Entry Bans eased as of 1 July 2020

As of 1 July 2020 the Dutch government has eased its COVID-19-related temporary entry bans.

Entry bans lifted

The lifting of the entry bans will apply to (long term) residents of the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

The list of countries will be reviewed every 2 weeks (or sooner if necessary) on the basis of the number of new infections, among other things.

For individuals of all other countries the existing entry ban, which restricts all non-essential travel from third countries into Europe (i.e. all EU member states, all Schengen members and the UK), will remain in place.

Entry ban exemptions

The entry bans for the Netherlands do not apply to those who fall within one of the exception categories: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands.

The following individuals exempted from requiring an entry visa (MVV) based on their nationality have been added to the list of exemptions:

  • Highly skilled migrants (including EU Blue Card holders, Intra-Company Transferees (ICT-directive) and researchers) and their family members;
  • Students and their family members; and
  • Family members of Dutch nationals (spouse, partner, child).

This means they are allowed to travel to the Netherlands. However, they should fly directly (no transit) and have the following documents with them when travelling:

  • A health declaration (to be received at the airport);
  • Copy of IND letter confirming that a residence permit will be issued (notification); and
  • Highly skilled migrants: signed statement from employer mentioning the purpose of travel (i.e. work) and confirming the travel cannot be delayed and the reason why that is the case;
  • Family members of highly skilled migrants/ student travelling separately: copy of IND notification/ residence card of Highly skilled migrant/ student;
  • Family members of Dutch nationals: official documents proving family relation to Dutch national.

The Dutch government strongly advises to self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival in the Netherlands.

Should you have any questions or concerns regaring entry bans, please do not hesitate to contact us ([email protected]).