Coronavirus vaccination in the Netherlands for expats and internationals

A person receiving an injection

Coronavirus vaccination in the Netherlands for expats and internationals

Everyone living in the Netherlands is eligible for an EMA-certified COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination programme includes residents registered in the Personal Records Database BRP (Municipal registration) and non-residents (living in the Netherlands) who are registered in the RNI (Non-residents Record Database) and Probas (staff of international organisations and diplomatic missions). In 2021 everyone aged 18 and over in the Netherlands will be invited to get vaccinated against COVID-19.


Vaccination is voluntary

You have a choice in whether or not to get vaccinated. In other words, vaccination is not compulsory. Make sure that you are well-informed, so you can make the right choice. Being vaccinated will protect not only you, but also your family, friends, and vulnerable people in your surroundings from the coronavirus. Once the majority of people are immune to the coronavirus, the government can scale down the coronavirus restrictions.


Vaccination procedure

When it is time for your population group to be vaccinated, you will receive an invitation, either by post or email. The invitation will provide instructions on what to bring with you (such as your invitation letter and ID), and where you can get the vaccination. This could be at a large vaccination centre run by the Municipal Health Service (GGD), at your doctor’s office, or in a nursing home. Persons who have been vaccinated will receive a vaccination certificate and, upon request, a corresponding sticker for their personal vaccination booklet.

Healthcare workers will receive an invitation through their employer. People who do not work in the healthcare sector will receive an invitation from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) accompanied by a letter from the GGD, or their family doctor/GP about their appointment.



The vaccination will be administered free of charge.


Vaccination schedule

The vaccination programme will be conducted in phases. Different vaccines will become available throughout 2021. At first, the available vaccines will be distributed with the aim to reduce severe illness and mortality because of COVID-19. Priority will therefore be given to healthcare workers who take care of vulnerable groups with a high risk of illness and death. Thereafter, these vulnerable groups themselves will be vaccinated. The general practitioners will identify other medical risk groups and RIVM will assign priority by age. Internationals will be integrated in the Dutch national vaccination programme according to the above-mentioned criteria.

You can refer to the proposed vaccination timeline on for healthcare workers and people who do not work in healthcare.


Who will get vaccinated?

  • Everyone registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP), Non-residents Record Database (RNI) or Probas (MFA) will get vaccinated.
  • For RNI registrations the government is still working on an action plan.
  • Privileged persons registered in Probas/MFA can reach out to their host state affairs colleagues for more information.


What to do in the meantime?

  • Ensure you are registered in the BRP/municipality (>4 months in NL), Probas (privileged, via MFA) or RNI (<4 months in NL)
  • Ensure the contact details are registered correctly in the BRP/RNI/Probas.
  • Ensure you are registered with a GP or family doctor.


Get more information about the Dutch Vaccination Programme here, or download the brochure.