Dutch authorities have extended the entry ban for arrivals from the UK, South Africa, and several countries of South and Central America until April 1 over the spread of new variants of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The government disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
The Netherlands also stopped accepting ferry passengers arriving from the UK.
Later, the travel ban was extended to arrivals from Central and South America.
“Both bans will remain in place until April 1, 2021,” the statement said.
In December, the UK informed the World Health Organisation of a mutated variant of SARS-CoV-2, which is reported to be 70 per cent more transmissible than other coronavirus variants.
Although the new variant has not been proven to be more pathogenic, many states shut their borders and suspended travel with the UK.
The closures, however, have so far not prevented the mutated variant from infiltrating dozens of countries.
Another mutated variant of the infection was detected in South Africa at approximately the same time. (Sputnik/NAN)