Location: The Netherlands
Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
U.S. Consulate Operations: In response to the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam reduced staffing and suspended routine U.S. citizen and visa services. As local conditions improve and the Dutch government eases social distancing restrictions, we have begun to gradually resume a limited number of routine U.S. citizen services while remaining in compliance with social distancing policies. Please see below for details regarding the limited services available.
Passport Services: We received authorization to make a limited number of routine passport appointments available. At present, we are only able to make appointments available a few weeks in advance and will not, unfortunately, be able to immediately meet all the demand for passport services. Appointment wait times may be lengthy or there may not be any appointment slots available. Please continue to monitor our website at https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ to see when additional appointments become available.
To help us provide passport services to as many people as possible, we ask you not to schedule more appointments than needed for your service and to only book an appointment once you have all required documentation. If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment, please cancel it online as soon as possible to allow someone else the opportunity to secure services. Please carefully review our website for the requirements.
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 confirm travel within the next 7 calendar days.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA): We are offering a limited number of CRBA appointments for those who have an urgent need to document their U.S. citizen child. If you have submitted all 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 the following website for instructions https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/birth/.
Social Security Services and Other Federal Benefits: Information regarding the resumption of limited Social Security services and other federal benefits will be forthcoming soon. Please monitor our website and future alerts and notices regarding our services.
Other Consular Services: Routine notarial services, Certificates of Loss of Nationality (CLNs), and visa services at the U.S. Consulate General remain suspended until further notice.
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.
(New) Face Coverings Required for Consulate General Visitors: Effective June 8, all visitors to U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam will be required to wear a face covering. All visitors over the age of two will be required to bring a face covering to their appointment in order to receive services. The Consulate will not provide face coverings and you may be denied entry if you do not bring a covering with you. Please plan ahead. For more information on face coverings including how to make, wear, and wash your face covering visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Travel to the Netherlands from the U.S.: The Dutch government is strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU. The ban has been extended through June 15, 2020. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (and other non-EU citizens and non-residents) are prohibited from entering the Netherlands except for those in certain categories of travelers including passengers transiting Amsterdam Schiphol airport. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are permitted to transit Schiphol airport, remain airside, and continue onward to the United States. Passengers will not be permitted to exit the transit area and should have a confirmed onward flight to the U.S. prior to commencing travel. Exemptions to entry restrictions only exist for a very small group of travelers, and most U.S. citizens who do not hold Dutch citizenship and/or residency will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands. Although there exists an exemption for “compelling reasons to visit family,” the Dutch are strictly interpreting this as cases involving life or death, such as visiting a terminally ill family member or attendance at a funeral. A fact sheet outlining the Netherlands’ enforcement of EU travel restrictions and applicable exemptions to the ban is available at: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands
Travel to the Netherlands from locations within the EU: As of June 15, the Netherlands will start accepting tourists from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands. Tourists must comply with all the measures and rules that apply to combat the spread of coronavirus. Tourists must also reserve their holiday accommodation before they travel to the Netherlands. For the latest information, visit the FAQ on holiday travel to the Netherlands: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/documents/frequently-asked-questions/qa-holidays-to-the-netherlands
U.S. citizens not resident in or physically present in the EU are subject to travel restrictions until at least June 15, 2020. We do not yet know if these restrictions will be extended beyond June 15, therefore, 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.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive Alerts.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for 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.
- U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam
1071 DJ Amsterdam
+(31) (0) 70 310 2209
- Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Netherlands Country Information
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