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Important news for incoming expats from the UK and South Africa

News from December the 23rd, 2020

Travelling from the United Kingdom and South Africa to the Netherland is possible again! You will have to prove that you are not infected with the covid-19 virus. Proof is a negative PCR corona test no older than 72 hours before you will arrive in the Netherlands. Please also read this article on

Travelling from the UK/South Africa to the Netherlands for residents of the Netherlands

Are you a UK national who already lived in the Netherlands? You can travel back once this is possible again. If that is after January the 1st, 2021 it may be that you will have to prove that you were already a resident of the Netherlands. So make sure that you can show your rental contract for a Dutch property, your BSN or anything else that proves your residency in the Netherlands.

South African citizens can come to the Netherlands on their Dutch residence permit or their entry visa MVV .

‘New’ UK nationals who would arrive in December 2020

Did you plan on arriving in the Netherlands before January 1, 2021 and should this not be possible in the end? Due to Brexit UK nationals who will live and work in the Netherlands need to apply for a residence/work permit starting from January 1, 2021.

However, if you are an incoming expat and your original plan was to arrive in the Netherlands before January 1st, 2021 and due to the current situation you are stuck in the UK there is an exemption. You will need to prove that you had planned to arrive in the Netherlands in December. This can be done by (cancelled) plane or train tickets.

UK nationals who will arrive after January 1st

UK nationals who already planned to arrive in the Netherlands after January 1st need to apply for an immigration procedure. The same goes for South Africans; an immigration procedure is applicable if you want to live and work in the Netherlands. Settle Service gladly assists!

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