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If you want to visit the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. This depends on your nationality. The visa allows you to travel freely within the Netherlands and other Schengen countries within a 180-day period.

Short-stay Schengen visa
The short-stay visa is a Schengen visa. It allows you to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Your visa will be valid for a specific period. This period may be shorter than 90 days. You can travel freely between the 26 Schengen countries while your visa is valid. If you want to leave and re-enter the Schengen area within the 180-day period, choose the multiple-entry option when making your application.

Countries within the Schengen Area



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Types of Visas

Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay. Read the visa pages to see if you need a visa and how you can apply for one.

  • Airport transit visa –If you are transferring to another flight at a Dutch airport, you might need an airport transit visa.
  • Short-stay visa –A short-stay visa (Schengen visa) allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days. Besides the Netherlands, it is also valid in the other Schengen countries.
  • Long-stay visa -If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you might need a long-stay visa. This is also called an authorization for temporary stay (MVV).
  • Caribbean visa –If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands you might need a Caribbean visa. This will allow you to visit Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.
  • Visa facilitation –you want to travel to the Netherlands with a family member who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national or join them there, you can apply for visa facilitation

Eligibility Criteria

You will be required to fulfill the following to apply for the Netherlands Tourist Visa.

  • Fill the application form completely
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
  • Proof of flight bookings, hotel bookings, and detailed plans of your activities during the stay
  • Flight itinerary reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay
  • Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the intended stay
  • Recent bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Proof of having valid insurance
  • Invitation letter

Documents Required

The following documents are required in order to obtain a Dutch visa

  • Your valid passport with 2 full blank pages
  • Two passport-size color photos.
  • Proof of planned travel including reservations with a travel agent.
  • Proof of travel health insurance covering the value of at least 30,000 Euros in the Schengen area.
  • Required Documents providing your reason for return to your home country.
  • Required Documents demonstrating the purpose of your trip.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay

Applying Process

The steps which have to be followed while applying for a Schengen Visa are:

  • Find out the Schengen Visa type you need as per your purpose of visit.
  • Check the right place for you to apply for the visa application.
  • As per your requirement to visit the country, find a suitable day and time to apply and start the visa process.
  • Book your appointment with the Consulate or the Embassy.
  • Complete the Schengen Visa application form with the right information.
  • Gather all required documents which are needed to support your visa application.
  • Attend the visa interview as scheduled with the Embassy or the consulate.

Cost of Applying for Netherlands Visit Visas

The application fee requirements vary from one visa type to another

Schengen Visa Fee Charges:


Type of Visa


Schengen Visa Single Entry (90 Days)

60 Euros

Schengen Visa Multiple Entry (90 Days)

60 Euros

Schengen Visa Children 6-12 Years (90 Days)

35 Euros

Schengen Visa Children 0-6 Years (90 Days)

No Charge

Transit Visa (Ages 12 Years & Above)

60 Euros

Transit Visa Children (6-12 Years)

35 Euros

Transit Visa Children (0-6 Years)

No Charge

Return Visa

148 Euros


Processing Time for Visit Visa

Typically, a Netherlands Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Netherlands Embassy/Consulate.
Take these factors into account because sometimes it may also come earlier or be delayed
  • You may have to personally visit the visa center if you are applying for the first time.
  • Visa application centers are only available in major cities.
  • The processing of the Schengen Visa application form is a bit complicated when compared to visas to France, Spain, and other EU countries.

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