How to Apply for a Netherlands Schengen Visa from the UK
Located in Northwestern Europe, with much of its territory below sea level, it’s no wonder everyone talks about the Netherlands as a land of wonderful canals. But that’s just one of this country’s many appeals. Scattered throughout, you will also find picturesque windmills, colourful flower fields, idyllic villages, and vibrant cities rich in art, culture, and history.
Due to its relatively small size, it is easy to visit the Netherlands fairly quickly and to see a lot of the country in a short space of time. Getting out into the countryside is often one of the highlights of a trip for many, especially if you visit famous areas like the traditional villages that are filled with iconic windmills and tulips.
You can apply for the Netherlands Schengen Visa since 1995 when the Netherlands, as an EU Member State, also became a member state of the Schengen Area.
Netherlands Entry Restrictions in Response to Coronavirus
In early 2020, the Netherlands joined the rest of its Schengen country neighbours in closing its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has since partially reopened its borders, with conditions.
The entry requirements below are accurate at the time of posting, but they may change at any time and you should check on the latest news regarding restrictions, quarantine or whether a test will be required either from reliable news sources, the Netherlands government website, or the UK government website one to two weeks before your trip to be aware of the latest requirements for travelling to the Netherlands.
All travellers who wish to travel to the Netherlands by air must fill in the Health Declaration form. You should check the classification of your country of departure to know the requirements for your entry into the Netherlands.
Children under 12 years are exempt from quarantine and testing requirements.
If you are travelling from outside of Europe, the EU list of safe countries applies. If you are travelling from a country on this list, you can enter the Netherlands with a negative test result or proof of vaccination.
Who needs a visa to travel to Netherlands from the UK?
Travelling to the Netherlands for EU/EEA Citizens
The Netherlands is a Schengen country, which allows for free movement between the 26 EU and EFTA states (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland). A uniform Schengen visa issued by one of the Schengen states is valid for travel within the whole Schengen area.
Travelling to the Netherlands Post-Brexit for UK Citizens
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism, visiting family or friends, attending business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
- Therefore, if you’re travelling to the Netherlands, previous visits to the Schengen area within the 180 days before your date of travel would count against the 90-day limit.
- If you are travelling visa-free to the Netherlands and to other countries in the Schengen area, make sure your whole visit is within the limit.
- To stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by the Netherlands. This could mean applying for a visa or work permit. You should check with the Embassy of the Netherlands what type of visa, if any, you will need.
- Periods of stay authorised under a visa or permit will not count against the 90-day limit.
At border control for the Netherlands, you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
You should check that your passport is stamped upon entering and exiting the Schengen area through the Netherlands as a visitor. Border guards use passport stamps to check that you are complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area.
If these entry or exit stamps are not present in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit. If this is the case, you can show proof of entering or exiting using boarding passes or tickets and ask the border guard to update this information onto your passport.
You should also check your passport is valid for travel to the Schengen Area before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave the Netherlands, or any other Schengen country and less than 10 years old.
Travelling to the Netherlands for Other Third Country Nationals
Many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to the Netherlands.
Citizens of the following countries residing in the UK and planning to visit The Netherlands are required to get a Netherlands visa to be able to enter the Netherlands.
|Cape Verde||Central African Republic||Chad|
|Dem. Rep. Of Congo||Djibouti||Dominican Republic|
|North Korea||Northern Mariana’s||Oman|
|Pakistan||Papua New Guinea||Philippines|
|Sao Tome And Principe||Saudi Arabia||Senegal|
|Sierra Leone||Somalia||South Africa|
The main requirement is that you must have a UK residence permit valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the Netherlands or the Schengen Area.
Before starting a visa application, or getting a flight to the Netherlands, make sure to check whether you need a visa to the Netherlands or not.
If you have a 3-month UK visa you can extend it for three more months in order to be eligible to apply for a Netherlands Schengen visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK.
Note: You can stay in the UK until the decision about the extension is taken, but only if you have applied within the visa period.
You should apply for a Netherlands visa at the appropriate Netherlands Embassy/Consulate or Netherlands visa application centre in the UK if:
- The Netherlands is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting
- The Netherlands is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in)
- The Netherlands is the first Schengen country you are visiting (when spending an equal amount of days in the Netherlands and another Schengen country)
In case you plan on staying in the Netherlands for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a Netherlands Schengen visa.
Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Netherlands Embassy/Consulate/VAC in your home country of residence.
Steps to Applying for a Netherlands Schengen Visa from the UK
Step 1: Know your visa type and validity
To apply for a Schengen visa to the Netherlands in the UK, you first need to know the type of visa you require and how long the visa will be valid. There are different Netherlands Schengen visa types depending on your purpose of travelling from the UK to the Netherlands.
- Short-stay (Schengen) Visa – valid for up to 90 days (in a 180-day period) for the purposes of tourism, business, visiting family/friends, conference, EEA/EU national family member
- Residence and work permits (Long stays) – you should apply for this kind of visa if you want to live in Netherlands for more than 90 days for employment, family reunification, study, research etc.
You will then be issued either a single entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa for up to 5 years based on the information you provide in your visa application.
Find out more about the types of Schengen visas in our article: Schengen Visa Types – All You Should Know When Applying for a Schengen Visa
Step 2: Identify where to make application and book an appointment
To apply for a Netherlands Schengen visa you must know where to book an appointment.
You can do this either at the Dutch embassy in London or through other means.
Not all applicants are qualified to apply at the embassy. Only the following applicants can do so:
- Visa applicants for the Dutch Caribbean
- Dutch residents who lost their residence card while in the UK.
If you do not meet any of these conditions, you can apply through the following:
- Book it yourself through VFS Global
- Use a service like IaM who will also make sure that your application will have the best chance of being approved
Step 3: Complete your application form
The Schengen visa application form contains questions about you including:
- Name and surname
- Date and place of birth
- Sex and marital status
- National Identity number
- Passport number
- Home address and email
- Purpose of trip
- Question regarding previous trips to Schengen, if any
- Intended date of arrival in Schengen area you are visiting, and the intended period of stay
- Cost of traveling and remaining in Schengen area you are visiting, who will cover them, etc.
Step 4: Prepare your documents
The following list of documents are required in order to obtain a visa to the Netherlands in the UK:
- A valid passport or travel document. Please make sure:
- Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
- Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
- Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
- A valid UK residence permit or other form of Identity Card.
- The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
- The UK residence permit must be valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the Netherlands.
- One Netherlands Schengen visa application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
- One recently taken passport format photo with a blank background and where all your facial features are clear, which must be glued to the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
- A cover letter explaining the purpose of the visit to the Netherlands
- Biometric data (Applies only if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months):
- A copy of the passport bio page where the photo is included.
Note: Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints.
- Proof of travel arrangements:
- Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport
- Complete itinerary of your visit to the Netherlands (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
- Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in the Netherlands but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30,000).
- Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU/EEA citizens are exempted from providing proof of travel medical insurance
- Proof of accommodation in the Netherlands:
- Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
- Invitation from your Netherlands host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport
- Proof of financial subsistence showing at least 48€/day for the period of stay in Netherlands:
- Original recent bank statement (covering the last 3 calendar months. The last transaction must be no more than 1 month old) to prove that you are able to support yourself during your stay
- Traveller’s Cheques
Note: Cash is not considered proof of financial subsistence.
- Certificate of criminal record of the home country– showing that candidate has no open crime case involvement
- Proof of paid Netherlands visa fee.
Note: Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.
The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit to the Netherlands.
Additional documents required for your visa application based on employment status
- Employment contract
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
For the self-employed:
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
For foreign students in the UK:
- Proof of enrollment
- No-objection certificate from school or university
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:
- A recent (less than 3 months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
- Spouse’s valid passport
- An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English or Netherlands and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in UK
Requirements for children under the age of 18:
Parents or an adult guardian are required to accompany their underage children to the application centre at the Embassy of Netherlands in London. Also, minors who are granted a Netherlands visa are not allowed to travel to the Netherlands by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in the Netherlands.
Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your Netherlands Visa application.
Additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Netherlands Visa Application
Netherlands Tourist/Visitor Visa:
- Invitation letter from your family or friends in the Netherlands with the address and phone number – if applicable
- Bank statement of the last 6 months
- Passport copies
Netherlands Visa for Business Purposes:
- Invitation letter from the Netherlands company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
- A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
- If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
- Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
- Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.
Netherlands Visa for Medical Purposes:
- A local medical report
- A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Netherlands, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
- Payment receipt of medical fees
Netherlands Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:
- Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit, expense coverage
- Names of the applicants (crew members)
- Duration of stay
- Travel itinerary
Netherlands Visa for Members of Official Delegations:
- The official invitation copy
- Identity of applicant
- Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
- Duration of stay
- Place of accommodation
Netherlands Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other types of Internship Purposes:
- An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses
- Certificate of completion or courses attended
- Financial sustenance
Netherlands Airport Transit Visa:
- Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
- Copy of your valid visa for your final destination
Required documents for visa application for underage children
- Birth certificate
- Netherlands Schengen Visa application form should be signed by both parents.
- Family court order, in cases where only one parent has full custody over the child.
- Certified copies of ID / passport of both parents
- A notarized parental authorization to travel to Netherlands, signed by both parents / guardians, if the minor will be travelling alone with another person.
All documents provided should be legalized.
Step 5: Attend your appointment
The visa interview is a meeting between you and the consular officer/interviewer. During this interview, the consular officer will ask you several questions about you and your intended trip. You will also be submitting the required documents throughout the meeting, to the interviewer.
On the day of the interview, show up at the appointment centre on time (embassy or consulate). Remember that if you are late even for a few minutes, then they will probably cancel your appointment. Try wearing something a bit more official, but comfortable.
The Netherlands visa interview takes around 10 minutes to complete. During this interview, the consular officer will ask you several questions about you and your intended trip. You will also be submitting the required documents throughout the meeting, to the interviewer.
Find out more about how to ace your Schengen visa interview in our article: Schengen Visa Interview Questions and Answers and How to Prepare for it
Netherlands Schengen Visa Fees for UK Residents
Since the Netherlands is a Schengen country, the visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa.The fee must be paid upon submitting the Netherlands visa application. After you complete this payment, you will receive a receipt, which shows that payment has been made, which must be offered amongst other documents of the application dossier. You will have to pay the Netherlands Schengen visa fee in order for your application to be processed.
Find out the Schengen visa fees in our blog post: Schengen Visa Fees: How much does a Schengen visa cost?
Netherlands Schengen Visa Fee Exemptions
- Children younger than 6 years of age
- Spouse/family member of an EU/EEA national
Netherlands Schengen Visa Fee Discounts
Besides children of ages between 6 and 12 these are two cases when applicants receive visa fee discounts (35 € or 29.70 £):
- Nationals of countries (that have visa facilitation agreement with the EU) that are granted visa discounts are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina*
- Cape Verde Islands
- North Macedonia*
- Russian Federation
*Note: This only applies to those nationals who do not hold a biometric passport.
- Persons who apply for a Dutch Caribbean visa
Step 6: Receive your visa
Visa Application Processing Time in UK
You can apply for a Netherlands Schengen Visa 6 months before your planned trip. Depending on the nationality of the applicant, the processing time may take at least 15 days from the day of application. In some cases when required documents are missing from the application, this process may take longer.
Therefore, to avoid unwanted complications, the Netherlands Consulate General in London advises that you provide all required documents and submit your application at least 20 workdays (4 weeks) before the day you leave for the Netherlands.
Netherlands Schengen Visa Application Decision
- Approved – Once your visa is approved, it will be stamped in your passport. Make sure to carefully check the visa sticker to make sure everything is correct and exactly how you need it.
- Rejected – if your visa has been rejected, it would have been for a specific reason and you have the right to appeal.
Common Netherlands Schengen visa rejection reasons
- Marriage certificate missing – if you are applying for a visa for family reasons, you may have to prove family ties. This is why you must provide a marriage certificate
- You applied for the wrong visa – it is your responsibility to apply for the correct visa depending on how long you are going to Netherlands for and your reason for travelling there
- It is not clear that you plan to return to the UK – it must be clear that you intend to return to the UK before the visa expires. If the visa staff have doubts about this, your visa will be rejected
- The purpose of your trip cannot be established – the reason why you are planning to go to Netherlands must be made clear. You can do this by providing specific documents like a full itinerary, work contract or invitation letter, etc.
What if my Netherlands Schengen visa is rejected?
If you receive a negative answer in your Netherlands Schengen visa application, this does not mean you cannot ever travel to the Netherlands. You have two options.
- File an appeal for a Netherlands Schengen visa rejection if you believe that the decision to deny you a visa is unjust. You should have a strong basis for your complaint. You can appeal this decision by writing an appeal letter for a Netherlands Schengen visa rejection.
- Reapply by correcting the mistakes you did in your previous application. Or improve your situation to comply with the eligibility criteria for a Netherlands Schengen Visa.
Netherlands Schengen Visa Extension
A person visiting the Netherlands on a Schengen visa is allowed by law to extend their visa if they have legitimate reasons. This could be either personal, professional, medical, emergency, or any other. The decisions to approve a Schengen visa extension request are handled case by case.
The duration you are allowed to stay in the country is stated in your Schengen visa sticker. It is important not to overstay during your trip to the Netherlands or the rest of the Schengen Zone or risk facing penalties like a fine, deportation, being banned from travelling back to the Schengen Zone and having difficulties in your future Schengen applications. There are also cases when people do not get any penalties for overstaying, for example, a child or a person that cannot travel without a caretaker because of an illness or disability or an unforeseen event that prevents you from leaving the country, like COVID-19.
Find out more about overstaying in the Schengen visa in our blog post.
Netherlands Schengen Visa Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Netherlands Schengen visa easy to get?
Yes, it’s easy to apply for a Netherlands Schengen visa! You can apply for the visa online or use immigration services like IAM to make the process even simpler for you and have a higher chance of your application being accepted.
How long does a Netherlands Schengen visa take to process?
You can apply for a Netherlands Schengen visa up to 180 days before your planned trip. The Netherlands visa application process takes a minimum of 5 working days but can take up to 2 weeks. We advise you to make your application 3 weeks before your trip to make up for any possible delays in processing.
How can I get a multiple entry visa to Netherlands?
If you want to get a multiple entry visa to Netherlands or any country in the Schengen area, you need to justify through your documents and your visa interview why you should be granted such a visa, which includes proving that you have sufficient resources to support your multiple trips.
How much is a Schengen visa for Netherlands?
The fee for a Netherlands Schengen visa is 80€ for adults, 40€ for children between 6-12 years of age, and free for children younger than 6 years of age. Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can be paid only in UK Pounds. Payments can be made in cash and by credit or debit card.
How can I get a Netherlands Schengen visa fast?
You can get a premium Schengen visa to get your Netherlands Schengen visa within 24 to 48 hours, which includes personalised advice from an expert immigration adviser.
How much money do I need to show in my bank account for a Netherlands Schengen visa?
You will need 48€/day for the period of your stay in Netherlands.
Are Euros used in Netherlands?
Yes, the country adopted the euro as their currency since 2002.
What other countries can I travel to on a Netherlands Schengen visa?
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