Prior to arrival in the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: May 29th, 2020

The IND has approved your application (and you do not need an entry visa (MVV)) and you want to travel to the Netherlands
Since Thursday March 19, 2020, European borders have been closed to people from countries outside Europe. This applies until further notice. If you are outside the Netherlands you need an entry visa (MVV) or a valid Dutch residence permit to travel to the Netherlands. A positive decision on your application (without an entry visa (MVV)) is currently not enough to travel to the Netherlands. You will have to wait until the European borders reopen.

The IND has approved your TEV-application (including entry visa (MVV)) and you want to collect your entry visa (MVV)
The IND still processes applications, however the Dutch Embassy or Consulate will not issue entry visas (MVV’s) until further notice.*

The Dutch Embassy or Consulate will only issue entry visas (MVV’s) in urgent cases. Feel free to contact us if you are curious to learn if your case can be considered as urgent.

You are not able to collect your entry visa (MVV) within 3 months
If you were not able to collect your entry visa (MVV) within 3 months, you will have 3 more months to collect it. As soon as the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens, you can make an appointment and at your appointment you must explain that you could not pick up your entry visa (MVV) sooner because of the measures to combat COVID-19.*

Your entry visa (MVV) has expired and your were not able to travel to the Netherlands before the expiration date of your entry visa (MVV)
If your entry visa (MVV) expired and you were not able to travel to the Netherlands, you can make a new appointment as soon as the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens, but within 3 months of the expiration date of your entry visa (MVV). At the appointment you will have to explain that you could not travel with your entry visa (MVV) because of the measures to combat COVID-19.* The Embassy or Consulate should reissue your entry visa (MVV).

You have a valid entry visa (MVV) for the Netherlands or another Schengen country and you want to travel to the Netherlands
With a valid entry visa (MVV) you should have access to the Netherlands or another Schengen country. Please note, traveling is not recommended and only accepted if strictly necessary.

Your employee is not able to come to the Netherlands
Under the obligation for sponsors to provide information, you must report this to the IND within 4 weeks. Might the employee join the company at a later date, this should also be reported within 4 weeks of the start date of the employment or start date of the Dutch residence permit.

*When the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens, we expect a shortage of available appointments and therefore issuing your entry visa (MVV) might take longer than usual. We advise you to check the website of the applicable Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis.

Publication date: April 8th, 2020

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