UK travellers banned from all Netherlands flights amid new coronavirus strain

Passengers from the UK are to be banned from travelling to the Netherlands amid the detection of a new coronavirus strain.

Flights with UK travellers will not be allowed into Netherlands until January 1 according to a government statement.

The travel ban which will be in place from 6am on Sunday December 20, comes amid reports of a new strain of coronavirus which is thought to spread faster.

Developments will be monitored, according to officials, and other modes of transport will also be assessed.

“An infectious mutation of the COVID-19 virus is circulating in the United Kingdom. It is said to spread more easily and faster and is more difficult to detect,” the health ministry said in a statement.

Netherlands added that in early December, sampling of a case in the country had revealed the same virus strain as that found in the UK.

In measures to control the spread of virus, government issued a “do not travel” advisory, unless it is absolutely essential.

The ban came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists announced on Saturday that the new strain of coronavirus identified in the country is up to 70% more infectious.

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Johnson also said London and southeast England, which are currently in the highest level of a three-tier system of rules, would now be placed in a new Tier 4 level.

He announced a stay-at-home order today which means families will no longer be able to meet at Christmas.

From Sunday, residents living in Tier 4 must not leave their area and will be subject to a legal stay at home order, while they will not be able to form or join Christmas bubbles.

People could risk arrest and fines if they break the rules but Mr Johnson said the "bulk of the population" will continue to do the right thing.

In other EU travel changes, if travelling from January 1 2021 you may need to apply for your British passport earlier than usual, as it will need to meet new rules for travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

Under these new rules, your passport must have at least six months left, and be less than ten years old.

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