Airline KLM and the American partner Delta Air Lines will operate flights between Schiphol and Atlanta where passengers will be tested for corona.
Only passengers with a negative corona test are actually allowed on their flight. The test will start on December 15 and will initially take three weeks.
For travellers from Atlanta, the extended testing period means that if they are tested negative after arrival at Schiphol, they do not have to be quarantined.
To do so, they must have had a negative test done five days before arrival in the Netherlands and then went into self-isolation. Before boarding in Atlanta, they must also undergo a rapid corona test.
Delta, KLM and Schiphol set up the test with the support of the Dutch government. During the test and afterwards, it is examined whether people comply with the quarantine rules and whether the test can be continued.
The ministry emphasizes that the entry ban for non-essential journeys to the European Union remains in force.