Hundreds of Eurostar passengers turned their backs on the turmoil of coronavirus testing

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers turned their backs on the turmoil of coronavirus testing

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers turned their backs on the turmoil of coronavirus testing

These passengers are warning others.Photo: Jess Winfield

Free Dutch coronavirus testing for travelers will be accepted on Eurostar trains as long as the scheme is in place. The British Embassy in The Hague and the railroad company Eurostar confirmed with Dutch News.nl.

So far, the British border authorities in the Netherlands have not accepted the official Dutch government coronavirus test for travelers, leaving hundreds of people away from Eurostar train trips from Amsterdam to London.

However, after being contacted by DutchNews.nl about the issue, a new policy was introduced.

“We have worked with key partners to find a solution. The British border forces have announced that they will accept a free pre-departure test for Eurostar travelers to the UK. Travelers https You should check for the latest travel advice before traveling at //www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands, “the embassy said in a statement.

Officially, the UK requires that all documents include the name of the test provider, which is not available for free tests available to Dutch vacationers.

On Monday alone, authorities did not accept information from the Dutch CoronaCheck app, leaving up to 40 people away from the train at major train stations in the capital. “It was a little angry mob,” one witness told Dutch News.nl.

Jess Winfield was one of those who traveled to England to visit her family for the first time in 18 months, but was rejected because officials told her she did not accept Coronacheck’s proof.

“About 30 people were stopped on the train,” she said. “There was a group, a family with children. No one thought they needed another document.”

The UK updated the travel rules for people from the EU on August 2, including the approval of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC), but visitors were still COVID-done within 3 days of the trip- 19 I had to submit negative evidence of the test. ..

..@Eurostar Dozens of passengers with Dutch health authorities @GGDGHORNL Negative COVID test denied boarding in Amsterdam today – requires test proof * Manufacturer * is not on the required list above @transportgovuk Website-Who organizes this? One train a day … pic.twitter.com/T6gTw39sfr

— Laura Mackenzie (@ elderflower79) July 23, 2021

However, the Dutch test, conducted by the local health committee and paid by the government, does not include the name and contact details of the test provider, or confirmation that it was a PCR test. It was not considered sufficient. Some officials are also reportedly requesting the name of the actual test manufacturer.

A group of resentful passengers left a taped sign on the wall of the station, warning others about the problems they might face and how to deal with them. “This happened to us yesterday, and I’m sorry it happened to you,” said the poster on the lined paper.

The poster also includes instructions to a nearby high-speed test center. This costs 80 euros to test.

Eurostar

A Eurostar spokesman told DutchNews.nl that the company posted all travel information on its website and updated passengers with pre-travel emails.

“We escalated this to relevant UK and Dutch authorities who agreed to accept the test as valid in response to a refusal that was occurring in the Netherlands because the UK border authorities did not accept the test by the Dutch Department of Transportation. Entry into the UK, “Eurostar said in a statement.

“Of course, in the end, like any travel agency, it’s the customer’s responsibility to make sure they have the correct documents for the trip, but we provide guidance wherever possible. “The spokesman said. “We offer goodwill exchanges or eVouchers so that customers can rebook their trips for customers who are rejected due to inaccurate documents or positive tests.”

Jess Winfield said he had been tested for a private coronavirus at a cost of € 50 and flew to the UK on easyJet the next day with a € 107 ticket. “When I got to the gate, everyone had the app and everyone did it,” she said. “And the easyJet guy told me that I had no problems because I was double vaccinated.”

Have you ever traveled to the UK via Schiphol Airport with the CoronaCheck app? If you would like to share your experience, please contact editor @ dutchnews.nl.

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