As part of the Dutch governments newest Coronavirus measure package (including a curfew), border restrictions have again been tightened with a full shutdown of travel between the Netherlands and the UK, South Africa, and most of South America
By Thomas Ansell
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 tonight. 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. Full information 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 will no longer be granted entry.
This means that unless you have a current residence permit, you should not travel to the Netherlands and are almost certain to be refused entry.
Though not entirely clear on the Dutch government’s website, it would be in-keeping with precedent that all current permit holders that have their main residence in the Netherlands continue to be allowed access to their homes here.
A full travel ban 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 come online this evening. All incoming travellers must present BOTH a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours), but also a negative quick-test taken no more than 4 hours before departure.