Dutch government running eight-day test holiday on Greek island 5 months ago

Dutch government running eight-day test holiday on Greek island

25,000 people have reportedly applied to take part in the experiment.

The Dutch government is running a test holiday on a Greek island next month as a way to explore how people can holiday safely in a post-Covid-19 world.


As part of the government pilot, tour company Sunweb and airline Transavia will be operating the trial, whereby the travellers selected can enjoy an all-inclusive package holiday at a luxury resort in Rhodes.

The trial is being run with the aim of gaining new, behavioural insights and collecting data on the conditions under which people can go on holiday safely and responsibly.

The holiday pilot will begin on 12 April with the resort open exclusively to Sunweb and Transavia holidaymakers, meaning there will be no other people present besides the hotel staff.

As part of the trial, holidaymakers will not be allowed to leave the resort for the duration of their stay.

Travellers will also be required to take a Covid-19 test prior to their holiday and present a negative PCR test when checking into the hotel.

Before their return journey, another Covid test will again be taken.

Upon their return home, meanwhile, all holidaymakers will be required to quarantine for 10 days - with another PCR test taken on day five.


People can apply to take part in the trial on Sunweb's website.

The tour operator will then select 189 holidaymakers who meet the criteria set by the Dutch government for the target group.

High-risk patients will be excluded from taking part.

The holiday pilot will be considered a success if the number of infections is zero.

BBC News reports that at least 25,000 people have already signed up for the experiment.