Reunited: significant others of the Dutch will soon be able to re-enter the Netherlands

Love is in the air — or it will be soon, when the Netherlands makes an exemption for loved ones of the Dutch to enter the country again. 

People from outside the EU and Schengen area have been banned from entering the lowlands for months. The entry ban left those dating residents of the Netherlands in a difficult position, when borders around the world slammed shut in the wake of coronavirus.

But from July 27, loved ones will be able to enter the Netherlands again. Hallelujah!

Of course, there are restrictions in place (it is the Netherlands after all). Sweethearts will have to meet strict conditions, such as being in a relationship for at least three months. They’ll also have to sign a handwritten statement — and any lies will be punished.

And sadly, it’s not permanent. The visit can last only up to 90 days, and the foreigner has to show a ticket for a return flight upon entry.

Regardless, in a time of uncertainty, we’re all stoked to see that love wins after all. Now go book that ticket, lovebirds!

Will you be reuniting with a loved one under the new rules? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Everton Vila/Unsplash

Samantha Dixon
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.


  1. If this, making an exception for “sweethearts”, isn’t blatant discrimination, I’d sure like to know what is. There are countless single people who have and cherish their friends but I guess simply being a friend isn’t worthy. What kind of arrogance is it to say to a lonely individual who may have met someone only briefly or even online, “if they aren’t your ‘significant other’, you can damn well forget getting to meet them in person”.

    For a site that is clearly progressive, supporting such a draconian rule seems almost unbelievable. If you truly believe that all caring relationships matter, why write in such fawning terms about such an obviously discriminatory ruling?

  2. Hi All,

    These are great news ! but I have a very interesting question, In the webpage it mentions that this is applicable to only Dutch Nationals see an exctract: “You yourself are a Dutch national or a national of a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.” But if I understand from the above article this is applicable also for the residents in the NL (I am a resident but I come from a non European country) Can somebody confirm my beloved can come if we comply with all the other requirements :p


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