Frequently asked questions

In this page, you could find answers of some frequent asked questions regarding general Schengen visa rules, application process and detail requirement of documents. Please click on the questions you want to ask or type “Ctrl+F” and type in the key word of your questions, you will be suggested with relevant answers.

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1. Schengen visa information

1.1. What is the Schengen Area?

1.2. What is the European Union?

1.3. Do I need a Schengen visa?

1.4. Where can I apply for a visa?

1.5. When should I apply for a visa?

1.6. What are Schengen visa, national visa and Airport Transit visa?

1.7. Which area is defined as the Dutch Caribbean Islands?

1.8. Do I need a visa to travel to the Dutch Caribbean Islands?

1.9. How to read the visa sticker?

2. Application procedure

2.1. Can someone else apply for a visa on my behalf?

2.2. What you need to consider when applying through a representative?

2.3. Do I need to enroll my biometric data in the Visa Application Center?

2.4. Could the Visa Section request me to provide additional documents or information?

2.5. What are the special requirements for minor applicants?

2.6. How can I collect my passport?

2.7. What is the average processing time?

2.8. How should I arrange my application documents?

2.9. Can I submit my application documents by post?

3. Visa document requirement

3.1. Passport

3.2. Photo

3.3. Travel health insurance

3.4. Bank statement

4. Biometric data capture

4.1. I have already submitted my biometric data when I last applied for a visa. Do I have to come in person and submit them again if I re-apply for a visa?

4.2. How do I know whether fingerprint scans have already been provided during a previous Schengen visa application?

4.3. I got a refusal for my last visa application and I had provided my biometric data during the application process. Do I have to come in person and submit them again if I re-apply for a visa?

4.4. In which cases can I be exempted of biometric data capture?

4.5. Can the application be firstly submitted by a representative or by post and the fingerprints provided at a later stage (for example: one day after the application submission)?

4.6. Will the visas which have been issued before the 12th of October remain valid?

4.7. Can fingerprints from a previous national visa be copied into a Schengen-Visa?

4.8. Can fingerprints be copied from a previous UK- or US-Visa into a Schengen visa?