Date Updated

04/07/2021



  • • 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; this includes transiting travelers
    - The certificate is required to board an aircraft, ship, coach (travelling more than 30km into the Netherlands from the border) or international intercity train bound for the Netherlands
    - 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; rapid tests are not accepted
    - 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

    • 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; more information is available on the page below (1). This is in addition to the abovementioned 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 12 hours before departure; which replaces both the PCR test and rapid antigen test; this includes transiting travelers

    • The following categories are exempt from the PCR medical certificate and rapid test requirements:
    - Truck drivers traveling from the UK, staying in the Netherlands for less than 48 hours;
    - Children under 13;
    - People traveling by car (this may change);
    - People arriving from countries on the EU's list of safe countries;
    - Cross-border commuters (including students and school children);
    - Diplomats (holding a Netherlands-issued diplomatic identity card; foreign diplomatic passport; or Dutch diplomatic passport if travelling for work), heads of state and members of foreign governments;
    - Transport staff, including lorry drivers, those working on container ships, bulk carriers (e.g. of ore and coal), tankers (fuel and chemicals) and fishing vessels;
    - Individuals employed in the energy sector; including oil and gas platforms, offshore wind farms, offshore service providers; and air, cruise-ship and ferry crew members; travelling for work;
    - Seafarers holding a seaman’s record book, travelling for work; excluding seafarers on commercial yachts and pleasure craft;
    - Passengers on flights which do not have a Dutch airport as their destination, but are diverted to a Dutch airport due to unforeseen circumstances; and
    - Passengers who start their journey in a safe country and change plane in a high-risk country without leaving the airport

    • Passengers aged 13 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; more information is available on the site below (2)

    • 10-day home quarantine for travelers from 'high risk areas’ (any country outside the EU's list of safe countries), arriving by any means of transportation and even if tested negative for COVID-19; limited exceptions are listed on the website below (3)

    • 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 permission to enter the Schengen country in question with a note from that country’s embassy, for example, or another type of document that proves they can travel there. For those without such a note, the Dutch border authorities will have discretion to determine whether they can enter the Netherlands and are advised to fly to the country directly and not via the Netherlands (1) https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/mandatory-negative-test-results-and-declaration/requirements-rapid-test-result__;!!BiVviWLMkw!DCR7pUVFB21VVfokw147ZnsWk29T7MQ2I0KrPzEko5-t4wn6diIuFO9_ncwr8w$ (2) https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/documents/publications/2020/07/07/information-for-passengers-flying-to-and-from-the-netherlands__;!!BiVviWLMkw!DCR7pUVFB21VVfokw147ZnsWk29T7MQ2I0KrPzEko5-t4wn6diIuFO95-73A8A$ (3) https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/self-quarantine/exemptions__;!!BiVviWLMkw!DCR7pUVFB21VVfokw147ZnsWk29T7MQ2I0KrPzEko5-t4wn6diIuFO8uamyy7w$


  • • 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; 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 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:
    - Business travelers, students staying under 90 days, highly-skilled migrants staying under 90 days, professionals from the cultural and creative industries and long-distance partners visiting the Netherlands for less than 90 days; carrying consular entry permission or a visa exempt passport;
    - Holders of a Dutch passport;
    - Residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand; Nationals of Mainland China will be permitted entry once EU travelers are allowed to reciprocally enter Mainland China; this 'greenlist' is in addition to residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City, who are already permitted entry
    - Visa-exempt nationals coming from countries for which the travel ban has not been lifted with 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 statement from their employer stating that they must be in the Netherlands for their work, the reason for their stay, and why this cannot be postponed; their flight to the Netherlands must be direct (without 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;
    - Non-EU/Schengen Area nationals, transiting 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 to an airport outside the Schengen area, for a flight departing within 48 hours of arrival in Amsterdam;
    - EU/Schengen Area nationals and their family (including nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City);
    - Dutch long-term visa (MVV) or permit holders;
    - Holders of a valid long-stay Schengen visa (type D);
    - Family members of highly skilled migrants;
    - Family members of Dutch nationals or residents;
    - EU long-term residence permit holders;
    - 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); proof of the exemption will need to be provided;
    - 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; and
    - Those in a situation of absolute necessity

    • Ban on the landing of passenger flights and docking of passenger ferries from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela

    • Until 15 April, Dutch nationals and residents are advised not to exit


  • • Yes, this is now possible; however 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


  • • From 1 March, secondary schools and institutions of secondary vocational education (MBO) will partially reopen

    • In practice, this means that all secondary school pupils will attend school at least one day a week, subject to certain conditions

    • For now, MBO students will attend one day a week. As with primary schools, the government wants to avoid a situation in which secondary schools and MBO institutions need to close again in the future
    - All educational institutions can make exceptions to provide support to vulnerable children or students
    - For children whose parents work in critical sectors, emergency childcare is available at their primary school, daycare center and/or out-of-school care center; parents are urged to use emergency childcare only if they have no other option


  • • Measures are updated and reviewed on a regular basis as the COVID-19 infections are increasing


  • • Yes, It is asked that one should avoid crowds, travel outside rush hour and take extra time so that you can wait for the next one on a busy bus or train

    • Take the usual precautions, such as washing hands before and after travel

    • Keep 1.5 meters away at the stations, platforms and at the stops

    • Follow the instructions of your carrier

    • Since 1 June, wearing a non-medical mouth mask is mandatory in public transport for travelers aged 13 and older Travel in the Netherlands:

    • Travel as little as possible

    • Stay at your holiday address as much as possible

    • Limited the number of outings and avoid busy places Travel outside the Netherlands:

    • Do not make or book trips abroad until mid-January unless absolutely necessary

    • Holidays and family visits are not necessary trips

    • Before your trip, always check the current travel advice per country on Nederlandwereldwereld.nl

    • Are you returning from an area with orange travel advice? Go into home quarantine for 10 days

    • Traveling to Caribbean parts of the Kingdom is possible; check the current travel advice for this
  • 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

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