Travel | December 9, 2020 7:00 am

Delta and KLM Are Offering Quarantine-Free Trips to Amsterdam

U.S citizens will need to pass three COVID tests in five days, among other requirements

Delta airplane at the airport
Delta and KLM have started a trial plan for U.S. citizens to travel to Amsterdam.
Delta

Good news for stuck-at-home globetrotters: You can possibly add Amsterdam (and the rest of the Netherlands) back on your travel itinerary.

Delta and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines just announced a plan that would allow U.S. visitors who fly from Atlanta to Amsterdam to receive an exemption from quarantine on arrival if they get a series of negative COVID-19 test results before and upon arrival in the Netherlands.

These flights, scheduled for a three-week trial starting this month, will operate four times per week.

There are a lot of caveats here to get around the required 10 days of post-arrival quarantine. Passengers will need to complete a negative PCR test five days before their trip and self-isolate until departure (so everyone is kind of quarantining, just not when upon arrival to Amsterdam). Then, they’ll take a rapid antigen test prior to boarding at the Atlanta airport. Finally, they’ll receive a third (PCR) test at Schiphol airport.

As well, the offer is limited to citizens permitted to travel for essential purposes (which means work, health and education reasons only).