Prior to arrival in the Netherlands

LIMES comments on COVID-19 immigration measures

Last updated: 22 January 2021

The IND has approved your application (and you do not need an entry visa (MVV)) and you want to travel to the Netherlands
If you live in one of the countries that are ranked as epidemiologically safe, you are allowed to enter the Netherlands. If not, a note verbale from the Dutch Embassy may be required.

If you do not live in one of the countries that are ranked as epidemiologically safe, you are only allowed to enter the Netherlands if your purpose of travel is covered by an exemption category. You should bring proof of the purpose of your journey, among others, an MVV or a letter from the IND (kennisgeving) stating that you will receive an European blue card or a Dutch residence permit as highly skilled migrant, as ICT, researcher, student (college, university), family member of a highly skilled migrant, ICT, student and/or family member of a Dutch sponsor (partner, spouse, child).

Does this apply to you? You should book a flight directly to the Netherlands (no transit). You are obliged to bring certain documents with you when travelling to the Netherlands. Passengers travelling to the Netherlands from most countries, must show a negative COVID-19 test result (conducted less than 72 hours before arrival) at the border. Furthermore, passengers from a country outside the EU/Schengen area are also required to show a negative test declaration including signature.

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 or if you are curious to learn if you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands and if the COVID-19 test applies to you. You may obviously also contact us regarding questions about the self-quarantine and/or necessary appointments during the self-quarantine.

The IND has approved your TEV-application (including entry visa (MVV)) and you want to collect your 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 whether the appointment for collection of an entry visa (MVV) is possible again.*

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate not have reopened yet, you can only collect an entry visa (MVV) 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 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 reopen, you can make an appointment and at your appointment you are supposed to explain that you could not pick up your entry visa (MVV) sooner because of the measures to combat COVID-19.

Might the Dutch Embassy or Consulate reopens after 6 months, they will handle your case flexibly. Again, at your appointment you are supposed to explain that you could not pick up your entry visa (MVV) sooner because of the measures to combat COVID-19.

Please note, some Dutch Embassies or Consulates are reopening, some are still closed. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis to check whether the appointment for collection of an entry visa (MVV) is possible again. Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate.*

Your entry visa (MVV) has expired and you 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 reopen, but within 3 months of the expiration date of your entry visa (MVV).

At the appointment you are supposed 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). If it has been more than 3 months since your entry visa (MVV) has expired, the Dutch Embassy or Consulate can not re-issue a new entry visa (MVV). Therefore, you must submit a new application, after receipt of a positive decision you can make a new appointment for collection of a new entry visa (MVV).

Please note, some Dutch Embassies or Consulates are reopening, some are still closed. Therefore, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate on a regular basis to check whether the appointment for collection of a (new) entry visa (MVV) is possible again. Feel free to contact us if our assistance is required with contacting the Dutch Embassy or Consulate.*

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, travelling is not recommended and might you want to travel to another Schengen country via the Netherlands, you must show entry permission from the particular Schengen country. Direct flights are however strongly recommended.

Passengers travelling to the Netherlands from most countries, must show a negative COVID-19 test result (conducted less than 72 hours before arrival) at the border. Furthermore, passengers from a country outside the EU/Schengen area are also required to show a negative test declaration including signature.

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 or if you have any questions about COVID-19 test, the self-quarantine and/or necessary appointments during the self-quarantine.

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.

*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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