Welcome to the newly redesigned website of TLScontact. We are looking forward to be receiving you!
20th October, 2020
Please be advised that effective immediately you can apply for a visa for the below travel purposes, given you meet the accompanying criteria for additional supporting documents:
We advise you to always contact the diplomatic mission or TLScontact in advance to clarify your questions well in advance to ensure your application documents meet the requirements outlined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
3rd September, 2020
Please be advised that effective immediately and until further notice, the European Union has suspended Schengen visa representation for other EU member countries. This means that the Visa Application Centre of the Netherlands can now only accept visa applications for the Netherlands itself, and can no longer accept applications on behalf of other Schengen states. Please contact the local representation of the Schengen state you're trying to apply for to receive more information.
10th August, 2020
European Union citizens including UK nationals, and members of their families, as well as residents of third countries on the list established by the EU can presently travel to the Netherlands. Please note this list is subject to change, according to developments regarding Covid-19. For countries still under the EU travel ban, there is a limited number of exemptions (where it is possible to travel to the Netherlands).
Visit the relevant page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to view the list of countries, to learn more about the exemptions and to see if you can apply for a visa.
Your application will only enter the decision phase if it fulfils all Schengen visa requirements and explicitly and clearly meets the criteria for an exemption.
29th July, 2020
Dear applicants, please note that as of 27 July an exception is made to the current entry ban for foreign partners of Dutch citizens (and EU citizens residing in the Netherlands) who have demonstrably been a couple for at least three months.
At the time of your application submission you will be required to submit additional evidence, including: a declaration of relationship in which you state that you have had a relationship with a Dutch citizen (or EU citizen) currently residing in the Netherlands of at least three months (Relatieverklaring vrijstelling inreisverbod COVID-19) and a proof of having seen your partner at least twice in the past 12 months (or once for a period of at least 4 weeks). Such proof may be presented in the form of copies of hotel and ticket reservations, copies of entry and exit stamps from previous trips in passports, or bank statements of reservations or other payments related to the trip to be with the partner.
We strongly advise you to contact us to confirm the detailed list of requirements for your eligibility prior to making any travel arrangements or bookings.
17th April, 2020
Dear applicants, please be advised that we are now receiving visa applications from individuals who:
Please contact us in advance as you may be asked to provide supplementary evidence prior to application submission.
Due to changes in the Schengen regulations, new rules apply to the visa application process. At the same time visa fees increase. The most important changes are:
Extended application period
You can apply for your Schengen visa 6 months before your planned travel date (this was 3 months). Seafarers can apply 9 months in advance.
Increase of visa fees
The Schengen and Caribbean visa fees have been increased. Please click here to check visa fees.
Multiple-entry Schengen visa for regular travellers
Do you regularly travel to the Netherlands / Schengen area? Then you may qualify for a multiple-entry visa with a longer period of validity. You must meet a number of conditions:
Decisions on the issuing of visa will be made on an individual basis. No rights can be derived from the above.
Biometrics / applying in person for Schengen visa applications
Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months before your current application? Then someone else can submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person.
Please note: it is not possible to verify if your biometric data are in the system at the time of application. It is therefore possible that you will be invited to come to submit them at a later moment. You may also be invited to come for an interview on an individual basis.
Please be advised that applications for visa type: Study, Scientific Research are no longer accepted. Those travelling to the Netherlands for study purposes and with a purpose of conducting scientific research can apply for Business visa.
Additional questions regarding those visa types can be directed at the Embassy or the Consulate of the Netherlands.
Due to the regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of December 22nd 2003), it is necessary for visa applicants to be in possession of travel insurance valid during their stay in the Schengen area.
As approved by Dutch Embassy and consulates, the Visa Application Centers in China for the Netherlands introduce an option of choosing a travel medical insurance meeting Schengen insurance requirements on an independent self-service insurance website. This service is provided by a third-party service provider.
The digital and paper documents will be sent to the Dutch consular authority with your passport, and visa decision officers will consider your application in the usual way.
In order to avoid delays in the Visa Application Centre, we recommend to applicants to note the following: