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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.

Travel restrictions to the Netherlands tightened

The Dutch government introduces stricter travel restrictions to further reduce the spread of Covid-19 and its new variants. From Saturday 23 January 2021, the following measures will enter into force.

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Negative Covid-19 test result required upon entry

From 15 December, 2020, travelers by airplane or by ship, who are 13 years or older and arrive from a country that is not on the list of safe countries, must show a negative test result upon arrival at the (air)port in the Netherlands.

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Travel restrictions lifted

[22 October 2020]

Canada, Georgia and Tunesia are removed from the list. Singapore is added.

Travel restrictions for non-essential travel are lifted for travelers from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
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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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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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