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DFDS welcomes the return of holiday travel to Holland

  • Quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated UK residents travelling to Holland is lifted
  • Ferry operator DFDS ready to welcome travellers on its Newcastle-Amsterdam route

( 23 September 2021) UK holidaymakers can now travel to Holland without quarantining provided they are fully vaccinated, following an announcement by the Dutch government. The move has been welcomed by award-winning ferry operator DFDS, which runs passenger and freight ferries to Holland on its route between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

While the company’s ships have continued to run between the UK and the Dutch city, carrying essential goods in and out of the country and repatriating UK and Dutch residents, they have been unable to carry holidaymakers since the restrictions were put in place late last year.

With 82 per cent of the British population now fully vaccinated, the requirement for travellers from the UK to quarantine upon arriving in the Netherlands has been lifted for those who have had their jabs. The quarantine rules for people returning to the UK from the Netherlands were lifted by the UK government at the beginning of August. 

From Monday 4 October a simpler travel system in the UK will be put in place. The traffic light system will be replaced with a red list and non-red list of countries and fully vaccinated passengers travelling to the UK will no longer be required to take pre-departure tests.  

Teun-Wim Leene, Route Director at DFDS, said: “We are delighted with the announcement from the Dutch and UK governments and our crew is looking forward to welcoming more passengers onboard again. 

“The advantage of travelling by ferry is the space onboard, which makes social distancing possible at all times. With access to the outside deck areas throughout the crossing, the luxury of your own cabin and the flexibility offered by taking your own vehicle, getting the ferry to Holland is the best way to travel. Our Travel Guarantee also means that passengers can book with complete peace of mind, as it offers the opportunity to rebook crossings free of charge until 30 September 2022 if their plans change.”

Find out more about getting the ferry to Holland at www.dfds.com