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[2 February 2021]

Japan was removed from the list.

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

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

[22 October 2020]

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

[13 August 2020]

Morocco was removed from the list.

[31 July 2020]

Algeria was removed from the list.

[8 July 2020]

Serbia and Montenegro were removed from the list below.

[30 June 2020]

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

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

Travelers from China are only admitted subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

Residence in a third country for which the restrictions on non-essential travel have been lifted should be the determining factor (and not nationality). Travelers from these countries can be subjected the quarantine measures, provided these also apply to nationals of the Member State imposing them. 

This list will be reviewed every 2 weeks and can be updated. In order for the restrictions to be lifted, the following circumstances have to be taken into account. 

  • number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average
  • stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
  • overall response to COVID-19 including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information

Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.

For other countries the original travel restrictions for non-essential travel will remain in place.

For more information please contact Thomas van Houwelingen or Kirsty Gies.

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.

On March 4, the ban was extended until the 1st of April 2021.

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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 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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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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