COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredCOVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers Travelers from EU/Schengen Area countries do not have to carry a test. Travelers from other countries carry a negative COVID-19 test. Strict requirements apply as regards validity and test type, depending on the country of origin. Vaccinated travelers carry proof of full vaccination. Recovered travelers carry an EU Digital COVID Certificate. No other proof of recovery is accepted. Non-vaccinated Travelers Travelers carry a negative COVID-19 test. Strict requirements apply as regards validity and test type, depending on the country of origin. Travelers from green EU/ Schengen Area countries do not have to carry a test (currently no EU/Schengen Area countries are marked green).
ImmigrationNormal long-stay visa (MVV) issuance has resumed in most locations but can be limited due to the local circumstances. This generally exempts the following categories: 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; and 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 Labour 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 Dutch and EU long-stay D visas; Holders of eligible Dutch permits (further supporting documents are typically required): students, highly-skilled migrants and their family members, professionals from the cultural and creative industries and long-distance partners; newly-approved EU Blue Cards, EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permits, Highly Skilled Migrant permits, researcher and student permits; Eligible essential and exceptional workers, transiting travelers, travelers for family purposes; as well as those in a situation of absolute necessity.
• Home visits are now allowed. No open houses, only individualized showings with one person at a time is recommended.
• There is high demand for accommodation currently in the Netherlands, property availability is low and demand high.
• Bookings are available.
• Temporary accommodation is in high demand and there is limited availability.
• Childcare and education:
- Daycare centers for children aged under 4 are open.
- Primary schools are open.
- Out-of-school care is open.
- Secondary schools are open.
- Secondary vocational schools (MBO) are open.
- Higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities are open. oIn secondary vocational schools (MBO) and tertiary education institutions (HBO and WO) a maximum group size of 75 persons per room applies.
General InformationFrom 15 January 2022 the following measures apply:
• Always stay 1.5 metres apart
• If you have symptoms, stay at home and do a self-test. If the result is positive get tested by the municipal health service (GGD)
• Receive no more than 4 visitors aged 13 and over a day. Visit no more than 1 household a day
• Outdoors, people are advised not to meet in groups of more than 4 people aged 13 and over
• All restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and delivery
• Cinemas, museums, theatres and concert venues are closed
• Essential shops, such as supermarkets and chemists, can stay open until 20.00
• Petrol stations, pharmacies, driving schools, notaries, lawyers and other essential service providers can be open for their normal opening hours For travelling to the Netherlands, please check this website for the latest travel advice for your country: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en
• Public transportation is open.
• Wearing a non-medical face mask is mandatory in public transport for travelers aged 13 and older.
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.