April 6, 2020 –
Location: The Netherlands
Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in the Netherlands
Dutch Residency Permit Extensions: If your stay in the Netherlands will exceed the period authorized, contact the Dutch immigration service (IND) immediately for assistance. The Dutch government is aware that it may be more difficult to return to your home during this period and will work with you to extend your visa or residency permit if necessary. If your residency permit is expiring and you cannot leave the country, you should request an extension and IND will let you know if it is possible to extend your stay. If you are staying in the Netherlands on a short-stay visa and cannot leave the country, you can also apply for an extension. Please call the IND information line at 088 04 30430. Have your visa or residency number available during the call.
If you are in the Netherlands visa free, but your 90 days has expired, you cannot apply for an extension of that period. While the Dutch government will be less strict in enforcing penalties and removals at this time, they do expect you to try to return home as soon as possible. Please visit the IND Coronavirus FAQ page for more information: https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.
U.S. citizens seeking to depart the Netherlands and in need of assistance should contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov.
Commercial Flights Available: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Netherlands. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in the Netherlands at this time. The schedule of available flights out of Schiphol airport remains fluid. Flights may not be daily, please check directly with the airlines for details. As of today, KLM maintains direct service to New York-JFK, Atlanta – ATL, Chicago- ORD, and Los Angeles – LAX. Delta maintains direct service to Detroit and Atlanta. Check with your airline to ensure you will be permitted to travel to Schiphol for transit onwards to the U.S.
Dutch Travel Restrictions and Passenger Self-Isolation Policies: The Dutch maintain a list of FAQs regarding the EU travel restrictions that impact foreigners, including U.S. citizens. Exemptions to these restrictions only exist for a very small group of travelers, and most U.S. citizens that do not hold Dutch citizenship and/or residency will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands. For more information on the restrictions and exemptions, please visit https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/latest-news/news/2020/03/18/q-and-a-for-entry-into-the-netherlands-travel-ban.The Dutch government has implemented a 14-day self-isolation requirement for passengers arriving in the Netherlands on flights from the U.S., China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Spain, and Austria. For more information please visit https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/documents/publications/2020/04/05/letter-self-quarantine-and-other-coronavirus-measures
Social Distancing Measures: The Dutch Ministry of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has implemented social distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures have been extended through April 28. Visit the Dutch government’s COVID-19 website for more information.
U.S. Consulate Operations: Effective March 17, 2020 the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or contact us via email at AmsterdamUSC@state.gov or call +(31) (0) 70 310 2209.
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 websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
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.
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