Passengers of two KLM flights that landed at Schiphol from South Africa on Friday morning are being detained in the aircraft at the airport.

They are being tested for corona in consultation with the GGD, in connection with the new, presumably more contagious variant that has been discovered in the southern part of Africa.

The GGD Kennemerland is responsible for testing passengers at Schiphol.

They will all receive a PCR test at Schiphol, a spokesperson said.

The tests are analyzed as soon as possible.

It is expected that everyone will be tested by 4.30 pm and that all results will be available around 8.30 pm tonight.

In the meantime, the passengers will be kept separate from other people at Schiphol.

The airport is in the process of setting up a temporary reception location on airside, so in the secured area, according to a spokesperson.

Once that's done, the spokesman's estimate of "a few hundred passengers" will be accommodated there so they can disembark.

One of the flights landed in Amsterdam around 10:30 am from Cape Town, the other flight landed half an hour later from Johannesburg.

It is still unknown how many travelers were on board both flights.

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Flights from South Africa are banned from 12 noon

On Friday morning, caretaker minister Hugo de Jonge announced that flights from southern Africa will be banned from 12:00 on Friday.

A new coronavirus variant has been discovered in that part of the continent that is "cause for concern", according to De Jonge, but it is still unclear how much.

The countries of Botswana, Eswatini (Eswatini (formerly known as Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland))), Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa have been added to the list of very high-risk countries.

De Jonge said on Friday morning that passengers from these countries will be tested at Schiphol and must be quarantined.

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