Eurostar plans to launch a direct rail service from London to Amsterdam by the end of October the company has announced.
However, this new return service will start on October 26. And people can reach the Netherlands’ capital in four hours and nine minutes. The cost of this route ticket is at least £40 each way.
Moreover, passengers can also travel from Rotterdam. Located south of Amsterdam, back to St Pancras International in London in three hours 29 minutes.
Netherlands’ on Quarantine List
This service resumes after the announcement of the UK government that the Netherland is no more on the list of countries people can travel to without having to quarantine on their return.
However, people returning Back to the UK from the Netherlands after August 15 will have to quarantine for two weeks under coronavirus safety measures.
From September 1, tickets will be available for the new rail service. And they can book tickets up to six months in advance.
Eurostar said all bookings made from July 1 to December 31 are exchangeable. They should be exchanged for any dates of travel available at the time of purchase. Moreover, there will be no exchange fee for up to 14 days before departure.
The company said they deep clean the trains before every journey. And that a new seat map system will ensure passengers are kept at a safe distance apart.
The Home Office has said that they will be arranging officials from the UK Border Force at stations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. So they can do the security checking before boarding the passengers. However, it is already happening in France and Belgium.
This new plan by the countries of border checks will be now feasible. As there was an existing agreement between the UK, France, and Belgium since 1993. However, now they are modifying the agreement to include the Netherlands.
The agreement was signed by representatives of all four countries at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday, July 7.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This important treaty shows that, while we have left the European Union, our links with Europe are stronger than ever.”
In addition, she said, “It will enable vital security and immigration checks to be carried out in the Netherlands. Protecting the UK’s border and providing faster and more efficient journeys for passengers.”
A spokesperson for Eurostar said, “This is a great milestone which allows us to progress our plans to introduce direct services from the Netherlands to the UK later this year. We will update as soon as possible when we are able to put tickets on sale and confirm a start date.”
The signing of the treaties was a part of the schedule before the starting of direct trains from the Netherlands to London. But the pandemic was responsible for the delay in the launch.