Tuesday,  November 24, 2020  9:49 am

New entry rules for France, the Netherlands; Air France, KLM continues serving eligible travellers

New entry rules for France, the Netherlands; Air France, KLM continues serving eligible travellers
Catherine Guillemart-Dias, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France KLM in Canada

With some exceptions, Canadians travelling for non-essential reasons will now be denied entry to France and the Netherlands.

Knowing that many Canadians have questions about the recent changes to entry rules, Air France and KLM are helping them understand the situation better. 

"We are maintaining operations"

“The new European Union rules, and the steps taken by each of the countries involved, are restricting travel possibilities to France and the Netherlands for all Canadians, who are no longer permitted to enter these countries for non-essential reasons,” stated Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president and general manager of Air France KLM Canada. “Nonetheless, as we have been doing since the pandemic’s outset, we are maintaining operations to provide those who need and are able to travel with options, including Canadians exempted from these measures, nationals with a valid passport from the countries involved, and anyone whose final destination connects via Charles de Gaulle or Schiphol. Our flights are also available to businesses that need to ship cargo to Europe and elsewhere around the world by air."

Air France and KLM continue to offer flights from Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver

Air France will offer 10 flights / week in November and up to 17 in December. 

For its part, KLM offers a total of 17 frequencies / week to which are added 2 all-cargo rotations to Toronto.

In addition, Air France KLM flights are also used to provide an air link for companies carrying goods by cargo to Europe and throughout the world.

Who can enter France and the Netherlands?

Residents and passport holders of the European Union, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom can enter France and the Netherlands. 

(However, the health measures required - negative COVID tests, quarantine - may vary depending on the origin and destination.)

As for Canadians, let us repeat: those travelling for a non-essential reason are no longer admitted. 

Among the exceptions: visa holders and people traveling for business, humanitarian or medical reasons.

Certificate, declaration

Whatever their nationality, all travellers authorized to travel to France must complete an International Travel Certificate to France. In addition, they will also have to complete a Declaration on their honour of the absence of symptoms of infection by Covid-19.

The measures for entering the Netherlands require that each visitor completes a Traveler Health Declaration.

COVID test required to enter France

In addition, a negative COVID test is now required to enter France. The accepted tests are RT PCR, RT LAMP and antigenic.

Tests are offered on arrival at Charles-de-Gaulle airport. However, it is recommended that you take a test, the result of which will be obtained less than 72 hours before leaving Canada.

To facilitate the procedures for their customers, and allow them to obtain rapid results to meet the requirements set by their country of destination, Air France and KLM have set up agreements with various laboratories or clinics in Canada. 

More information - Air France

More information - KLM

Canadians in transit

Canadians can still travel and transit via Amsterdam or Paris to reach another destination on the Air France-KLM network where entry is permitted.

Passengers in transit are then subject to the entry rules of the country of their final destination.

If the connection in Paris or Amsterdam is on a flight operated by another carrier, it is recommended to check the rules for making the transfer to this company before departure.

Passengers are responsible

The Air France-KLM Group reminds that across the world, the opening and closing of borders continues to evolve.

Passengers are responsible for all documents required for their journey and must ensure compliance with the requirements of the legal authorities of countries regarding immigration and border control.

It is recommended to check with the country concerned the rules to be observed when booking your ticket, a few days before departure and before leaving your home to go to the airport.

Flexibility policy

To respond to their customers in this uncertain period, Air France and KLM have adapted their commercial policies and deployed 100% flexible commercial measures.

Any customer who cannot travel under these new rules can change their ticket free of charge in the same fare class and without proof for a later departure or, if they prefer, to obtain a refundable credit.

This policy also applies to all new reservations, whether the cancellation is caused by a change in regulations at the destination or the decision to cancel a travel plan.

More information - Air France

More information - KLM

Canada Program: November-December, 2020

Air France
Of
At
Canada-BY
Apparatus
Flights / week
PAR-Canada
Montreal
Nov 01
Dec 31
AF 345
B 787-900
7
AF 344
Montreal
07 dec
Dec 31
AF 349
B 787-900
5
AF 348
Toronto
Nov 01
13 dec
AF 351
A 350-900
3
AF 356
Toronto
Dec 14
Dec 31
AF 351
A 350-900
5
AF 356














KLM
Of 
At
 Canada-AMS
Apparatus
Flights / week
AMS-Canada
Montreal
Nov 01
13 dec
KL 672
B 787-900
2
KL 671
Montreal
Dec 14
Dec 31
KL 672
B 787-900
3
KL 671
Toronto
Nov 01
Dec 31
KL 692
B 777-200
7 + 2 freighters
KL 691
Calgary
Nov 01
Dec 31
KL 678
A 330-300
3 + 2 *
KL 677
Edmonton
Nov 01
Dec 31
KL 679
A 330-300
2 *
KL 679
Vancouver
Nov 01
Dec 31
KL 682
A 330-300
3
KL 681



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