The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has now been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and countries all around the world have begun implementing measures to help contain the spread of the virus. Depending on the country, the preventative measures against COVID-19 include travel restrictions, border closures, and the suspension of flights
Visa Requirements for Citizens of the Netherlands
Visa requirements for nationals of the Netherlands are administrative entry restrictions placed on Dutch passport holders by the authorities of other states across the world.
The Dutch passport is currently ranked 5th in terms of freedom of travel among countries in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index. At the moment, Dutch citizens are able to travel to over 140 countries and territories visa-free or by obtaining a visa on arrival.
The visa requirements for citizens of the Netherlands depend on the destination, the period of time the traveler wants to spend in the chosen country, and the purpose of the trip.
Several visa-free countries may require nationals of the Netherlands to pre-register an online application to obtain an electronic travel authorization before departure from the Netherlands. This is normally required in order to pre-screen any health or security risks before visa-exempt visitors reach their destination.
The period of permitted stay for Dutch citizens in a visa-free country can vary from 14 days to a longer stay of 8 months. However, many countries in Europe permit travelers from the Netherlands to stay for an unlimited period of time if they have an ID card.
Citizens of the Netherlands who want to travel to other countries need a visa to do so, whether a tourist visa, work visa, student visa, or other visa option.
This may be obtained either by submitting an online application for an electronic visa, visiting a government diplomatic office of their destination to apply for an embassy visa, or by queueing for a visa on arrival at a border entry checkpoint.