Procedure after evacuation from Afghanistan
The Netherlands is doing everything possible to enable the evacuations from Afghanistan. Emergency reception facilities are available for people with Afghan nationality upon arrival in the Netherlands. In addition, a number of facilities are available for the group of people from Afghanistan who have a Dutch passport, to help them on their way. Evacuees who are citizens of nearby countries, such as Belgium or the United Kingdom, can travel on from Schiphol to that country under the supervision of staff from the relevant embassy.
Emergency reception centre at barracks in Zoutkamp
Regardless of whether they have a passport, people with Afghan nationality will be accommodated in the emergency reception centre at the Willem Lodewijk van Nassau Barracks in Zoutkamp. The Municipal Health Service (GGD) will be available there to provide the necessary medical or psychological assistance. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will then handle the asylum procedures.
Facilities for people with a Dutch passport
Following their arrival and registration at Schiphol, people with a Dutch passport without accommodation are taken to a reception centre near the airport. Accompanying family members without a Dutch passport will be granted a short-stay visa if necessary. In addition, medical and psychological assistance will be provided.
With regard to longer-term accommodation for those with a Dutch passport and any accompanying family members, there are three possibilities, which are subject to the mandatory preventive quarantine measures:
1. People have arranged accommodation themselves, such as with family or friends, and therefore do not use the reception facilities.
2. People arrange accommodation themselves at a later time, and therefore use the reception facilities temporarily.
3. People use the reception facilities in the Netherlands
A scheme has been set up for the group of people from Afghanistan with a Dutch passport that provides for the following:
- a one-off contribution towards their initial expenses;
- a weekly allowance for food, clothing and other personal expenses;
- payment of extraordinary expenses;
- coverage of medical expenses in accordance with a medical expenses scheme to be set up for that purpose;
- insurance against the financial consequences of statutory liability.
This scheme applies to persons who do not have sufficient own funds.