COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredCOVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Requirements
• Travel within the EU:
- Fully vaccinated passengers travelling from within the EU do not need to quarantine or get tested. This applies for all countries (green, yellow, orange or red countries).
- Non-vaccinated passengers travelling from a green country within the EU do not have to quarantine or get tested.
- Non-vaccinated passengers travelling from a yellow, orange, or red country within the EU must show a negative NAAT / PCR test completed up to 48 hours before departure AND a negative antigen test completed up to 24 hours before departure OR a negative NAAT/PCR test completed up to 24 hours before departure OR proof of recovery (for example, a Digital COVID certificate) but are not required to quarantine.
• Travel from outside of the EU / Schengen zone:
• Very high risk area: 10-day quarantine and negative NAAT/ PCR test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure; OR a negative NAAT / PCR test completed no more than 48 hours before departure AND a negative test result from an antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before departure for passengers travelling from a very high-risk area (with or without variant of concern) outside of the EU / Schengen zone. 10-day quarantine can be shortened with a negative test result at the Municipal Health Office (GGD) on the 5th day of quarantine.
- High-risk or safe areas: Negative NAAT / PCR test completed up to 48 hours before departure AND a negative test result from an antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before departure OR an NAAT / PCR test completed up to 24 hours before departure are required for passengers traveling form a high-risk or safe areas.10-day quarantine can be shortened with a negative test result at the Municipal Health Office (GGD) on the 5th day of quarantine.
• Normal long-stay visa (MVV) issuance has resumed in most locations but can be limited due to the local circumstances. This generally exempts the following categories:
- Family members of Dutch citizens, holding a corresponding MVV approval;
- Those with expired MVV stickers, unable to enter the Netherlands within MVV validity due to the pandemic; and
- Those holding MVV approval, whose consular appointment to collect an MVV sticker was cancelled due to the pandemic.
- Eligible applicants can contact their local consular post to schedule a collection appointment. For other categories, MVV issuance remains suspended.
• The Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) has resumed most desk services.
- Immigration officials will contact foreign nationals to schedule appointments for residence endorsement sticker for non-EU family members of EU citizens. In other situations foreign nationals can schedule the necessary appointments themselves via the online tool or by phone. Applicants should anticipate appointment waiting times due to a backlog and limited desk capacity.
- Access to IND desks is limited to the applicant only; payment of service fees is limited to debit card.
• The Labour Authority (UWV) continues to process short-term work permit applications, although travel for short-term work is not currently possible under the entry ban, unless they hold the Highlyskilled migrant work permit and the employer can provide for urgency. Employers should notify the UWV if short-term work permits are not used for four consecutive weeks.
• Town halls may limit their desk support to 'urgent services' (with no strict definition of urgent), but request that anyone with symptoms of illness refrain from visiting. Applicants are advised to consult their municipality website before visiting. Travel Restrictions
• Entry ban for non-resident foreign nationals until further notice, except:
- Fully vaccinated travelers;
- Travelers from 'safe countries / regions';
- Dutch nationals and residents, and their family members;
- EU/Schengen Area nationals and their family (including nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City);
- Holders of a Dutch long-term visa (MVV) or permit, long-stay Schengen D visa or EU long-term residence permit;
- Travelers holding newly-approved EU Blue Cards, EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permits, Highly Skilled Migrant permits, researcher and student permits; carrying an approval letter and a written employer statement stating the travel purpose and why this cannot be postponed; travelling by direct flight (no transit);
- Students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative industries and long-distance partners; carrying entry permission;
- Students staying longer than 90 days (college, university);
- Professional athletes invited by a Dutch sport organization or taking part in a Dutch sports event;
- Transiting travelers, transiting in under 48 hours to a country outside the Schengen Area via the Amsterdam airport, remaining in the non-Schengen airport transit area and carrying a confirmed connecting flight ticket;
- Transiting travelers travelling to another Schengen country via the Netherlands and holding the necessary permission to enter that country in question;
- Family members of highly skilled migrants;
- Personnel essential for the fight against COVID-19 (e.g., employees supporting the production of the COVID-19 vaccine, but who do not have a medical background), carrying proof of exemption;
- Employees traveling via helicopter from and to oil rigs on Dutch and UK territory;
- Cross-border, transport and essential workers (e.g., healthcare professionals);
- Travelers carrying a note verbale / diplomatic note for professionals with specialist knowledge providing urgent technical assistance in a crucial sector, whose physical presence is required;
- Partners who have been in a long distance relationship for at least three months with a Dutch national / Swiss citizen, UK national with an Article 50 residence document or a European Economic Area citizen residing in the Netherlands may enter the Netherlands. They should carry a declaration of relationship, a return ticket and fulfill certain conditions.
- Individuals traveling for exceptionally urgent family reasons, e.g., visiting a seriously ill or terminally ill family member or attending a funeral. The traveler must be a family member in the first or second degree (as defined in Dutch law) (with a Declaration of Exemption from COVID-19 entry ban); entering the Netherlands to be with their legal partner when they give birth. If not legally married, they must have acknowledged paternity or parentage of the unborn child. They must also be able to prove, with a letter from the gynecologist or the obstetrician, that their partner is more than 34 weeks pregnant; visiting a newborn grandchild (with a Declaration of Exemption from COVID-19 entry ban because of a birth); divorced parent from a third country visiting their child who lives in the Netherlands (with a Declaration of exemption from COVID-19 entry ban); and
- Those in a situation of absolute necessity.
• Home visits are now allowed. No open houses, only individualized showings with one person at a time is recommended.
• There is high demand for accommodation currently in the Netherlands, property availability is low and demand high.
• Bookings are available.
• Temporary accommodation is in high demand and there is limited availability.
• Childcare and education:
- Daycare centers for children aged under 4 are open.
- Primary schools are open.
- Out-of-school care is open.
- Secondary schools are open.
- Secondary vocational schools (MBO) are open.
- Higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities are open. oIn secondary vocational schools (MBO) and tertiary education institutions (HBO and WO) a maximum group size of 75 persons per room applies.
General InformationFrom 15 January 2022 the following measures apply:
• Always stay 1.5 metres apart
• If you have symptoms, stay at home and do a self-test. If the result is positive get tested by the municipal health service (GGD)
• Receive no more than 4 visitors aged 13 and over a day. Visit no more than 1 household a day
• Outdoors, people are advised not to meet in groups of more than 4 people aged 13 and over
• All restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and delivery
• Cinemas, museums, theatres and concert venues are closed
• Essential shops, such as supermarkets and chemists, can stay open until 20.00
• Petrol stations, pharmacies, driving schools, notaries, lawyers and other essential service providers can be open for their normal opening hours For travelling to the Netherlands, please check this website for the latest travel advice for your country: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en
• Public transportation is open.
• Wearing a non-medical face mask is mandatory in public transport for travelers aged 13 and older.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Limited services
• Sea: Normal services
• Limited trucking capacity available; high
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.