Outside the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: 31 March 2021

You are outside the Netherlands and have a valid Dutch residence permit, but cannot 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 8 April 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 travel back to the Netherlands without a valid Dutch residence permit, you need an entry visa (MVV).

Some Dutch Embassies or Consulates have reopened. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate involved on a regular basis to check wether the appointment for collection of an entry visa (MVV) is possible again.

As from 18:00 hours on 15 December 2020, passengers who arrive in the Netherlands by air or sea from a country outside the EU/Schengen area that is not on the EU ‘safe countries of origin’ list and who are exempt from the EU travel ban must be able to produce an official negative COVID-19 test result and a completed and signed declaration. These documents must be shown to the airline or (cruise) ship/ferry company, and to the Royal Military and Border Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee) in the Netherlands. At this time the negative-test requirement does not apply to Dutch nationals and EU/Schengen citizens and their family members travelling or returning from outside the EU/Schengen area.

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate not have reopened yet, you can only collect an entry visa (MVV) in urgent cases.

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, a 10 days self-quarantine is required. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Once in the Netherlands, you can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation.

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 may obviously also contact us regarding questions about the COVID-19 test, self-quarantine and/or necessary appointments during the self-quarantine.

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: 8 April 2020

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