Trump announces travel entry ban on Schengen area, effective Saturday

The United States is introducing a travel ban for the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen area, the NOS reported, including the Netherlands. The ban will enter into force this coming Saturday at 4.59 am CET and will remain for a duration of 30 days.

The entry ban is supposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the US. However, this restriction does not apply to the UK. Furthermore, American citizens and permanent legal residents will not face restrictions (although additional screening might apply on entering the US).

Of course, this travel ban is causing a lot of confusion and uncertainty (and it’s an outright blow if you had a nice trip to the States coming up in the next). A further announcement by the US administration made clear that the ban wasn’t applicable to cargo flights.

Obviously the travel industry is going to take an unprecedented hit with this travel ban. And it’s still somewhat unclear if you’re guaranteed to get your money back if you have to cancel or rebook.

COVID-19 hits hard

The coronavirus has now spread to more than 100 countries. Consequently the WHO has now declared the virus as a pandemic, although epidemiologists have said this for weeks now.

Furthermore, as a result of the virus stock shares have, as a consequence of this ban, have decreased around the world.

In the Netherlands, the region of North-Brabant is the first to cancel public events (such as football matches) due to the coronavirus and urge people to work from home, although other regions will likely follow.

More on the coronavirus

For more information about the coronavirus in the Netherlands, be sure to check out our guide to stay up-to-date with the most recent information.

You can also watch our video, where we touch upon questions like how did coronavirus come to the Netherlands? What can you do against it in daily life? Is the Netherlands properly prepared for a COVID-19 pandemic? 

And if you’re feeling a little anxious about the coronavirus overload, this article might help. 

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Vedika Luthra
Vedika Luthra
Vedika was born in India, raised in Poland and moved to the Netherlands to study. Like her nationality, she’s confused about what she likes most, which is why her bachelor’s degree was in liberal arts and sciences. She enjoys writing about all things food-related but likes to mix it up every now and then.


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