Dozens of travel organizations are suing the government because they believe the Foreign Office is giving incorrect travel advice. Code Orange travel warnings also apply to vaccinated travelers to countries outside the European Union, while the risks to such people are low, according to a total of 72 organizations. According to the companies, the state can expect a summons later this week.
Small and medium-sized specialist companies, including Explore Tanzania, Jambo Safari Club and Around The World Travel, are involved in the lawsuits. They say long-haul travel is unfairly discouraged, causing significant damage to the industry. Travel organizations have argued that the quarantine requirement outside the EU no longer applies to vaccinated travelers and that vaccinations work well everywhere, including outside the EU.
Therefore, they demand “reliable travel advice” which considers that the majority of Dutch people are vaccinated. Current travel advice predates vaccines, organizations said, and countries that are safe for people to be vaccinated should be given travel advice coded yellow or green.
According to travel suppliers, the ministry says it is “working to develop a plan, maybe in November,” but it will be too late. “What Dutch travelers expect from the caretaker firm is up-to-date, accurate and immediately reliable travel advice,” said Joshua van Eijndhoven of travel agency Voja Travel. He spoke on behalf of the 72 travel organizations. “Reliable travel advice, of course, means taking into account that you are vaccinated. “
The Foreign Office said in a response that the Code Orange for travel advice for many countries outside of Europe was there for a reason. “For example, we have seen before that the inhabitants of the orange zones can face rapidly deteriorating conditions, and sudden local measures like quarantine,” said a spokeswoman. She said she understands that people would like to return to faraway destinations, but that traveling must be responsible. “For the traveler himself and also for the benefit of Dutch public health.” The government is working on a “future proof” travel policy against coronaviruses. Several ministries are involved. “At this point, we cannot say exactly what the changes will entail or when these changes will be implemented. “