The Dutch government says the no-fly zones it put in place to prevent people from flying to Syria to join the country’s civil war have helped thwart potential terror attacks.
The new guidelines are being implemented as part of a crackdown on suspected terrorists in the country.
The government is seeking to crack down on travel to the war-torn country in order to prevent future attacks.
Here’s what we know so far.
What’s a no-flight zone?
A no-Fly Zone means that anyone who wants to travel to Syria has to obtain an official travel document from a Dutch-registered airline or airport.
There are no restrictions on flying to or from the war zone.
That means that if you’re planning to go to Syria in the future, you’ll need to be registered in a country where it is legal to fly.
What is the government trying to do?
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the guidelines were developed to protect the country from terrorists.
“If you have to travel abroad, there are no guarantees that you’re going to be safe.
But the no fly zones make sure that no one goes there, not even if they’re allowed,” he said.
“So, we’re trying to stop the terrorists from going there.”
What are the restrictions?
The no-drive zones are meant to prevent attacks from the air.
They include: • The Netherlands, including its overseas territories and the Netherlands Republic, all except the Dutch Caribbean islands, are “no fly zones.”
The only areas that have a no fly zone are the Dutch Republic, the Netherlands Atlantic archipelago and the northernmost part of the island of St. Maarten.
• There are currently no restrictions for people to travel within or near the country or airspace, although airlines must carry their own security precautions.
• Anyone caught violating the no flight zone will face up to two years in prison.
• A no flight zones does not extend to certain military sites, like the Dutch Navy base at Doha, Qatar.
The military base is a military installation in Qatar and has long been a target for foreign terrorist fighters, including some who have fought in Syria.
• The rules are set to expire in 2021.
What are those in place?
The new rules were put in force in December, but there is no timetable for them to be fully implemented.
In theory, the no restrictions will last for 10 years.
What happens to people caught in a no flight area?
The measures mean that people caught flying outside of a no travel zone face up a maximum of two years behind bars.
If they violate the rules for another year, they will face a maximum sentence of two and a half years.
But it’s not clear how long those who violate the no rules will be able to serve.
What will happen to tourists in the no travel zones?
The government has been cracking down on people trying to travel into the warzone, but Rutte has insisted that no-stop zones like these will be temporary.
“There’s no such thing as a no stop zone, so the people who have already entered the country don’t have to wait until there’s no one else coming,” he told the BBC on Tuesday.
“You can go to the airport and go home.
There’s no problem.”
What does the U.S. think of the new rules?
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution in December calling for a cease-fire to the conflict in Syria, but the U’ts envoy to the United Nations said he was “disappointed” by the measures.
“It’s disappointing to see that the measures being put in this new round are aimed at preventing further attacks on civilians in the war,” U.K. Ambassador Nickolay Mladenov told the Associated Press.
“We hope that the relevant U.
Ns. countries will continue to work on ways to put an end to the violence and to allow humanitarian access for all parties, including those who are fighting on the ground,” Mladenosov said.