Long-distance relationships exempt from Dutch entry ban starting today

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Update: The Netherlands as of 27 July 2020 announced it was only permitting the partners of residents who carry citizenship from an EEA country or Switzerland.

Netherlands residents in a long distance relationship can have their partner visit them in the Netherlands again from today. Many people from outside of Europe are currently banned from entering the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. But from Monday, the foreign partners of Dutch people and some residents are exempt from this ban.

The partners will have to meet a number of conditions before being allowed to visit. This includes that the relationship must be at least three months old and that the relationship is a lasting one. The couple must be able to demonstrate that they "regularly" saw each other before the travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  A signed, written statement affirming the relationship will be required, with any false document submitted to be considered an act of perjury, according to the Justice and Security Ministry.

The partners must also have a return ticket. Visits will be capped at a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Anyone who wants to stay for longer, will have to apply for a long-stay visa. Which means that they will have to meet the applicable conditions, including having the financial resources for travel and accommodation, and guarantees for a timely return. 

If the partner comes from a country with a code orange travel advice due to a high number of coronavirus infections, they will get the "urgent advice" to quarantine themselves for two weeks, Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said in a letter to parliament earlier this month.

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