I am in a long-distance relationship with someone from a country to which an entry ban applies due to coronavirus. Can my partner travel to the Netherlands?

Your partner from a country to which an entry ban applies may travel to the Netherlands under certain conditions. Your partner may stay in the Netherlands for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Children under the age of 18 can also travel with your partner.From 23 March 2022 people travelling to the Netherlands no longer need to show a negative test result.

People with valid proof of vaccination or valid proof of recovery are exempt from the EU entry ban.

Conditions applying to the temporary arrangement for partners in long-distance relationships

The conditions applying to the temporary arrangement for partners in long-distance relationships are:

  • You are a Dutch national or a national of a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Or you are a UK national and have a residence document that shows your residence rights fall under the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Your partner must be able to present a copy of this residence document as proof of your residence: Permanent Residence Document Withdrawal Agreement 18 (1) or Residence Document Withdrawal Agreement 18 (1). (In Dutch only) 
  • You live in the Netherlands and are in the Netherlands at the time your partner wishes to travel to the Netherlands.
  • You and your partner have been in a relationship for at least 3 months. You saw each other within your relationship at least twice in person. For example, during a stay at a house or a hotel. Or once for a period of at least 4 weeks. You have proof of this, such as airline tickets and hotel reservations.
  • Before travelling to the Netherlands your partner must purchase a return ticket. This also applies to any children under 18 travelling with your partner.
  • You must both sign the ‘Declaration of relationship for COVID-19 entry ban exemption’ form. On this form you must indicate when your relationship started. You must also enclose proof of your relationship and time spent together. You decide what proof you send. For example:
    • airline tickets
    • previously used visas
    • copies of passport stamps
    • payment details showing that you spent time together somewhere (such as hotel reservations)
    • statements by third parties that you are in a relationship (such as a statement from parents or friends)
    • photos.

Please note: This arrangement only applies if you are a Dutch national, or a national of Switzerland or a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). You must also be registered as living in the Netherlands at the time the application is made and when your partner enters the Netherlands. 

If your partner requires a visa for the Netherlands, they must satisfy the basic conditions for a short-stay visa

Third-country nationals with a residence permit for the Netherlands or partners who are both third-country nationals cannot make use of this special arrangement,, unless  the partner in the Netherlands is a UK national who falls under the Brexit withdrawal agreement. 

Presenting documents on arrival in the Netherlands

At border control your partner must show the Royal Dutch Military and Border Police or the Seaport Police the following:

The border control officers will use these documents to determine whether your partner meets all the conditions. Your partner must also have a valid travel document (link in Dutch) and, if necessary, a visa (see below). 

Your partner is advised to travel to the Netherlands directly, by plane or other form of transport, and not to travel via other EU countries or Schengen countries. Travelling via these countries may mean that your partner is unable to continue their journey to the Netherlands on the grounds of the arrangement for partners in long-distance relationships.

Short-stay visa (up to 90 days)

Your partner may need a short-stay visa for a stay in the Netherlands of up to 90 days. This depends on your partner’s nationality.

When applying for this visa the authorities will check whether your partner meets the conditions for the arrangement for partners in long-distance relationships. For this you need to submit the completed ‘Declaration of relationship for COVID-19 entry ban exemption’ form and proof of your relationship.

Longer than 90 days in the Netherlands

If your partner wants to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, they must apply to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for a residence permit (and often also an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV)).