Travel companies back down with judge: world remains orange, no separate advice for vaccinated

Travel companies back down with judge: world remains orange, no separate advice for vaccinated

The companies wanted the generic orange travel advice for countries outside the EU to be dropped and demanded ‘reliable’ travel advice. The judge didn’t want to do that. Although it can be read in the judgment that questions can be raised about the way in which the travel advice is drawn up, there is nothing wrong with it from a legal point of view.

The travel companies believe that a generic orange travel advice for outside Europe – there are only a handful of countries on yellow – is unjustified. However, the government explained during the session that it will look at the European safe country list, the EU VLL. If countries are not on the list, they will remain orange due to policies.

Corona figures

A country will follow suit if a majority of the EU member states is behind it. It is therefore possible, the judge concluded, that countries could be yellow, but that this does not happen because Member States are obstructive. However, the list does depend on corona figures, which means that countries that are on the EU VLL are generally safer than countries that are not on it, the judge concluded.

He further explained that it does not matter if the figures are more favorable in a distant country than in the Netherlands. After all, it is about the situation on the ground. Moreover, the fact that countries may be wrongly marked orange does not mean that the whole world should be put on yellow. The judge does point out that travel companies can turn to the government themselves if they believe that a country is wrongly marked orange.

‘Possible appeal’

“We will possibly do that. Because it is inexplicable that countries such as Mexico or Cape Verde, where the figures are much lower than in the Netherlands, are on orange. But we may also appeal, we are still considering,” responds Joshua van Eijndhoven of Voja Travel on behalf of the travel companies.

The judge acknowledges that all EU countries are in stark contrast to those outside that are on yellow, which is indeed ‘not entirely consistent’ on the part of the Dutch government. After all, in Europe the corona figures are very unfavorable in many countries. “The choice to take into account cooperation and data exchange within Europe and the free movement of persons in travel advice still fits within the policy space that the State has,” said the judge. The same applies to the choice not to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Disappointment

Because of the same discretion of the State, the judge also adopts a ‘reticent’ attitude. “It is precisely for this reason that other branches have also lost their business,” says Frangken Tuhumena of 333 Travel. That is disappointing, he thinks. “Because you can never win a case that way, as long as everything falls under that policy freedom. Then you can be right and come up with arguments, but you will not achieve anything with it.”

He continues: “Fortunately, more and more Dutch people are simply booking travel again, also to destinations outside Europe. We just stick to that.”

Because for the time being, the Dutch government does not seem to be adjusting the travel advice of its own accord, despite an adopted motion in the House of Representatives and an announcement of a change in the media. Because, as it sounds in The Hague, it would also be inexplicable that public life in the Netherlands is being restricted while the red carpet is being rolled out at the same time for holiday fun in faraway places.

Frangken Tuhumena of 333travel believes that the travel advice is measured with two standards. That’s what Tuhumena says in a new episode of the travel podcast ‘Checking In’:

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