I am a British national in the Netherlands and I don’t have a residence permit yet. What do I need to keep in mind while travelling?
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travel options. Check the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice before you travel to or from the UK.
As of 1 January 2021, if you are a British national in the Netherlands and need to make an essential journey to the UK or somewhere else outside the EU, and you plan on coming back to the Netherlands or transiting through the Netherlands to another EU country, you must be able show that you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement. If you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement, you are not subject to the European entry ban. In that case, you won’t need a stamp in your passport.
You can use any of the following documents to show, as of 1 January 2021, that you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement:
- Residence document (as under the Withdrawal Agreement).
- Cross-border commuter document.
- Confirmation of the receipt of your application for a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement or for a cross-border commuter document.
If you do not have any of the documents above by the time of your trip, other acceptable documents you can use to show you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement include:
- An extract from the Personal Records Database that shows you lawfully resided in the Netherlands prior to 1 January 2021.
- Other proof demonstrating that you lawfully resided in the Netherlands prior 1 January 2021, such as a rental contract or an EU residence document on the basis of Directive 2004/38.
Having your passport stamped
If you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement and can show one of the above documents, your passport does not need to be stamped at the border. To avoid a border guard placing a stamp in your passport, present one of the above documents along with your passport. Border guards cannot see from your passport alone whether you fall under the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you receive a stamp in your passport when you shouldn’t have
Inform the border guard if they’ve stamped your passport in error. The guard can immediately annul the stamp or direct you to the Immigration Office of the Royal Military and Border Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee, KMAR) near the passport desk.
You can also have the stamp annulled at the Royal Military and Border Police’s Emergency Travel Document Office (Bureau Nooddocumenten) at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport, located between Departure Halls 1 and 2. Another border guard will be called in to examine the stamp placed in error. This process may take some time.
A stamp placed your passport in error has no consequences, but having it annulled may prevent future confusion.
Questions about previous stamps
If you have questions about previous stamps, please go directly to the Immigration Office.