Applying for a Netherlands Schengen Visa in the UK - Netherlands Visa (2022)

Who Needs a Visa to Travel to the Netherlands From the UK?

Any UK citizen who holds either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can travel to the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean visa-free. However, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to the Netherlands.

In recent years, following visa liberalization policies for non-EU countries, the number of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to Europe has slightly dropped. Here is the list of nationalities that are still required to get a Schengen Visa to visit the Netherlands and other Schengen states.

Below you can find more information on applying for a Netherlands visa from the UK.

Who Can Apply for a Netherlands Visa From Within the UK?

Citizens of these countries residing in the UK and planning to visit the Netherlands are required to get a Dutch visa in order to be able to enter the Netherlands. 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 / the Schengen Area.

Use theSchengen visa eligibility checkertool to find out if you qualify to apply for a visa to the Netherlands from the UK.

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 Dutch Schengen visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK. Find out moreon how to extend your UK visa.

You should apply for a visa via the appropriate Dutch Embassy/Consulate or Dutch visa application centre in the UK if:

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  • 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 since you will be spending an equal amount of days in each Schengen country you plan to visit

If you plan on staying in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residency permit, not a Dutch Schengen visa.

Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom, you should apply at the Dutch Embassy/Consulate or Dutch visa application centre in your country of residence.

Netherlands Visa Application Documents and Requirements for UK Residents

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

  • A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure that:
    • 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 another form of Identity Card. The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
  • One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read the explanations carefully).
  • One passport format photo that has a light background, is brightly coloured and shows full face features. The photo must be less than three months old and be glued to the application form.
    • Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
    • Applicants who are not able to provide a photo of such requirements for medical reasons are required to submit a letter that states such inability and is signed by a doctor or medical organisation. Only then they are exempted from providing a photograph.
  • Biometric fingerprint data and a digital photograph (from 2 November 2015)
    • Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints
  • A cover letter that explains the purpose of the visit to the Netherlands
  • Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and 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). Thetravel insurance policy for the Netherlands can easily be purchased online fromEurop Assistance.
  • Proof of accommodation in the Netherlands:
    • Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
    • Invitation from your Dutch host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport (Proof of sponsorship),
    • Accommodation proof issued by the town hall in your host’s residence
  • Proof of financial subsistence:
    • A recent statement of the UK bank account for the last three months shows funds of at least 30 £ per person per day spent in the Netherlands. Cash, cheques or credit cards are not considered proof of financial subsistence.
    • For the Dutch Caribbean (in US Dollars) the amount required as proof of financial subsistence is:
      • Between 150$ and 200$ per day for a business or tourism visa
      • 100$ per day for a family visit

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. Depending on your employment status, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your visa application:

For employees:

  • 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

For retirees:

  • 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 Dutch 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 the UK
  • Dutch family record book

If being sponsored:

  • For the sponsor:
    • Copy of passport
    • Employment letter
    • A bank statement that proves financial sufficiency
    • Valid Schengen visa
    • Recent payslips
  • For the applicant
    • Sponsorship letter
    • Proof of relationship with the sponsor
    • Original and copy of marriage or birth certificate

Note: If the Marriage Certificate was issued outside the European Union, it must be stamped by the Foreign Office of the issuing country or its Embassy in the UK.

Requirements for children under the age of 18

Parents or adult guardians are required to accompany their underage children to the application centre at the Dutch Embassy. Also, minors who are granted a Dutch visa are not allowed to travel to the Netherlands by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult guardian during their stay in the Netherlands.

Required documents for visa application for underage children

  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
  • If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent

To find more about the documentation needed for applying for a visa to the Netherlands click here:

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How to Apply for a Dutch Visa From the UK?

  • By booking an appointment via email with Dutch Embassy in London. Not all applicants are qualified to apply at the Embassy. Only the following applicants can do so (Source:
    • Diplomatic passport holders
    • Visa applicants for the Dutch Caribbean
    • Dutch residents who lost their residence cards while in the UK.
  • Through VFS Centres.

The visa section ofthe Dutch Embassy is closed every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and on public holidays:

  • 1 January
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • 27 April
  • 5 May
  • 25 May
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • 25 and 26 December

Netherlands Visa Application and Processing Time

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 your application. In some cases, it may take up to 30 days or even 60 days if required documents are missing from the application.

Therefore, you are advised to make sure you provide all required documents and submit your application at least 15 days before you plan on leaving the UK.

Here is a list of third countries for whose nationals “ex-post” information is required. For such nationals, the processing time takes an extra 7 days.

Netherlands Visa Fees for UK Residents

Since the Netherlands is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a Dutch Schengen Visa when applying from the UK:

Schengen Visa Category (by age)Fee in UK PoundFee in Euro
Adult73 £80 €
Children between 6-12 years of age36.5 £40 €
Children younger than 6 years of ageFreeFree

Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can only be paid in UK Pounds and payment must be made in cash or via credit/debit card. Also, the visa application fee is not refundable and does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa.

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Visa fee exemptions

  • Children younger than 6 years of age
  • Spouse/family member of an EU/EEA national

Netherlands Visa fee discounts

Besides children of ages 6 and 12 these are two cases when applicants receive visa fee discounts (35 € or 29.70 £):

  • Nationals of countries (that have visa facilitation agreements with the EU) that are granted visa discounts are:
    • Armenia*
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina*
    • Cape Verde Islands
    • Georgia*
    • Kosovo
    • Montenegro*
    • North Macedonia*
    • Russian Federation
    • Serbia*
    • Ukraine*

*Note: This only applies to those nationals who do not hold a biometric passport.

  • Persons who apply for a Dutch Caribbean visa

Frequently Asked Questions about Netherlands Visas

Who issues Visas for the Netherlands in the UK?

Unlike other Schengen countries that authorize their respective embassies to handle visa applications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands issues Dutch Schengen visas for UK residents.

What can I do if my Dutch visa is refused?

If your visa is refused, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will return your passport and send you a letter stating the reasons for refusal. You are able to appeal against this decision within a period of 4 weeks. The appeal has to be submitted in writing.

If you plan on re-applying for a Netherlands visa you should pay attention to the reasons mentioned in the refusal letter in order to make amendments where needed.

Also, all fees are non-refundable and do not serve as a guarantee of your application’s success

Can someone else write the objection letter for me?

You can authorize a third person to submit your appeal for you. You are required to write a letter of authorization in one of the following languages: Dutch, English, French or German.

Can I apply for a visa if I don’t have a bank account?

You can apply even if you don’t have a bank account. In that case, you must provide:

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  • Traveller’s cheques worth 50 £ per day to cover your entire stay, or
  • Proof that you have a sponsor in the Netherlands

What is a Dutch Caribbean visa?

A Dutch Caribbean visa is a short stay multiple-entry visa issued only for travelling in the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Sint Maarten

Who needs a visa to travel to the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands?

Nationals of a large number of countries do not require a visa to travel to the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands. They are mostly Schengen countries and countries that have a visa facilitation agreement with the EU. You can find out more about who is exempted from such a visa here.

Can I visit the Netherlands with a Dutch Caribbean visa?

You cannot travel to the European part of the Netherlands with a Dutch Caribbean visa or another Schengen country.

Related visa information for the UK Residents:

  • French Visa –UK
  • Spanish Visa – UK
  • PortugueseVisa – UK
  • Italian Visa – UK
  • Dutch Visa – UK
  • German Visa – UK
  • Swedish Visa – UK
  • Norwegian Visa – UK
  • The Czech Visa – UK
  • Greece Visa – UK

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Where can I apply for Schengen visa in Netherlands from UK? ›

All Schengen visa applicants – including all Orange Carpet applicants – have to submit their visa applications with the VFS offices in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham or Manchester. Check the requirements and make an appointment via the website of VFS Global.

Can I get Schengen visa from UK? ›

To apply for a Schengen visa from the UK you must book an appointment with the relevant Consulate or Embassy in London. This can be done in two ways: By going to the Consulate/Embassy office in person. By applying via accredited agencies like VFS or BLS.

Can I apply for Schengen visa from another country? ›

You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country where you will spend the longest period.

Can I visit Netherlands with UK visa? ›

All travellers

UK nationals do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands.

Which country is the easiest to apply for Schengen visa? ›

In general, Lithuania is the easiest country to obtain a Schengen Visa from, with officials granting 98.7% of applications. The nation also receives fewer applications than countries such as Germany or France, as they are extremely popular with tourists and business travellers.

How long does it take to get Schengen visa from UK? ›

The processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 calendar days according to the Schengen Visa Code. Please arrange your appointment to submit your application as early as possible. You may apply up to six months before the start of the intended visit.

Where do I apply for Netherlands visa? ›

You may submit your visa application at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre. Please note: not all travel documents are recognized by the Netherlands.

Can I get Schengen visa in 5 days? ›

You will have to wait at least 15 days for your Schengen Visa to be processed, though the processing time will depend on your case.

Which is the easiest Schengen visa to get from UK? ›

Estonia is the easiest country to get a Schengen Visa from, with only 1.5% of applications rejected in 2020. This means that 98.5% of the Schengen Visa applications for Estonia received a positive answer.

What documents do I need for Schengen visa from UK? ›

Schengen Visa Application Requirements
  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
  • Two recently taken photos must be attached. ...
  • A valid passport. ...
  • Round trip reservation or itinerary. ...
  • Travel insurance policy. ...
  • Proof of accommodation. ...
  • Proof of financial means. ...
  • Proof of paid visa fee.

Which countries I can visit with UK visa? ›

Here is the list of 28 Countries Indians Can Visit on a UK Visa
  • Dominican Republic. One of the most visited countries in the Carribean, Dominican Republic is a diverse destination. ...
  • Bermuda. ...
  • Cayman Islands. ...
  • Turks and Caicos Islands. ...
  • Mexico - Cradle of civilizations. ...
  • Serbia. ...
  • Montenegro. ...
  • Georgia.

Which is the hardest country to get Schengen visa? ›

Which Countries Have The Highest Rejection Rates? According to Schengen Visa Statistic 2021, the 4 countries with the highest rejection rates were: Sweden, Norway, France, and Denmark. These 4 countries were more likely to reject a visa application than any other Schengen country.

Can I apply for two visas for different countries at the same time? ›

Re: Can I have two visas at the same time? Every country sets their own visa requirements and it's perfectly ok to have visas for different countries at the same time - in fact it's essential if a visa is an entry requirement.

How do I get a Schengen visa for the Netherlands? ›

What Documents Are Required for a Dutch Schengen Visa Application?
  1. Dutch visa application form. ...
  2. Two passport photos. ...
  3. Your valid passport. ...
  4. Copies of your previous visas (if applicable).
  5. Netherlands Travel Health Insurance. ...
  6. Round-trip Flight Itinerary. ...
  7. Proof of accommodation. ...
  8. Proof of civil status.

Can I apply for Netherlands visa online? ›

Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa

You can find out where to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa on This varies from country to country. In countries with a Dutch embassy or consulate you can apply for a visa there.

How many days it takes to get Netherlands visa? ›

You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance. In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. However, it can sometimes take up to 45 days, for example if extra documents are required.

What is the fastest way to get a Schengen visa? ›

Quick note: Applying to another Schengen Country is by far the easiest way to speed up the Schengen Visa application process. If this is something that makes you nervous, please don't be, as it's perfectly fine to do this. You can read more about applying to a Schengen Country you're not going to, here.

Why is it difficult to get Schengen visa? ›

According to Schengen Visa Info, there are 12 reasons for which visa applications are rejected most frequently, including here a criminal past of the applicant, a damaged passport, the invalidity of one of the documents submitted, and insufficient financial means to support travel, etc.

Which Schengen country has the fastest visa processing time? › has three available Germany Schengen Visa: Processing Time: the standard one takes 10 business days, the rush one lasts about 6 business days, and the super rush, the fastest one, takes only 4 business days to process your application.

Can I get Schengen visa in 7 days? ›

You must apply for your India Schengen Visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. It is advised you apply at least three weeks before you leave, however, to allow for any delays in the processing of your application.

Does VFS do Schengen visa? ›

Customers applying for a Schengen visa and are residing within the jurisdiction of Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, or Kolkata can submit their visa applications in any VFS centre within these jurisdictions as the application will be forwarded to the German Consulate General Mumbai for a decision.

How do I schedule an appointment for Netherlands visa? ›

Schedule an appointment at the VFS Visa Application Centre. After booking your appointment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your appointment, with a confirmation letter attached. If you apply as a family or other kind of group, please mention you are a member of a group.

How long does it take for a Schengen visa to be approved? ›

It takes 15 days to process a Schengen visa.

In individual cases, the visa processing time may be extended to 30 days after the interview, or in some very specific situations to 60 days.

How much bank balance is required for Schengen visa? ›

Proof of civil status – birth certificate will suffice. Bank statement – this needs to show a minimum balance of €3000 over the last 6 months.

Should my first trip be to the country issued by Schengen visa? ›

Should My First Point of Entry In The Schengen Area Be The Same As The Country That Issued My Schengen Visa? Yes, it is crucial that you enter the country which is your primary destination and which issued your Schengen visa before entering other countries unless the rules say otherwise.

Is Schengen visa Open 2022? ›

It resembles America's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The ETIAS system is expected to be in place by the end of 2022 and will become mandatory by the end of the following year.

Which countries give 5 year Schengen visa? ›

These Schengen States within the European Union include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Does Schengen visa require interview? ›

Once all your paperwork and documentation is completed and set in order, you'll be expected to attend a Schengen Visa interview, which will determine whether you eventually receive your Visa or not. The interviewers are trained to detect hesitation, unwillingness to answer certain questions, etc.

Which Schengen visa is longest? ›

Short stay (type C) Schengen visas are valid for 90 days, but long stay (type D) visas range from 6 months to 5 years.

Can I visit Switzerland with UK visa? ›

Holders of British Travel Documents (Convention of 28 July 1951 and Convention of 28 September 1954) do not need a visa for short stays in Switzerland up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Can I visit Dublin with UK visa? ›

Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland. For exceptions to this, please see Schedules 2 and 3 below. If you're a citizen of a non-EEA country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

Which Schengen visa is the shortest? ›

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.

Which Schengen country gives fastest citizenship? ›

Malta. Malta has one of the speediest routes to citizenship of the country and by extension the EU, with a fast-track program enabling citizenship within one year in return for an investment of at least 750,000 Euros into government programs, government bonds or donation to an approved organisation.

Can you apply for two European visas at the same time? ›

A Schengen visa, by definition, is for all Schengen countries, so you can't have two Schengen visas for different countries. But sure, you can have two visas for different time periods if you have multiple trips and the first visa doesn't cover them all.

Where can I apply for a Schengen visa in Netherlands? ›

You can find out where to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa on This varies from country to country. In countries with a Dutch embassy or consulate you can apply for a visa there.

Where do I apply for a visa to the Netherlands? ›

You may submit your visa application at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre. Please note: not all travel documents are recognized by the Netherlands. If you apply for a visa with such a non-recognized travel document, your visa application can be declared inadmissible.

Where should I apply my Schengen visa? ›

You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country of your primary destination (i.e. main purpose of stay or longest stay).

Where can I book a Schengen visa appointment? ›

In order to make your appointment, you will need to go to the website of the embassy or consulate that you dealing with and use their online booking system and choose a convenient date and time for your appointment. If they do not have an online booking system, you can phone or email them.

Can I apply for Schengen visa through VFS? ›

Customers applying for a Schengen visa and are residing within the jurisdiction of Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, or Kolkata can submit their visa applications in any VFS centre within these jurisdictions as the application will be forwarded to the German Consulate General Mumbai for a decision.

Is Netherlands issuing Schengen visa? ›

The visa allows you to travel freely within the Netherlands and other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Attention: As of 17 September 2022, there are no longer any COVID-19 entry rules for travellers to the Netherlands.

How long it takes to get Schengen visa from UK? ›

You will have to wait at least 15 days for your Schengen Visa to be processed, though the processing time will depend on your case. In specific cases, embassies can take 30 days to process a visa, and the Schengen Visa processing time could even be as long as 60 days in extraordinary circumstances.

Why are there no appointments for Schengen visa? ›

This situation has occurred because embassies are unable to meet the high demand for Schengen visas. This happened because the number of Schengen visas is fixed.

How much is VFS fee for Schengen visa? ›

The cost of the VFS service fees is 31.5 EUR per visa applicant (in local currency, this amount is approximately USD $38).


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