You will receive an entry ban if you are in the Netherlands, but are not allowed to be here. On this page, you can find out what an entry ban is, when it will be imposed on you, and what the consequences are.
The result of an entry ban is that you are no longer allowed to travel to the Netherlands, other EU and EEA countries, and Switzerland. You are also not allowed to be in these countries. The entry ban does not apply to Ireland. An entry ban can only be imposed on you if you have received a return decision. Find out what a return decision is.
Do you have EU, EEA or Swiss nationality? Then you cannot be subject to an entry ban, but you can be pronounced undesirable. Read more about pronouncement of undesirability.
In the following cases, an entry ban may be imposed on you:
Are you in the Netherlands on a short-stay visa or in the permit-exempt term? Are you also unable to leave the Netherlands in time through no fault of your own? Sometimes it is possible to extend your visa or permit-exempt term.
The IND, police (AVIM), Seaport Police and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) may impose an entry ban. If an entry ban is imposed on you, this is given in a decision. The decision explains the reasons for the entry ban and how long it lasts. You will receive a flyer about the entry ban together with the decision.
You can apply for review against an entry ban or you lodge an appeal at court. Whether you apply for review or immediately lodge an appeal depends on how you were given an entry ban. Because an entry ban may be part of a decision on an application for permission to be in the Netherlands, or not.
You applied for a residence permit, for example, and you received a negative decision. The negative decision tells you whether you can apply for review or appeal. It also tells you whether you are allowed to wait for the result in the Netherlands. The same applies to the entry ban.
You can immediately lodge an appeal to the Aliens Division of the district court in The Hague. You are not allowed to wait for the appeal in the Netherlands. This means you still need to leave the Netherlands.
An entry ban has a number of consequences as follows.
Coming to the Netherlands is also a criminal offence. You could receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months or a high fine. The Dutch government can also remove you from the country. This is also possible when your prison sentence has ended.
Your entry ban and personal data will be recorded in an information system. This is called an alert. Other countries will know that you are subject to an entry ban. The decision states in which system you will be recorded. There are two systems:
Is your entry ban no longer valid? Alternatively, has your application to have the entry ban lifted been approved? Then your data will be removed from E&S and SIS.
The decision states how long your entry ban lasts. This is usually 2 years. Whether the entry ban is longer or shorter depends on your situation:
An entry ban for 1 or 2 years is a light entry ban. An entry ban for more than 2 years is a heavy entry ban.
Your entry ban is for 1, 2, or more years. The period becomes effective on:
Has the period of the entry ban ended? Have you also followed the provisions of the entry ban? Then it automatically ends. Afterwards, you can travel to the Netherlands, other EU/EEA countries and Switzerland again.
What if your entry ban is not over yet? In very exceptional and urgent situations, you can apply for it to be lifted temporarily. Having it lifted means stopping it.
Send a letter to the IND, asking for the ban to be lifted, and explain why. You can do this yourself or ask someone else (in the Netherlands) to ask for the ban to be lifted for you. You must give this person official permission to take action on your behalf. Write this down on paper with your signature. This is called an authorisation. Enclose this authorisation with the letter in which you ask for the ban to be lifted.
Send the letter to:
9560 AA Ter Apel
Important! Did another EU/EEA country or Switzerland impose an entry ban on you? Then you must ask the other country to lift the ban.