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Travel and COVID-19

You can find the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to Netherlands on the Re-open EU website, and via the Netherlands Government website. You can also find information on their cultural exemption visa. COVID-19 travel information can change frequently, but you can read what you should be looking out for in our guidance.

Entry visa requirements

Not required.

Article 6(3) states, ‘The Netherlands does not require a short-term visa for UK nationals carrying out a paid activity.’

Working fewer than 90 days?

Employees who live abroad and who occasionally work in the Netherlands (i.e., musicians who come to perform) are exempt from work permits.

Short-term work up to 6 continuous weeks within a period of 13 weeks are also exempt.

For stays of up to 3 months a work permit is required (a TWV applied for by the employer).

Additional requirements

There is a minimum income requirement for stays of over 6 weeks requiring a work permit.

Working for more than 90 days?

A single permit is required (a GVVA) consisting of a residence and work permit. The inviting organisation can apply for this.

Additional requirements

There is an income requirement depending on your role. Your income should be at least equal to the required amount for the permit you are applying for.

The income requirement is an absolute minimum. If a musician is hired part-time, the income requirement is NOT lowered pro rata.

You will also need to supply an employment contract and a resume.


No cost for a work permit up to 90 days.

€320 for single work/residence permit.

Contact details

Netherlands Embassy Website
38 Hyde Park Gate
London SW7 5DP

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7590 3200
[email protected]

Honorary Consulates: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dover, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Hull, Liverpool, Norwich, Southampton

Planning a tour?

The information provided in this guide is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice. The ISM recommends that if you have any doubts about your eligibility to enter any country, you contact a suitably qualified migration expert for each individual country in good time prior to intended arrival.