Date Updated

09/21/2021



  • • Fully vaccinated travelers (immediately after receiving their final dose of an EMA- or WHO emergency use-approved vaccine) traveling from ‘safe countries/regions’ or ‘high risk countries/regions’, need not carry a negative COVID-19 test or complete quarantine.

    • Fully vaccinated travelers traveling from ‘very high risk countries/regions’ are quarantine exempt, but must still carry a negative COVID-19 test, as well as their proof of vaccination.

    • Fully vaccinated travelers must carry a vaccination certificate. Travelers from EU/Schengen Area ‘safe countries/regions’ do not have to carry proof of vaccination.

    • Recovered EU/Schengen Area nationals or residents, recovered 11-180 days before entry (confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate or other proof of recovery issued in the EU/Schengen Area), traveling from ‘safe countries/regions’ or ‘high risk countries/regions', need not carry a negative COVID-19 test or complete quarantine.


  • • 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:
    - Fully vaccinated travelers.
    - Travelers from ‘safe countries / regions’.
    - Dutch nationals and residents, and their family members.
    - EU/Schengen Area nationals and their family (including nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City).
    - Holders of a Dutch long-term visa (MVV) or permit, long-stay Schengen D visa or EU long-term residence permit.
    - Travelers holding newly-approved EU Blue Cards, EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permits, Highly Skilled Migrant permits, researcher and student permit who carry an approval letter, a written employer statement stating the travel purpose and why this cannot be postponed, and who travel by direct flight (no transit).
    - Students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative industries, and long-distance partners who carry entry permission.
    - 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.
    - Partners who have been in a long-distance relationship for at least three months with a Dutch national / Swiss citizen, UK national with an Article 50 residence document or a European Economic Area citizen residing in the Netherlands may enter the Netherlands. They should carry a declaration of relationship, a return ticket and fulfill certain conditions.
    - Individuals traveling for exceptionally urgent family reasons, e.g., 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) (with a Declaration of Exemption from COVID-19 entry ban); entering 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; visiting a newborn grandchild (with a Declaration of Exemption from COVID-19 entry ban because of a birth); divorced parent from a third country visiting their child who lives in the Netherlands (with a Declaration of exemption from COVID-19 entry ban).
    - Those in a situation of absolute necessity.


  • • Yes.
    - 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 48 hours before departure to 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.

    • Starting September 2, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to self-quarantine upon travelling from a very high risk area.

    • As of September 25, 2021, it is no longer required to stay 1.5 meters from others and new regulations apply.

    • The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 meter distancing rule is lifted. I.e. bars and restaurants (but not takeaways), events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sports matches), and cultural venues (such as cinemas and theatres).

    • All hospitality establishments must be closed between midnight and 06.00. All events will once again be allowed, but visitors will have to show a coronavirus entry pass.

    • Face masks are still mandatory in airports, on aircraft, trains, buses, trams and metros, in taxis and on other commercial passenger transport.

    • You can work from home if allowed and go to the office if required.

    • You can get a coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry.


  • • Public transportation is open.

    • Wearing non-medical mouth masks is mandatory in public transport for all travelers aged 13 and older.
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Yes, both

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited services
    • Sea: Normal services

    Road Availability
    • Limited trucking capacity available; high
    rates

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.

Entry Restrictions

Partially Restricted

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