Netherlands – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: March 20th, 2020

Embassies close consular departments

What is the change?

The Netherlands has closed the consular departments of its embassies worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • Consular services are canceled until at least 6 April.
  • The government has imposed 30-day travel ban.

Exemptions to this ban apply to:

  • EU (including UK nationals), EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members
  • Third-country nationals holding a residence card (incl. Highly Skilled Migrant residence permit) or a residence permit in accordance with Directive 2003/109/EC (LTR Directive)
  • Third-country nationals who derive their right of residence from other European Directives (e.g. Blue Card, ICT Directive residence permit) or from the national law of a Member State
  • Holders of a long-stay visa, including persons with a temporary residence permit (MVV)
  • Note: the MVV exemption is under discussion with the relevant authorities.
  • Essential staff

Full travel bans apply to flights departing from:

  • China (incl. Hongkong)
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • Italy

The Netherlands decision to enforce the travel ban follows the European Union Member States’ recent agreement to halt most travel to the EU for 30 days.

Employers must be prepared for significant disruptions to employee mobility and should anticipate further restrictions. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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