Airlines flying to the Netherlands are still allowed to apply an alternative rapid test protocol for the crew. Ministers Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) have agreed to this on the basis of a positive advice from the OMT. This means, among other things, that KLM can continue to operate long flights, without the airline running the risk of crew members having to stay abroad.
Crew members must take a PCR or LAMP test for a maximum of three days before departure and adhere to strict quarantine measures during their stay abroad, according to the ministers. This means that crew members must stay in their hotel room as much as possible and airlines must also take measures for transport from the airport to the place of residence.
The protocol must be in line with the applicable RIVM regulations. De Jonge and Van Nieuwenhuizen hope that airlines will limit contact with the local population as much as possible.
The ministers today informed the House of Representatives about the alternative method that, according to the OMT, offers the same safety for public health as the requirement for a quick test for crew members just before departure to the Netherlands. “If a crew member develops complaints, they will fly back with a mouth and nose mask and be isolated on the plane”, says RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel.
KLM and other airlines had indicated that not all destinations were feasible due to the rapid test obligation, because the policy turned out to be impracticable in practice.