By means of a booking request, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee asks the carrier to book a flight for the inadmissible person referred to in the corresponding removal order.
A booking request is always preceded by a removal order (M30). The Marechaussee uses this form to implement the claim brought against the carrier in the removal order.
The booking request at least covers the following topics:
- The destination of the return journey.
- The date as from which a flight can be booked (this is the desired date of return).
- The travel document held by the inadmissible person (or whether he has any at all).
- A recommendation on whether or not the inadmissible person needs an escort.
- The date on which the Marechaussee has escorts available and the number of escorts to be used.
- A final date by which the Marechaussee expects a reply from the carrier on the following subjects:
- The flight data of the flight the carrier aims to transport the inadmissible person on.
- (When applicable) the carrier’s choice on whether or not to use escorts of the Marechaussee.
- (When applicable) the reason(s) why the transport company is not able to provide the requested information.
The booking request is aimed to be a written reproduction of a previous consultation between Marechaussee and carrier.
Action to be taken by the carrier
The carrier will book a flight according to the instructions in the booking request. The aim is for the inadmissible person to leave the country within 48 hours after the date of return referred to in the booking request.
The carrier is given 48 hours - after the desired date of return stated in the booking request (see example) - to return the inadmissible person.
No costs of stay will be passed on to a carrier who returns the inadmissible person within 48 hours after the desired date of return stated in the booking request. If the carrier makes use of escorts of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, these costs will be charged.
Not possible to book a flight
If the carrier is unable to comply with the booking request (for example because the inadmissible person is not accepted by the authorities of the country of destination), the carrier must inform the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee of this in writing (including reasoning and containing all relevant documents) as soon as possible, but no later than the date stated in the booking request. The Marechaussee will send a subsequent booking request at a later date. This subsequent booking request contains information about the new desired date of return and other relevant flight information.
Escorting the inadmissible person
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee conducts a risk analysis for each inadmissible foreign national. Based on this analysis, the Marechaussee issues a recommendation on whether or not to escort the inadmissible person during his return journey. The recommendation of the Marechaussee is stated in the booking request. The recommendation on escorted return also states the date on which escorts are available and how many escorts are used in order to escort the inadmissible person. The cost of escorts by the Marechaussee are borne by the carrier.
The carrier is at liberty to use its own escort(s) to escort the inadmissible person or to choose not to escort the person. If the carrier chooses not to escort an inadmissible person – against the recommendation of the Marechaussee – or to use their own escorts and the return journey is unsuccessful, any costs incurred as a result of this will be charged to the carrier.
Applying for replacement travel documents
If the country of destination does not accept the inadmissible person on the basis of a guiding letter or covering letter, the carrier may request the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee in writing to submit an application for a replacement travel document for this person. The Marechaussee will then forward this request to the Repatriation and Departure Service. The costs for applying for replacement travel documents are borne by the carrier.
The carrier is at liberty to contact the authorities of the inadmissible person’s country of origin and to request them to issue a replacement travel document.
Guiding or covering letter
No costs are attached to the issue of any guiding or covering letter.