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Travelling and COVID-19

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Travel ban from southern part of Africa to the Netherlands

As of Friday 26 November, 12:00 PM (Amsterdam time), the following countries will be added to the list of very high-risk countries: South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Eswatini. The Dutch government has decided on this in response to the newly discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Mandatory tests and quarantine

For passengers, this means that when they travel with KLM from South Africa, they are only allowed to return to the Netherlands by plane if this is in line with the entry restrictions of the Dutch government. They are obligated to get tested and must go into quarantine for 10 days. This can be shortened to 5 days with a negative test result from the GGD.

Dutch nationals & EU citizens

Dutch nationals and EU citizens in transit to the country where they live, are still allowed to travel to the Netherlands, taking these restrictions into account. This also applies to medical staff who are committed to fighting the virus. For a complete overview of the exceptions, we refer to the Dutch government. Passengers departing from the Netherlands are still allowed to travel to southern Africa.

These restrictions also apply to travellers on the 2 flights from South Africa that landed at Schiphol before noon Friday 26 November. Travellers who have a connecting flight are also obligated to get tested.


Passengers who want to rebook their flight due to the current situation can do so under the flexible rebooking conditions that are already in force.

Please check what applies to your trip at KLM’s TravelDoc.

Read more information from the Dutch government (in Dutch).

Global rebook policies

Not sure what your departure date was? Check the confirmation e-mail you received after booking your flight.

If your flight has not been cancelled by the airline, you can only change your booking before the scheduled departure of your flight.

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