COVID-19 Overview

COVID-19 has had an extreme effect on international travel.  Visa issuance and regulation has been and continues to change on an almost daily basis.  We are constantly receiving questions on the effects of the Corona virus on visa applications. The new Omicron variant has further added to the confusion and has led to many countries banning travellers from countries in the South of Africa. It has also led to stricter regulations on COVID-19 testing and quarantine when travelling internationally.

The world of visas and legalisations was already difficult to understand for most and now it can feel as if you are lost in a maze and keep going round in circles. 

Thankfully, Visa Service Desk is here to show you the way through so that you can ensure that you have the correct documents to travel, or to ship your products overseas.  There is no-one that can guide your entry into your destination country, when you arrive at the border it is your visa and passport that will be checked by the local customs officer and it is extremely important that your paperwork is in order and that you are aware of the local rules in regards to COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

We have the most up to date information and always make sure that our clients are fully prepared, well in advance of their travel date.  So if you need a health declaration, PCR test or a standard negative Corona test, we can tell you when and where you can get this done to ensure that you can board your flight without issue.

Information Sources and Links

Visa Service Desk believes in providing a superior service to all of our clients.  Our service is built upon our core standards of compliance and transparency.  As such we are happy to provide you all with the following links to companies and websites that we use to stay up to date with the ever changing regulations around the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For a list of recognized PCR testing organisations, click here.

IATA Travel Centre COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map - International Air Transport Association (IATA)

IATA are also developing the IATA Travel Pass, this is a mobile application that will allow travellers to store and manage certifictations for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.  Read more here.

For the most up to date travel advice from the Dutch government during the Corona Pandemic, including the current colour codes for countries and which countries are not advisable to visit check

For the most up to date information from the RIVM on COVID-19 - click here