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Health Alert: Netherlands, COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens

Is travel to the Netherlands permitted? The Dutch government strictly enforces the EU travel restrictions banning non-essential travel from outside the EU with limited exemptions.

Travelers residing in the U.S. who meet the criteria of one of the exemptions as listed on the Dutch Government’s website may be granted entry into the Netherlands: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands

On July 16, the Dutch Ministry of Justice announced an additional exemption for foreigners engaged in long-distance relationships with Dutch citizens/residents. For more information visit: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2020/07/16/minister-grapperhaus-relaxes-rules-for-long-distance-relationships

Travelers who do not qualify for one of the exemptions to the EU travel restrictions may be denied entry at Schiphol airport when seeking to enter the Netherlands or transit the Netherlands on their way to another EU country. Please note that even if another EU country is willing to grant entry to a traveler under a country-specific exemption, that exemption from the travel restrictions may not be accepted by the Dutch Government. In those cases, we highly recommend obtaining a direct flight from the U.S. to the country in the EU that will be granting the exemption to the travel restrictions.

Before planning a visit to the Netherlands please review the Dutch government website on the travel restrictions: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands or call the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ call center at: +31 247 247 247.

Can I transit Schiphol Airport on the way to the U.S.? Travelers from areas outside of the EU are being permitted to transit Schiphol airport, remain airside, and continue onward to destinations outside the EU, including the U.S. However, passengers will not be permitted to exit the transit area without proof that they qualify for an exemption to the EU travel restrictions as outlined in the links above.

Travelers who are subject to the travel restrictions and do not qualify for an exemption, must have a confirmed onward flight outside of the EU prior to commencing travel. Note that it will not be possible to leave the transit area to check your luggage onto a new flight. A list of overnight stay hotel and shower facilities accessible from the transit area is available at https://www.schiphol.nl/en/at-schiphol/services/sleep-after-passport-control. Please contact the facilities directly prior to departure to ensure they will be operating and have availability during your transit through Schiphol airport.

For additional information regarding the Netherlands’ entry and exit requirements and restrictions please visit the COVID-19 Information Page on our website.

Are face masks mandatory in public in the Netherlands? The Dutch government has authorized local officials at the municipal level to implement additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 including the mandatory use of face masks in designated public spaces. The measures may vary in different municipalities and visitors are encouraged to carry a face mask when visiting public spaces.

Is the Consulate open for business? In accordance with Department of State policy worldwide we have begun to gradually resume a limited number of routine U.S. citizen and visa services while remaining in compliance with social distancing policies. Please see below for details regarding the services available.

To schedule a passport appointment please visit our website at https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/. For those with urgent travel needs, such as a life or death emergency, or travel within the next 7 calendar days, the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam can assist with an emergency passport.  To request an emergency passport appointment in Amsterdam, please send an email to AmsterdamUSC@state.gov with “EMERGENCY PASSPORT RENEWAL” in the subject line and details regarding the urgent need to travel.  Please include a confirmed travel itinerary for the applicant to demonstrate travel within the next 7 calendar days.

We are offering a limited number of Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments for those who have an urgent need to document a U.S. citizen child. If you have submitted the required paperwork and received a confirmation of receipt, we will reach out to schedule an appointment. We are only able to offer a limited number of appointments but will do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible. Should you have an emergency travel need please make us aware by e-mailing AmsterdamUSC@state.gov with “EMERGENCY CRBA” in the subject line, and include your confirmed travel itinerary with scheduled departure within the next 7 calendar days. If you have not yet submitted your paperwork please consult our website for instructions https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/.

Certain visa services (categories of visas not mentioned on our website), routine notarial services, and Certificates of Loss of Nationality (CLNs) at the U.S. Consulate General remain suspended until further notice.

Need to contact us with additional questions? Check out our COVID-19 FAQs for U.S. citizens for answers to the most common COVID-19 related questions. For all emergency American Citizens Services, please visit our website for additional information or contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov.


Actions to Take:

· Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts. Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the Netherlands.

· Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. · Call a general practitioner or the Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at 0800-1351 for guidance if you have flu-like symptoms.

· For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. · Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.


Assistance:   U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam  

Museumplein 19 1071 DJ Amsterdam

+(31) (0) 70 310 2209   AmsterdamUSC@state.gov   https://nl.usembassy.gov/  

Department of State – Consular Affairs  

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444   Netherlands Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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