The Dutch government has added a new category to its list of travel ban exemptions. Effective, Sept. 21, a limited number of non-EU business travelers are exempt from COVID-19 entry restrictions. Travelers must be in possession of a ‘Note Verbale’ issued by a Dutch Embassy in order to travel under this exemption. In order to qualify, the following high-level conditions must be met:

  • Travelers must have a confirmed appointment with a registered company in the Netherlands or with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).
  • The appointment must be considered urgent, and the traveler must show a reason why the meeting must take place in person.
  • The appointment must meet at least one of the following conditions:
    • The meeting would result in the creation of at least five new jobs or a minimum investment of €500,000.
    • The visit could result in a foreign investment to add to the Dutch innovation capacity or further digitization of the Dutch economy.
    • The Dutch organization the foreign national is visiting (1) has at least 10 FTE employees and/or €2 million in annual turnover, and (2) the visit is important to the continuation of daily operations, maintenance, the creation of jobs or growth in the company’s annual turnover.

Additional Information: Travelers who meet this exemption are subject to all other Dutch visa and COVID-19 entry rules and regulations.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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