Starting Tuesday, the Dutch who come to Germany will have to quarantine for five days if they are not fully vaccinated. There is also a quarantine requirement for not fully vaccinated Germans who return from the Netherlands. And that confused the holidays of some German tourists.
is no mass cancellation by Germans yet. However, the number of cancellations could increase, says Hiswa-Recron‘s Jeffrey Belt, which represents interests of entrepreneurs in recreation and water sports. “Families might well be reconsidering their holiday destination right now. We have to wait and see.”
Indeed, the new measures pose problems for German families. The return quarantine obligation also applies to all children, even the youngest. “You might wonder how honest that is, because the vaccines are not yet available to children in Germany at all,” says CCEIT correspondent Judith van de Hulsbeek. “I imagine parents think we’re going elsewhere.”
Bookings filled by Dutch
The Netherlands Tourism and Congresses Office (NBTC) will monitor the number of cancellations the tourism sector receives from German guests this weekend. Last week, when the Netherlands stayed red on the European infection card, the agency saw few cancellations.
This lecture is confirmed by Dutch hoteliers and campsite owners. On the coast, where traditionally many Germans come, they don‘t worry much.
“This has an impact but not the impact of the end of September last year,” says director Stephan Stokkermans of Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk. “German families are only a small share of the total number of tourists here. And I think that these expired bookings will soon be filled again by Dutch people who want to come to Noordwijk for a weekend in good weather.”
At Landal Greenparks, they see “a little more booking traffic”. “German guests who want to rebook their stay in the Netherlands to one of our parks in Germany or Austria,” says Operational Director Jeroen Mol. “But many guests knew about the risk when they made a reservation. We don’t see people who, like earlier in the corona period, want to rebook in a panic.”
Mol also sees that vacant places are immediately taken over by Dutch guests – some of whom might have wanted to go on holiday in Germany.
Lilian Bakels, manager of the Wulpen campsite in the seaside resort of Cadzand in Zeeland, is in her stomach with the cancellations. “It‘s a drama. Most Germans have already disappeared, maybe there are two or three more families. But they’ll leave soon too. I have the impression that Germans are seriously dealing with the quarantine duty.”
In addition to the Germans previously departed, the campsite also received a dozen cancellations. “These places are filled, because many Dutch people stay in their own country. So everything‘s full here. But I’m sorry, because I would have liked to welcome the people who have come here for twenty years.”
“You can‘t really sit safer than on an outdoor camping site,” adds her husband and co-administrator Bond Bakels. “But there have to be rules.”
The Germans themselves are particularly annoying about Spain, which will apply the same rules as for the Netherlands. Spain is the most popular holiday destination for German tourists. Mallorca (“Malle”) is also known as the seventeenth German Land.
Van de Hulsbeek: “It’s a fierce decision, but the Germans saw it coming a little bit. As in the Netherlands, infections have been imported into Germany from, for example, Mallorca. In Germany too, the coronavirus delta variant is now dominant. But the point is that the chances of getting it in the Netherlands or Spain are greater than in Germany.”