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[update 3 July 2020]

The measures against the spread of COVID-19 have a huge impact on the Dutch business community. The Dutch government has introduced a number of measures in order to support self-employed professionals and to maintain as many jobs as possible during this time of crisis. One of these is the Temporary measure for self-employed professionals (TOZO).

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[update 3 July 2020]

The outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis in the Netherlands has an effect on all residents of the Netherlands. Whether you are holder of a residence permit or just visiting, you may be faced with difficulties to return home. In this article, we will explain how the corona measures will affect foreign nationals who are in the Netherlands and cannot return home.

For more information, please contact Thomas van Houwelingen.

The Dutch government introduced several measures to alleviate the Corona crisis’ consequences as much as possible for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Below you will find a short recap of all the measures.

[update 3 July 2020]

*We will update this information according to the latest developments.

For more information please contact Hermie de Voer or Thomas van Houwelingen, or call us at +31(0)20752 32 00.

UPDATE: Travel restrictions lifted for unmarried partners (short stay)

[Update: July 27 2020]

On July 16 the Minister of Justice and Security announced that travel restrictions for unmarried partners from non-EU countries would be relaxed from July 27, 2020. Further details have been published.   

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Travel restrictions lifted

[Last update 13 August 2020]

Morocco removed from the list.

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Need help with travelling to the Netherlands?

Travel restrictions

Since March 2020, traveling to Europe has become a lot more difficult. Travelers from outside the EU can only travel to the Netherlands if their visit is deemed essential. In fact this meant that nobody could enter the Netherlands unless one of these exemptions applied.

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Important news for orientation year permit holders

To be eligible for a residence permit as a highly skilled migrant, your employer will have to comply with the salary criteria. Until now, recent graduates would be eligible for the lowest salary threshold, provided an application is lodged before the end date of the 'orientation year permit'.

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UPDATE: Travel restrictions

[update 31 July 2020]

The Dutch Immigration Department has confirmed that travelers living in a country for which travel restrictions still apply but who, based on their nationality, are exempt from the entry clearance visa (MVV) requirement, can enter the Netherlands if they hold an IND approval letter confirming that they are granted a residence permit in the following categories:

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Lifting of travel restrictions from July 1, 2020

The travel restrictions for the EU, the Schengen member states and the UK recommended by the European Commission, have been extended until July 1, 2020. The rules, recommended by the EC about three months ago, remain in place: all non-essential travel will be banned, unless a waiver applies.

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UPDATE: Extension of entry ban

The Dutch Cabinet has decided to adopt the EU-proposal of an entry ban for non-essential travel. Entry into the Netherlands from a third country (outside the EU and Schengen member states and the UK) is banned up until 1 July 2020. 

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