Just a few comments on my experience this week after a business trip to Holland.
Trying to understand exactly what the requirements are ISN’T straightforward, it’s easy to think that it is until you actually start to review both countries Government web site advice and they contradict each other. This is compounded further when your travel company give you the WRONG advice!
Due to the nature of our business I was exempt from the 10 day quarantine rule on arrival so armed with a mountain of forms I left a very quiet Birmingham airport with no dramas. There were one or two people desperately downloading forms after finding they didn’t have the right information. Holland is very relaxed on COVID now but masks are still required on public transport.
The return journey from Schipol was utter chaos. If returning to the UK there are additional checks needed at the airport which are completely understaffed and unclear. I witnessed people crying and confused after being refused boarding due to having taken the wrong tests/wrong time etc. Airport/airline staff giving the wrong information. Huge queues. I always arrive early for flights but I didn’t even have time for a drink, the process was so slow and confusing.
My advice to anyone thinking of flying anywhere is simply, don’t, but if you do, treble check and cross check what is required, allow LOTS of time and prepare for chaos.