Summer holidays outside the EU are not yet excluded: TUI Netherlands
Travel operator TUI Netherlands has yet to speak out against organized trips to Turkey and other non-EU destinations this summer. The Belgian branch of the company said it was canceling all trips to countries outside the EU until August inclusive, De Telegraaf reported.
“We continue to fly in part to destinations outside the EU which are designated by the travel advice code yellow. Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba are popular long-haul destinations and these trips will continue, ”said Petra Kok, representative of TUI Netherlands.
“We have now canceled Turkey until July 16. You can still book with us, but only go on a trip when the travel tips turn yellow or green,” Kok said. TUI Netherlands has announced that it will not fly to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Tunisia this summer. The prospect of a reduction in travel alerts “seems very limited there,” said Kok.
The general negative travel advisories from the Netherlands expired on May 15 and the Dutch Foreign Ministry has since carried out travel risk assessments for each country. The countries are divided into four groups according to the level of risk, and each of them is designated by a color code. However, many countries outside the EU still carry Code Orange, which means that it is not recommended to go there for tourist purposes.
Before a unified EU approach potentially brings more clarity on international travel, individual member states are tasked with issuing travel advice for their citizens. “There are different travel tips in the two countries. TUI Belgium also has a larger airline and operates “separate ticket” flights, which is hardly the case in the Netherlands. We mainly do package holidays and vacation trips, ”says Kok.
Belgium, another EU member state, also does not allow travel outside the bloc for non-essential purposes at this time. According to TUI Belgium, no changes are expected in the short term, which means that all travel during the summer is already excluded.