The Netherlands sends 200 people on vacation to Greece as … an experiment

The Netherlands plans to send about 200 people on vacation to Greece for eight days as an experiment to see if tourism is possible during the pandemic.

During the test, travelers will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive vacation in Rhodes at a price of 399 euros (342 pounds sterling) per person, according to the BBC.

It is expected that the individuals selected for the experiment, which attracted many citizens and received 25,000 applications, will be quarantined for ten days upon their return to the Netherlands.

In an experiment organized by the travel company Sunweb, selected 187 holidaymakers will not be allowed to leave the resort. According to RTL Nieuws, they will be staying at the Mitsis Grand Hotel in Rhodes, where they will be the only guests.

An experiment like this has led many to wonder whether allowing people to escape isolation is “responsible or reckless,” as cases continue to rise in Europe and the Netherlands. Others on social media compare the Greek resort to a “luxury prison.”

Selection criteria

Those wishing to take part in the risky experiment must be between the ages of 18 and 70 years old, and also undergo a coronavirus test before and after the trip. If someone is diagnosed with COVID19 during a trip, the person will be quarantined at the Greek Covid Hotel, but the costs will be covered by the travel company.

Participants in the experiment, which received a green light from the Dutch health authorities, will be allowed to use the hotel’s facilities, such as three pools and two restaurants, but will not be able to access the beach outside the resort.

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