COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival (or 96 hours in case of travel delay), for travelers (including Dutch nationals and transiting travelers) from countries not listed on the "EU's list of safe countries". The test result must be confirmed via a printed medical certificate.
- The certificate is required to board an aircraft, ship, coach (travelling more than 30 km into the Netherlands from the border), international intercity train bound for the Netherlands, motorcycle, car, or other private transport.
- Travelers from countries outside the EU/Schengen area (including the United Kingdom) must also present a negative test declaration with their signature.
- The test and declaration must be issued in English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch and must contain the traveler’s first and last name as stated in their passport and details of the medical institute or laboratory.
- Recovered travelers may alternatively carry a positive PCR test issued 14-56 days before entry; positive PCR test issued 72 hours before entry; and negative rapid antigen test completed no more than 4 hours before boarding OR doctor's certificate stating the traveler is no longer contagious issued no more than 72 hours before boarding.
• Additionally, negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test, completed no more than 24 hours before boarding, for travelers arriving from countries not listed on the "EU's list of safe countries" by aircraft or ferry. Not all airports and ports may have requisite facilities. This is in addition to the above mentioned negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
- Recovered travelers may alternatively carry a positive PCR test issued 14-56 days before entry; positive PCR test issued 72 hours before entry; and doctor’s certificate stating the traveler is no longer contagious issued no more than 72 hours before boarding.
- Transiting travelers are exempt (but remain required to carry a PCR or NAAT test).
• Alternatively, travelers may present a negative COVID-19 NAAT test, issued no more than 24 hours before departure. This replaces both the PCR test and rapid antigen test.
- Effective July 1, travelers may present a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test, issued no more than 48 hours before departure, instead of the above PCR and rapid antigen test. This can be issued as part of the Digital Corona Certificate. Travelers from very high-risk non-EU countries will remain required to carry both a PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before travel or a rapid antigen test issued no more than 48 hours before travel, and an rapid antigen test issued no more than 24 hours before travel.
• The following categories are exempt from the PCR medical certificate and rapid test requirements:
- Children under 12
- People arriving from countries on the EU's list of safe countries.
- Cross-border commuters (including students and school children).
- Passengers on flights which do not have a Dutch airport as their destination, but are diverted to a Dutch airport due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Passengers who start their journey in a safe country and change plane in a high-risk country without leaving the airport.
- Effective July 1, fully vaccinated travelers (immediately after receiving their final dose of an EMA or WHO emergency use-approved vaccine) and recovered EU residents will be exempt. Travelers from very high-risk non-EU countries will remain required to test even if vaccinated.
• Passengers aged 12 years old and above on all inbound and outbound flights must also complete a health declaration with questions about health concerns relating to COVID-19.
• 10-day home quarantine for travelers from 'high risk areas’ (any country outside the EU's list of safe countries), and ‘very high-risk areas’; arriving by any means of transportation and even if tested negative for COVID-19. Travelers can limit quarantine duration by testing negative after five days of quarantine.
- Effective July 1, fully vaccinated travelers (immediately after receiving their final dose of an EMA or WHO emergency use-approved vaccine) and recovered EU residents will be exempt. Travelers from very high-risk non-EU countries will remain required to quarantine even if vaccinated.
• Passenger data from cruises and airplanes will be registered to enable spot checks on home quarantine compliance.
• Notes on transit:
- Transit without leaving the airport does not affect the country of origin assessment, i.e., does not cause a test result requirement for those starting their journey in a safe country; or waive a test result requirement for those starting their journey in a high-risk country.
- Those who travel to a Schengen area country via the Netherlands must show entry permission for that Schengen country via e.g., a consular note or other proof. Without such proof, Dutch border authorities have discretion to permit entry.
• Long-stay visa (MVV) issuance has resumed for the following categories, subject to local consular availability:
- Family members of Dutch citizens, holding a corresponding MVV approval.
- Those with expired MVV stickers, unable to enter the Netherlands within MVV validity due to the pandemic.
- Those holding MVV approval, whose consular appointment to collect an MVV sticker was cancelled due to the pandemic.
- Eligible applicants can contact their local consular post to schedule a collection appointment. For other categories, MVV issuance remains suspended.
• The Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) has resumed most desk services.
• Immigration officials will contact foreign nationals to schedule appointments for residence endorsement sticker for non-EU family members of EU citizens. In other situations, foreign nationals can schedule the necessary appointments themselves via the online tool or by phone. Applicants should anticipate appointment waiting times due to a backlog and limited desk capacity.
• Access to IND desks is limited to the applicant only; payment of service fees is limited to debit card.
• The Labor Authority (UWV) continues to process short-term work permit applications, although travel for short-term work is not currently possible under the entry ban, unless they hold the highly-skilled migrant work permit and the employer can provide for urgency. Employers should notify the UWV if short-term work permits are not used for four consecutive weeks.
• Town halls may limit their desk support to 'urgent services' (with no strict definition of urgent), but request that anyone with symptoms of illness refrain from visiting. Applicants are advised to consult their municipality website before visiting.
• Travel Restrictions: Entry ban for non-resident foreign nationals until further notice, except:
- Short-term (under 90 days) business travelers, students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative industries and long-distance partners; carrying consular entry permission or a visa-exempt passport.
- Dutch nationals, Dutch residents, and their family members,
- EU/Schengen Area nationals and their family (including nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City).
- Residents of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Lebanon, Macau SAR, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vatican City (Mainland China pending reciprocity);
- Holders of a Dutch long-term visa (MVV) or permit, long-stay Schengen D visa or EU long-term residence permit.
- Visa-exempt nationals holding newly-approved EU Blue Cards, EU Intra company Transferee (ICT) Permits, Highly Skilled Migrant permits, researcher and student permits; carrying an approval letter and a written employer statement stating the travel purpose and why this cannot be postponed; travelling by direct flight (no transit).
- Students staying longer than 90 days (college, university).
- Professional athletes invited by a Dutch sport organization or taking part in a Dutch sports event.
- Transiting travelers, transiting in under 48 hours to a country outside the Schengen Area via the Amsterdam airport, remaining in the non-Schengen airport transit area and carrying a confirmed connecting flight ticket.
- Family members of highly skilled migrants.
- Personnel essential for the fight against COVID-19 (e.g., employees supporting the production of the COVID-19 vaccine, but who do not have a medical background), carrying proof of exemption.
- Employees traveling via helicopter from and to oil rigs on Dutch and UK territory.
- Cross-border, transport and essential workers (e.g., healthcare professionals).
- Travelers carrying a note verbal / diplomatic note for professionals with specialist knowledge providing urgent technical assistance in a crucial sector, whose physical presence is required.
- Individuals traveling for exceptionally urgent family reasons. All individuals must carry a Declaration of Exemption. Examples include: (1)An individual visiting a seriously ill or terminally ill family member or attending a funeral. The traveler must be a family member in the first or second degree as defined in Dutch law. 2) An individual coming to the Netherlands to be with their legal partner when they give birth. If not legally married, they must have acknowledged paternity or parentage of the unborn child. They must also be able to prove, with a letter from the gynecologist or the obstetrician, that their partner is more than 34 weeks pregnant. (3) An individual visiting a newborn grandchild. (4) A divorced parent from a third country visiting their child who lives in the Netherlands.
- Those in a situation of absolute necessity.
• Effective July 1, 2021, the entry ban will be lifted for non-residents who have been fully vaccinated from certain nations.
• With the exception of open houses; only individualized showings with one person at a time is recommended.
• Yes. Bookings are being made virtually, no face-to-face support; apartments are available.
• Schools are open
•All passengers travelling to the Netherlands by air or sea from high-risk areas must be able to produce a negative result of a rapid COVID-19 test performed shortly before their departure. The test must not have been performed more than four hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ship. This requirement is in addition to the existing mandatory negative test result for a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. Travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. After five days they can get tested. If the result of this PCR test is negative they may end their self-quarantine.
• As of 26 June, the Netherlands is to take big step in relaxing measures: almost everything allowed with 1.5-metre distancing.
- There will no longer be a restriction on the number of visitors people can receive at home.
- The requirement to wear a face mask will no longer apply in most situations. It will continue to apply only in situations where staying 1.5 apart is impossible .
- Employees who currently work from home can, in consultation with their employer, work up to half of their hours at the office.
- All locations open and all events permitted with 1.5-metre distancing subject to conditions.
- Amateur sports matches and competitions can be held for all ages from 26 June. Spectators are permitted, but they must stay 1.5 meters apart.
- The ban on the sale of alcohol after 22.00 will be lifted.
- Travel to countries with a low rate of infection will be allowed.
• Public transportation is open.
• Wearing non-medical mouth masks is mandatory in public transport for all travelers aged 13 and older, this requirement will remain after 26 June.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Limited services
• Sea: Normal services
• Limited trucking capacity available; high
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative