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Dutch government announces strict border shutdown for incoming Non-EU citizens from 23 January

Posted on: January 22, 2021

Updated 27 January 2021

Via The Northern Times and the Dutch government’s website

The Dutch governments continuing efforts to stop the spread of new variants of the Coronavirus has led to several strict border measures being implemented from 23 January 2021. An entry ban on non-EU citizens had been in force since March 2020, but had several exceptions allowing incoming Highly-Skilled Migrants, Students, and others to enter the country. These exceptions have now been changed, with no new entry being permitted for these categories of people coming to the Netherlands for less than 90 days.

Full information can be found on the Dutch government’s website.

Now, all incoming business travellers, students, highly-skilled migrants; professionals from the cultural and creative sectors, and people in long-distance romantic relationships wishing to travel to the Netherlands for a short period (less than 90 days) will no longer be granted entry.

This means that unless you have a current residence permit or MVV, you should not travel to the Netherlands and are almost certain to be refused entry.

A full flight ban (and ferry ban from the UK) has been implemented for people travelling from the UK, South Africa, Cape Verde; and a number of South American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil; Chile, Colombia, Ecuador; French Guiana, Guyana, Panama; Paraguay, Peru; Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The flight ban is to remain in place for 1 month.

Further restrictions regarding testing before coming to the Netherlands will also came online 23 January. All incoming travellers from a non-safe country must present BOTH a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours), and also a negative quick-test taken no more than 4 hours before departure.

All travellers, including EU residents and residents of Corona-safe countries, will need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. If they have no symptoms, they can get tested after 5 days, and if negative, end their quarantine.

If you are planning to come to the Netherlands, please take into consideration that there are also extra restrictions within the Netherlands.