13 July 2020

Lifting travel restrictions

Lifting travel restrictions

Since The first of July 2020, the Dutch government has lifted travel restrictions to and from certain countries. Allowing residents of the following the countries to enter the Netherlands, they are as followed; Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. For these countries the visa services at embassies and consulates are resumed. As for the People Republic of China, the ban will only be lifted once they will allow entry for EU citizens to enter the country.


Every 2 weeks, the Dutch government will review the list on the basis of the number of COVID-19 infections. The number of infections must remain stable at or below 19 per 100,000 inhabitants of a certain nation stated on the list. To prevent the contagious spread of COVID-19, existing restrictions will remain in effect for non-essential travel to Europe. Individuals who do not withhold residency of any of the countries stated above or who are not exempted in the list below may not enter the Netherlands.


Lifting of the travel restrictions does not automatically result in a change of the Dutch travel advise to the mentioned countries. This will also depend on the quarantine rules and local measures to allow Dutch visitors.


Travel restrictions do not apply to the stated below:

  • EU citizens
  • Citizens of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City and Andorra, and their family members.
  • Third-country nationals who have residence within the EU and in accordance with EU Directive 2003/109/EC concerning long-term residents.
  • Third-country nationals whose right of residence is derived from other EU directives or the national law of a member state.
  • Holders of a long-stay vis, including those with authorization for temporary stay (MVV).


Third-country nationals who are key workers or have exceptional circumstances are also exempted. These are:

  • Health care professionals
  • Cross-border commuters
  • Diplomats
  • Members of the armed forces
  • Members of international and humanitarian organizations
  • People with compelling reasons to visit their family (exceptional cases). For example, to visit a family member that is terminally ill and/or to attend a funeral of a family member.
  • Transit passengers
  • People who require international protection (normal border procedures are applicable in this case)
  • People admitted on humanitarian grounds
  • Seafarers in possession of a seaman’s record book
  • Students who are currently admitted or will be admitted in a Dutch university or School of Applied Sciences.
  • Highly skilled migrants who will begin working or already in possession of a working contract.