Outside the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: August 7th, 2020

You are outside the Netherlands and have a valid Dutch residence permit, but cannot travel to the Netherlands
Since March 19, 2020, European borders have been closed to people from countries outside Europe. This applies until May 15, 2020. Nevertheless, if you have a valid MVV or Dutch residence permit you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands.

If there are no longer options available and you cannot arrange your return to the Netherlands yourselves, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as of April 8, 2020 you can no longer register yourself at the Special Assistance Abroad platform).

Please be informed with a Dutch residence permit, you may only be abroad for a certain period of time. How long you may stay outside the Netherlands depends on which Dutch residence permit you have. If you are unable to travel back to the Netherlands due to the measures to combat COVID-19 and you can explain this, there should be no consequences for your Dutch residence permit.

Feel free to contact us regarding your legal period of staying outside the Netherlands.

You are outside the Netherlands and your Dutch residence permit has expired or is about to expire
To return to the Netherlands without a valid Dutch residence permit, you need a special entry visa which you can collect at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate. Some Dutch Embassies or Consulates are reopening. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate involved on a regular basis to check wether the appointment for collection of the special entry visa is possible again.* During the appointment the Embassy/Consulate will check with the IND whether you are allowed to receive this entry visa.

For your information, to receive such an entry visa, the application for extension has to be submitted on time, including all required information and documents.

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate not have reopened yet, you can only collect an entry visa in urgent cases. Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate or if you are curious to learn if your case can be considered as urgent.

You are / your employee is outside the Netherlands and need / needs a Citizen service number (BSN), but cannot travel to the Netherlands
A Citizen service number (BSN) for an employee can be requested for in writing from the Dutch Tax Authorities even if the employee still lives abroad.

Feel free to contact us regarding such a request for a Citizen service number (BSN).

*The Dutch Embassies and Consulates are reopening. Please note, we expect a shortage of available appointments and therefore issuing your entry visa (MVV) might take longer than usual. We advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis.

Publication date: April 8th, 2020

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