In the coming days, KLM will pick up nearly 2 thousand travelers stranded in Australia, Bali and New Zealand with its first flights to Australia in decades. "It has been 20 years since we landed at Sydney Airport," the Dutch airline said on Twitter. These repatriation flights are happening in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A total of some 19 thousand Dutch people are still stranded abroad by restrictions implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 and looking for a way home, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to broadcaster NOS. The Ministry is doing "its best" to get them home, but that's not always easy, Blok said.
The Netherlands is currently discussing special landing rights with Panama, Suriname, Columbia and Peru, to send flights to repatriate Netherlands citizens
The some 200 thousand Dutch tourists stuck abroad are running out of time and possibilities to get home as more and more countries close their borders and global air traffic gets closer to being shut down. Some 150 thousand people are at risk of getting stranded for a long time, the Telegraaf reports after speaking to travel agencies and airlines.
More and more countries are closing their borders due to the Covid-19 outbreak, resulting in more and more airlines canceling flights, leaving a large number of Dutch people stuck abroad. The general association of Dutch travel agencies ANVR thinks about 200 thousand Dutch who booked through a travel agency is stuck outside the Netherlands.
Tens of thousands of Dutch travelers are stuck abroad. More and more countries are banning incoming flights from Europe, and Dutch people already there find it almost impossible to leave. They face closed borders, canceled flights, travel organizations that won't answer the phone, and an embassy that can do little for them, NOS reports.
Airline Transavia received permission to organize a number of extra flights to pick up Dutch people stranded in Morocco, the Dutch embassy in Rabat said. Morocco canceled all flights due to the coronavirus Covid-19, leaving many people stranded, AD reports.
On Sunday afternoon, Transavia reported that at least one flight will bring passengers from Marrakech to Amsterdam on Monday. "We are preparing even more extra flights. As soon as these become available, they can also be booked directly via our website," the airline said to the newspaper.
A group of 25 Dutch tourists are quarantined in a hotel in the Vietnamese coastal town of Hoi An, a spokesperson for TUI Nederland confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday. During a domestic flight, the group was on a plane with a person possibly infected with coronavirus Covid-19.
The Dutch travelers are in Vietnam as part of a group trip organized by travel organization Kras Reizen, which is part of TUI. The local authorities conducted Covid-19 tests and the travelers must stay in the Cua Dai Beach Hotel until the results are known.
Two Dutch mountain climbers died while on an expedition at the glacier in the Pitztal in Austria. They were found dead in their tent early on Saturday morning. It is believed they died from carbon monoxide poisoning, AD reports.
The Dutch men, aged 50 and 52, were found by other participants in the expedition. They were camping at a height of over 3 thousand meters at the time. The climbers slept in dome tents and had to prepare their own meals. It is believed that a gas stove used for this purpose leaked carbon monoxide into the tent.
Last year 46.3 million people spent the night in accommodations in the Netherlands, an increase of 5 percent compared to 2018. The number of overnight stays increased by 7 percent to 124 million nights spent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Both the number of Dutch and foreign tourists who spent the night in registered accommodations increased, by 3 percent and 8 percent respectively.
Two more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus Covid-19 at hotel H10 Costa Adeje Palace on Tenerife. The hotel on the Canary Island was quarantined on Tuesday after another two guests tested positive for the virus, NOS reports.
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan increased to 61, the Japanese Minister of Health announced. So far, none of the five Dutch people on board the ship seem to be infected with the lung virus. They are staying optimistic, one said to RTL Nieuws.
A Dutch man may be a suspect in the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Romania. The girl, Mihaela Fieraru, did not come home from school on Friday. Her body was found on Sunday, in a field a few kilometers from her hometown of Gura Sutii, NOS and NU.nl report.
The Romanian police have not confirmed the suspect's nationality, but Romanian media report that he's Dutch based on an unofficial statement from a police officer.
A 66-year-old Dutch man is missing in the Spanish province of Alicante. He fell into a drainage canal in a flooded area of the municipality of Dolores on Sunday afternoon and was dragged away by the water. A 57-year-old Dutch man died after falling 20 meters from a cliff on the Spanish island of Majorca.
The missing man was vacationing in Alicante, NOS reports. His family reported the accident to the local police, which launched a search involving divers, boats and a helicopter. The man had not been found by nightfall, when the search was halted.
Just over a year after the disappearance of Arjen Kamphuis in Norway, the Norwegian police closed the file. The investigators believe that the Dutch cyber security expert likely died in a kayaking accident and that his body ended up in the sea, NU.nl reports.
A Dutch couple was arrested in Spain on Saturday for illegal possession of weapons of war, the Spanish police said on Friday. During a check at the border between Spain and France, the Spanish police found an arsenal of "extremely dangerous" weapons in the couple's van, the police said, AD reports.
A 67-year-old Dutch man was seriously injured in a fall in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday. There are concerns that the man may now be paralyzed, NOS reports.
The accident happened while the man and his wife were walking near the town of Bludenz in western Austria on Wednesday afternoon. The man fell around 15 meters and landed in a very rocky area, according to the broadcaster.
A doctor who happened to be in the area provided first aid before the Dutch man was airlifted to a hospital in Feldkirch.
Two Dutch men were arrested at the Sziget festival in Hungary over the weekend on suspicion of drug dealing. Local news site 444 called the arrest the "biggest drug bust ever" at the festival.
A total of 451 bottles of narcotics, 128 grams of cannabis and a kilogram of ecstasy pills were confiscated from the 21- and 22-year-old suspects, according to NU.nl. The drugs have a street value of around 15 thousand euros. The police also found over 500 price lists on the suspects and at the festival, 444 reports.
A Dutch tourist was killed in an accident during a jeep excursion in the Turkish resort town of Alanya. Eleven others, including three Dutch, were injured. Travel organization Corendon "has customers who have had an accident", the company confirmed to RTL Nieuws.
According to local media, the tourists were on the way to the Sapadere Canyon by jeep on Tuesday afternoon when the accident happened. The jeep went off the road and ended up up-side-down in a ravine.
An 18-year-old Dutch man is in critical condition after he fell from the balcony of a 5th floor hotel room on the Spanish island of Majorca, where he was vacationing with friends. His fall from a height of about 15 meters was broken by a garbage container in the alley next to the hotel, AD reports based on reports in local media.
A 30-year-old man from Barneveld drowned while vacationing in Pisogne in northern Italy. His body was found in Lake Iseo on Saturday, five days after he disappeared in the water. "Five terrible, debilitating days of uncertainty have come to an end", his parent's wrote on Facebook. "Today they found our son Henry."
Dewi de Koster, a 21-year-old man from Haarlem, died after a night out in the popular Spanish party town of Lloret de Mar. The Dutch man was found unconscious in the street with severe head injuries during the early hours of Saturday morning. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Barcelona a few days later. His family is desperate to know what happened, his sister Amy Moison said to the Telegraaf.
A 52-year-old Dutch woman died while holidaying in Italy on Friday. She was hiking with her husband and their two sons, aged 12 and 14, when she slipped and fell 100 meters into a canyon, according to Italian newspaper Trento Today.
The tragic accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Friday while the family was on a multi-day hike on Pale di San Martino in the Dolomites. They were hiking from the Canali Valley on hiking trial 709 to the Pradidali mountain hut. They were 500 meters way from reaching the hut, which is located at an altitude of 2,278 meters, when the woman fell.
A 43-year-old Dutch man and his 3-year-old daughter were killed in a serious traffic accident on the A8 highway near Munich in Germany on Sunday morning. The 39-year-old mother and their two other children, aged 11 and 13 years, were seriously injured, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch family was traveling south in their minibus when it went off the road for unknown reasons and hit a tree. The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The mother was driving at the time, according to the broadcaster. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
A serious traffic accident between a Dutch and a Belgian car in Spain left three people dead on Sunday. The victims are a 61-year-old Dutch man, a 25-year-old Belgian man, and a 2-year-old Belgian child. Three others were seriously injured, newspaper AD reports based on reports in local media.
The accident happened just after 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of the AP-7 and AP-70 highways near Alicante, about a kilometer away from a toll booth. The two vehicles collided with each other for unclear reasons.