report their willingness to take the test: rejestracja@hms-assistance24.com

Helpline to the HMS-Assistance network, tel. +48 798 519 519