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Important Notice

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.

Important Notice

17th April, 2020

Dear applicants, please be advised that we are now receiving visa applications from individuals who:

  • Are family members of the Dutch citizens or travel for the purpose of family reunification;
  • Are working for international organizations and travelling for work.
  • Please contact us in advance as you may be asked to provide supplementary evidence prior to application submission.

    Changes in the rules for Schengen visa applications and increase of visa fees

    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:

    • multiple-entry visa for 1 year: if you have received a Schengen visa 3 times in the past 2 years and used it correctly;
    • multiple-entry visa for 2 years: if you have received a multiple-entry visa for 1 year in the past 2 years and used it correctly;
    • multiple-entry visa for 5 years: if you have received a multiple-entry visa for 2 years in the past 3 years and used it correctly.

    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.

    Study and Scientific Research applications are no longer accepted

    Dear applicants,

    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.

    Self-service insurance

    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.

         

    Implementation of document scanning

    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:

    • All documents should be A4 size;
    • You photocopy all original and any documents which are smaller or larger than A4 onto A4 sized paper;
    • You remove any clips or pins from documents before submitting them;
    • If your documents are torn, crumpled or heavily creased documents, please photocopy them onto A4 sized paper before they are submitted, as they cannot be scanned in this condition;
    • All photocopies must be clear and complete. It is recommended to submit colored photocopies to ensure a good photocopy quality;
    • Arrange your documents according to the document list order;
    • Submitted photocopies which do not fulfill the above mentioned requirements might influence the outcome of the visa decision.